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 fulfill continuing education requirements, all of your credit hours meet state requirements and can be applied to a master’s study at SNU.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 that 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.
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 email@example.com or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.
Step 4. Complete the following:
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.
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