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Special Education Bootcamp

Trains students to support people with disabilities in the classroom and beyond, shaping brighter futures and making the world a better place.

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Program Overview

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 (3 credit hours) or fulfill continuing education requirements, all of your credit hours meet state requirements and can be applied to a master’s study at SNU.


Summer 2024 Offering!

SNU is offering a three week format (2 days per week) for students who can attend courses during the day.  This will allow participants to complete their bootcamp in time to receive certification by the start of the 2024-2025 school year. One three-week (3 credit hour) course will be offered during the day in June on the Bethany Campus or on Zoom and in July via Zoom only.  SNU will still offer their traditional evening Bootcamp option during August and September on the Bethany campus. This is exclusively for Oklahoma residents. 


*** If these current start dates do not work well for you, please email program director, Lynette Thompson for other dates that could be offered. 

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How it Works

  • 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 3 credit hour course 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.

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.

Upcoming Start Dates


Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Meet our SNU Faculty

Janet Furr

Special Education

Janet Furr has been a Special Education teacher for over 38 years and has taught classes from elementary through high school in Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma. I am currently a Response To Intervention (RTI) Academic Interventionist at Bethany Middle School. I have a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education from Oklahoma University with an emphasis in Special Education.  I have always had a passion for the student who learns differently and spent my career advocating for high educational standards and practices for students with disabilities.

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On a personal note, I have been married to my husband for 46 years. We have two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson and two cats, Harry and Mr. Hobbes.

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Tricia Hansen

Special Education

Tricia Hansen has worked in the field of Special Education for over twenty years. Originally from San Diego, CA,  Tricia received her Bachelor's Degree from National University and her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of San Diego. Since beginning her career in Special Education, she has worked as a paraprofessional and spent the majority of her teaching years serving students in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade (1999-2012). Once Tricia and her family moved to Oklahoma in 2012, she began her position as a Special Education Specialist with the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She worked collaboratively with stakeholders across the state to reduce the Special Education teacher shortage across Oklahoma and was part of the development of the Special Education Boot Camp now available in a variety of locations throughout the state. 

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In addition to her experience as a Boot Camp Instructor, she has held the role as an Assistant Professor of Special Education position with a private christian university. Her most recent experience is as a Special Education Program Specialist where she has overseen special education programs from preschool through high school, as well as the district's Secondary Transition program, over the last 7 years. Tricia has shared, on several occasions throughout her career, that she felt called to be a passionate advocate for students with disabilities at a very young age. She believes that all students are general education students first and is dedicated to working  with students, their families, and her general education and special education colleagues to ensure students with disabilities get the support and services they require in order to be successful throughout their educational career and meet the personal and professional goals they set for themselves. 

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“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. A great program to jumpstart your career in the field of special education!”
LaToya J
Bootcamp Student

Admission Steps 

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there is no need to wait months to begin your educational journey. Once you have earned your bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, take the following steps: 

Step 1. Apply online at

Step 2. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.


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.



Bethany Campus

8210 E. Regal Ct.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: +1 (918) 664-4100

Tulsa Campus

8210 E. Regal Ct.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: +1 (918) 664-4100

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