Graduate certificates offer additional training in specialty areas and greatly enhance student knowledge and credentials. Students may pursue the ECU Special Education (SPED) graduate certificates as a part of a master's program or independently as a non-degree graduate program. ECU SPED offers three separate graduate certificates: Assistive Technology, Autism, and Deaf-Blindness. These certificates require 12 semester hours of coursework, all offered online. Transfer credits from institutions other than ECU may NOT be used toward certificate completion. Please click on the certificate title below to see course requirements and enrollment information.
Assistive technology refers to a wide range of devices, strategies, services, and practices that are created and applied to improve the functional performance or life satisfaction of any individual with a disability. This graduate certificate program is for teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, physical therapists, engineers or any professional that may use knowledge or skills to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. - Assistive Technology Certificate Brochure
Autism is a developmental disability that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans and their families today (autism society of America). The ECU graduate certificate in autism offers professionals the opportunity to learn more about this complex issue and how to effectively and collaboratively serve students with autism in the public school setting. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered on-line. - Autism Certificate Brochure
The ECU Graduate Certificate in Deafblindness is based on nationally recognized competencies, reviewed by ECU faculty, the National Consortium on Deafblindness, and educators and family members. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered on-line. - Deafblindness Certificate Brochure