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Collaborative Special Education 6-12

Program Details

The University of West Alabama offers an education certificate in Collaborative Special Education grades 6-12. This certificate is available online and is completed after 33 credit hours.

Students seeking certification in any field are required to complete a general survey course in Special Education (3 semester hours). A research component including research and/or field work will be an integral part of all specialist programs in education.

General requirements for admission to all programs at the sixth-year level include the following: students must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, provide verification of background clearance/fingerprints, hold a valid master's level certification in Special Education in grades 6-12, and have had recent experience in the area of specialization.

Once accepted into the program, students must meet certain requirements prior to completion of the program. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript. Second, students must make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the teacher education program. Lastly, students must demonstrate leadership ability in their area of specialization.


The candidate shall: Meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Provide verification of background clearance/fingerprints. Hold valid masters level certification in Special Education in grades 6-12. Have had recent experie

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

All teacher certification programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.


If an individual completes an Alabama Education Specialist program based on a master’s level certificate from another state and applies for Alabama certification at the Class AA level, the individual must earn an Alabama Class A (master’s level) Professional Educator Certificate prior to applying for the Class AA certificate.