Special Education Boot Camp

The work you do matters as you serve families, children and communities. Earning your special education certification demonstrates your dedication to the work you do and your future career. Undertaking this endeavor requires hard work but it will also reward you in the long term as you open the door to new opportunities and potentially increased income!

SNU’s Special Education Boot Camp aims to serve you as you begin education for your certification. Our courses take place one night a week for 8 weeks so you can continue the work that matters to you while developing as a professional. Whether you want to take one boot camp course or fulfil continuing education requirements, all of your credit hours meet state requirements and can be applied to master’s study at SNU.

Apply today to meet your unique educational needs.

What Makes This Program Unique?
Completing the Special Education Boot Camp education requirements while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place each Tuesday evening for eight weeks so you can maintain a full-time career and family obligations.
  • Students focus on one class at a time before moving on to the next.
  • Students study alongside other educators in similar stages of their careers.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of education experience guide students through courses.
  • A supportive community of faculty, staff and classmates are here to help you on your journey toward certification.

Path to Certification
Becoming a non-traditional certified special education teacher is a rigorous process that requires challenging coursework, 120 hours of training, and 30 hours of field experience. Once your training is complete, you must apply for certification. You then have three years to pass all three certification exams. To learn more about the certification process, click here.

Student Testimonials
“I learned a lot that has helped me in the field of special education. I now teach high school special education and apply the knowledge I gained from the boot camp program. Great program to jumpstart your career in the field of special education!” – LaToya Jackson


SNU’s Special Education Boot Camp courses* are designed to challenge and inform special education professionals in a meaningful way. Throughout the coursework, you will learn new strategies to better serve your students, and develop methods to perform your best within your role. You may take courses to fulfill the initial boot camp requirement as well as continuing education courses.

Boot Camp Course
Special Education Boot Camp
Credit hours: 3
Candidates will be introduced to special education policies, procedures, legislative guidelines, and research-based instructional/behavioral strategies for educating students with disabilities. The course explores current best practices in characteristics, identification, assessment and placement options, and education supplementary aids and services for students with disabilities. This course requires a 30-hour field component. 

Boot Camp Continued Education Courses
Credit hours: 3
This course will include an advanced study of persons with learning disabilities. This study may include, but not be limited to, development, theoretical models, intervention, issues and trends, and legislation pertinent to this category.

Credit hours: 3
The term ‘low incidence’ includes the traditional profound diagnosis, but could also introduce students to the medical and physical needs of students with multiple disabilities. This has implications for the educational model of intervention and service delivery of programs. Advanced adaptations and structural modifications will be researched for individuals under this category.

Credit hours: 3
This course will address the theoretical frameworks and assessments for consultation and collaboration including paraprofessionals and student families. Professional relationships with teaching faculty will be targeted as academic and behavioral support are needed to ensure student success.

Credit hours: 3
This course will conduct an analysis of research-based intervention strategies for students with varying disabilities. Content will include, but not be limited to literary and reading comprehension, written composition, and mathematics. Portfolio and curricular options will also be a component of the course. There will be an emphasis on Reading Assessment and Instruction in this course.

Credit hours: 3
This course will explore the introductory knowledge of current research in applied behavior analysis, the application of learning theories and examine functional relationships. This course will include the creation of behavioral/learning plans to optimize the success of student learners with disabilities.

Credit hours: 3
This course will begin the process of building a working network of state and local agencies who assist in the transition planning stages for students with disabilities. Guest speakers representing agencies and their specific services will provide teachers with helpful information for parents and caregivers as the process requires early planning and direction.

*All courses will transfer into the 36 credit hour Master of Arts in Administration of Special Education degree program at SNU.

  • Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

    Step 1. Apply online at degrees.snu.edu/apply

    Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

    Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at pgsadmissions@snu.edu or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

    Step 4. Complete the Student Profile and submit to jcarter1@snu.edu

    You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your Boot Camp advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your education requirements as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020


New dates will be added as they are scheduled.

Please contact Tara Scarazza at 405-252-1885 or tscarazza@mail.snu.edu to inquire about the dates for the courses.


We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs as a boot camp student.

Program Length: Varies By Student

Tuition: $490 per Credit Hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: N/A

*Effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

Going back to school for your certification requirements demonstrates a huge commitment to the work you do and your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to be successful on your educational journey.

The Certification Process
We want to help you succeed on your path to certification. Here are some resources from the Oklahoma State Department of Education to support you on this journey.

Boot Camp Candidate Toolkit
Boot Camp Candidate Application
Non-Traditional Route to SPED Certification Informational Webinar
Non-Traditional Route to Special Education Certification Flowchart
Field Experience Guidelines and Activity Log

Choosing the Right Program
We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how studying at the right university can position you for success in an ever changing economy.

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Selecting the Right Format
Choosing the right learning format is an important aspect of setting yourself up for success as an adult student. These resources can help you choose between online and in-person options, understand the value of accelerated courses, and more.

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Getting Started and Enrolling
Going back to school doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understand what you need to know when entering the world of academia, like how to finance your courses, how to gather transcripts, and applying for college.

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Succeeding as an Adult Student
Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

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Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world, approach education and the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

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Looking for more ways to make the most of your educational investment? Get free ebooks on topics important to adult students, information-rich infographics, and regular tips on succeeding as an adult student on our blog.