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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Length

15 Credit Hours


The Early Childhood Special Education certificate combines early childhood education and special education courses to provide additional training for individuals who teach or work with children with special needs.

Students seeking this certificate are required to complete the following courses:

  • SPED 5301 Education of Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPED 6308 Practicum and Methods in Special Education
  • SPED 6307 Behavior Change and System Support
  • ECHE 5363 Building Relationships with Diverse Families and Children
  • ECHE 5349 Language and Literacy Development in Young Child

This certificate has been approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and is awarded by Sam Houston State University.  

NOTE: This program does not provide for Teacher Certification through the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. 

Enrollment Semester

Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Offered


Tuition and Cost

Rates per semester

Additional Program Information

School of Teaching and Learning

SHSU Online

Catalog Information

Application Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Two recommendation letters
  5. Writing sample

Academic Advisor

Dr. Regina Smith
(936) 294-2617



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