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Are you a Special Educator with a
Provisional License in Virginia?

Our fully online Graduate Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching is
built for provisionally
licensed special education teachers in Virginia seeking
full licensure to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities.  

Complete the 27-credit-hour program on your own timeline in as few as 18 months,
5 semesters (accelerated timeline available upon request).

Interested? Attend an Open Student Hour. Sign up for a 1:1 meeting with our team.
Or, download our Graduate Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching Insert



Highlights At-a-Glance

20% educator discount

  • Certificate
    • Complete fully online in as few 18 months
    • Asynchronous and synchronous courses that you complete on your schedule
    • Flexible program of study scheduling, complete at your pace
    • 27 credits with practicum integrated into your current class and school
    • No GRE or MAT testing is required 
    • Financial aid & specialized tuition grant support
    • 20% per credit VCU Educator Discount (in-state)
    • Roll your certificate credits into an M.Ed. in as little as 4 additional courses

  • VCU School of Education
    • 60-year record of teacher preparation, 17K+ Alums 
    • 18th Best (Public) School of Education, U.S. News & World Report
    • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
    • More than $40M in external grants that include special education research, policy and practice best practices
    • Program courses align with required VDOE special education, general education requirements


An advanced degree (and a higher salary)
is closer than you think

By completing just four additional courses within 7 years of starting our
Graduate Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching,
many of our students earn a Masters in Education in Special Education, general education.

And, of course, that often means more compensation.  

From there, you can aim to complete your Ph.D. in Special Education (only one in the state!)
Ed.D. in Leadership at VCU. The possibilities are endless!




Lead with Confidence 

Confidently work with students with learning, emotional disabilities, and mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.


Finish Quickly

Most participants complete this certificate within 18 months, or just five semesters. Accelerated options are available upon request!


Study at Your Pace 

Start any semester and complete courses in Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Courses at-a-Glance

  • Educational Foundations for Collaboration and Universally
    Designed Learning
  • Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Theories, Assessment and Practices in Literacy Development
    for Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • Math Methods and Online Education
  • Secondary Education and Transition Planning

  • Behavior Support of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Instructional Methods and Programming for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Literacy Foundations: Sociological/Psychological Perspectives
  • Pick from two practicum choices:
    1. Special Education in an Elementary Education Environment or
    2. Special Education in a Secondary Education Environment


Serra De Arment, Ph.D.Let’s Talk!

Hi! I am Serra De Arment, Ph.D., and I would love to help you learn about our Graduate Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching. I've worked for more than a decade as a special education teacher in Virginia and completed my National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist.

A teacher at heart, I am passionate about teacher education practices to help strengthen the special educator workforce and enhance student access and inclusion, particularly in under-resourced communities and for students with multiple marginalized identities. Let’s connect to explore options for your career as a special educator. 



Do you need financial assistance?

Learn more about the 20% Education Tuition Rate.

Learn more from Dr. De Arment about the additional tuition grant funding.

Apply now

>> Apply today!

Application deadlines:
Spring December 31 |   Summer March 1 |  Fall  August 1 |

Applications requirements at-a-glance:




Study to become a licensed special educator in a local cohort

We work with school divisions to organize specialized cohorts so you benefit from a fully online program along with the support of local colleagues. Let’s get started with a workshop, information session or call.
Contact Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D. (
jlenhardt@vcu.edu) for details.



Just getting started?

VCU School of Education offers Trends in Special Education SEDP 630,
the required prerequisite course for a provisional license in special education in Virginia,
every semester, fully online.  

>> Apply to take this course here.



Join us!

Join our Open Student Hours for
Provisionally Licensed Special Education Teachers




>> Read full article in VCU News

Disclosures: The School of Education degree programs that lead to professional licensure prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Review VCU Licensure Disclosures here. The information on this website is for informational purposes only. The VCU Bulletin is the official source for academic program requirements.