Teacher Licensure - Special Education Students
College of Education & Liberal Arts

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure - Special Education

Broaden Your Career Opportunities by Earning Teacher Licensure

This 15-credit graduate certificate empowers graduates of Wilmington University’s non-licensure Education Studies degree programs to complete the coursework and clinical experiences required by the Delaware Department of Education to earn an initial teaching license.

Gain access to teaching positions in the public school system

There is a distinct need for licensed educators on both the national and local level. In Delaware, a wealth of employment opportunities exists for special education teachers. Licensure opens the door to a range of teaching positions, and this certificate provides a pathway for graduates of Wilmington University’s Education Studies program to return to WilmU to complete the coursework and Praxis exam required to earn a teaching license in Delaware.

Work toward teacher licensure through a comprehensive curriculum

The program consists of three (one-credit) practicum courses, three credits in performance assessment and nine credits in student teaching. Each practicum course requires candidates to complete 60 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Classroom experience is supported by an additional 30 hours of practicum seminar sessions conducted by faculty. The student teaching experience requires 80 consecutive days of student teaching in a setting that is aligned to the candidate’s declared major.

Apply your certificate credits to a master’s degree

Students who have completed this teacher licensure certificate can apply all 15 credits to the M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. This unique program allows the student to construct a master’s degree by choosing two (15-credit) graduate certificates from a selection of 11 areas of distinction.

Notable Admissions Requirements

Candidates seeking acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure - Special Education program must be graduates of WilmU’s M.Ed. in Education Studies - Special Education program.

Additionally, candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA from the prior two years of coursework and must present an attempt at the ETS Praxis exam in which the candidate is seeking certification as well as an attempt at the Special Education Praxis exam.

Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE™ Program

Earn this Dual-Credit Certificate and apply the credits to a related WilmU degree program! Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE lets you earn multiple credentials simultaneously — accelerating your education goals and making your credits even more valuable. Learn more about WilmU's Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE™.

Why a WilmU Certificate?

Wilmington University certificate programs teach you the subject-specific knowledge you need to advance in your career or to simply explore a new field. Build skills that can give you greater opportunities in your evolving field today. Many WilmU certificate programs can be completed online or at several of our face-to-face locations!

Professionals Who Would Benefit From This Program

  • Candidates who have a WilmU degree in Education Studies with a concentration in Special Education
Please see Notable Admissions Requirements.

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