Early Childhood Special Education, Graduate Certificate

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Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours
College of
Education, Health & Human Sciences

The online graduate certificate in Early Childhood Special Education prepares you to work with young children with developmental delays or disabilities to help optimize their growth and development. You'll gain expertise in identifying typical and atypical child development, partnering with families, and assessing children. The certificate is particularly suited to help early childhood teachers, behavior therapists, speech language pathologists, childcare providers, and special educators better understand how to meet the unique needs of children within the context of their families and caregivers. If you're a certified teacher completing the certificate, you'll be able to earn the Florida Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities Endorsement.

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University Accreditation: Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. Florida State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels.

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