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Enhance your Bachelor of Education by becoming qualified to teach special education.


Quick facts
  • Two year certificate
  • Part-time program
  • You can complete this program off-campus
  • You cannot begin this program directly from high school

What you will learn

In as little as two years and from the comfort of your home, you can complete the Post-Degree Certificate in Education: Special Education by using a combination of specially designed independent course study materials, computer conferencing sessions guided by instructional staff, weekly assignments and a final examination. You will be provided with course guides, print packages and supplementary audio-visual materials as well as selected resources online to make your learning experience interesting and challenging.

To complete this program, you will take eight required courses and two elective courses.

  • EPSE 500.3: History and Philosophy of Special Education
  • EPSE 510.3: Supporting Students with Language and Communication Needs in Classroom
  • EPSE 520.3: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in Classroom
  • EPSE 530.3: Supporting Students with Behavioral and Social Needs in Classroom
  • EPSE 540.3: Collaboration Processes and Contexts
  • EPSE 551.3: Designing Supports to Meet Diverse Student Needs
  • EPSE 560.3: Providing Supports to meet Diverse Student Needs
  • EPSE 570.3: Individual Project in Special Education

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

This post-degree certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing teachers and those in related professions who are employed in, or wish to be employed in, the field of special education.

The College of Education offers a number of longstanding and new certificate programs to assist current educators to deepen their knowledge in a chosen area. Our certificate programs are flexible, designed to support busy schedules and respond to community needs.

Careers

After you complete the program you will be become qualified to teach special education based on Saskatchewan Ministry of Education requirements. Approved by Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as an Additional Qualification Certificate, this program enables teachers to upgrade their classification. However, only individuals completing graduate training may move to Class 6.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $3,068 $7,976
Fees $56 $56
Books $750 $750
Total $3,874 $8,782

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in five classes per year.
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits such as student services and unions.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose.

College info

The Certificate in Special Education is offered by the College of Education.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Admission requirements

To be considered, applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree program and have completed at least six credit units of undergraduate courses in special education (e.g. EDPSE 390.3 and EDPSE 414.3 or equivalent).

In addition, applicants will be expected to have a valid Professional A Teaching Certificate and one year of teaching experience.

Application deadline

  • For classes starting in January 2018, the deadline to apply is November 10, 2017
  • For classes starting in May 2018, the deadline to apply is February 23, 2018
  • For classes starting in September 2018, the deadline to apply is June 29, 2018

Application procedure

To be considered, a complete application package and official transcripts sent directly by any post-secondary institutions previously attended (not including the U of S) must be submitted to the following address:

SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
28 CAMPUS DR
SASKATOON SK  S7N 0X1

A completed application package includes:

  1. Application form
  2. Resumé outlining teaching experience, plus three references
  3. $75.00 CDN non-refundable application fee (money order or cheque)

Official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions previously attended (not including the U of S) must be sent directly from the institution(s) to the address above and received by the application deadline.


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