Special Education Technology and Innovation Graduate Certificate

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New tools for teaching special ed

Use tech to improve how you teach students with disabilities and special needs.

Improve your teaching style, lesson plans and methods. Discover what helps your students learn.

Certificate in Special Education Technology and Innovation

Reesha Adamson, Program Director
Park Central Office Building, Room 103

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education Technology and Innovation provides a 9-hour graduate-level experience for school administrators, teachers, and individuals working at the school building level. The program provides specific knowledge about differentiation and embedding technology and assistive technology to meet the needs of students with disabilities and other diverse learners in educational environments. The certificate is interdisciplinary in nature and provides competencies in various types of instructional and assistive technology. This certificate also will contain the opportunity for acquisition of nationally recognized micro-credentials commonly recognized by educational community. This certificate is a Missouri State University certificate and does not meet Missouri State Certification requirements for teaching.

Admissions criteria

  1. Completion of the baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A personal statement that addresses the applicant's professional career goals and how the program will help accomplish these goals.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. A brief resume or curriculum Vita.
  5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.0 on the International English Language System (IELTS).

Required courses - 9 hours total

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 779 Application of Technology in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 784 Advanced Procedures in Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 3 hrs
SPE 787 Advanced Behavioral Analysis and Intervention 3 hrs

This certificate is a Missouri State University certificate and does not meet Missouri State Certification requirements for teaching.


Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

Possible career paths

This certificate helps you bring tech into your career as a:

  • School administrator.
  • Teacher.
  • Related education professional.

Inspiring academics

Knowledge based on experience — Missouri State's approach to learning sets you up for success with insight from expert faculty, personalized advising and practical learning opportunities.

Unbeatable Value

A smart investment in your future — Missouri State is committed to delivering academic excellence along with affordable costs and extensive financial aid opportunities.