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Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education

Program Details

Designed for licensed teachers, the APC in Special Education gives these professionals an understanding of how to better teach students with mild to moderate exceptional learning needs. The program places an emphasis on current research and theory in regards to special needs instruction. The program weaves practical strategies into its foundation of theory and research, including evidenced based classroom practices, new technology, effective individual education plan (IEP) development, and more. This Special Education program meets all of the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Students are required to take eight courses (24 credits) to earn their certificate. All courses are required in this APC Special Education program. Classes tackle topics like positive behavior support, instructional planning, adaptations in math and science, assessment strategies, and more. All look at these subjects through the lens of special education.

Program prerequisites include a teaching license in any grade, preK-12. The program meets the endorsement or second licensure requirements of certain states, and students are encouraged to further research their state’s requirements to see if Lesley’s program fits.

Additionally, credits from this degree may be used toward Lesley’s Individually Designed Masters in Education (M. Ed) degree. Students interested in pursuing their M. Ed degree need to apply for the program separately as acceptance into the APC in Special Education program does not entitle automatic enrollment into the M. Ed program.


Teaching license in any grade (PreK-12)

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education