Graduate Certificate
Special Education Endorsement Concentration

This program is for currently certificated teachers who wish to add a special education endorsement to an existing teaching certificate.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes for the Special Education Graduate Certificate Program are based on the professional standards of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Utilize a variety of assessments to identify specific areas of student strengths and weaknesses and use the results to guide instruction.

  • Individualize instruction to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities in inclusive settings.

  • Support and promote inclusiveness and equity for students with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Apply the legal and ethical principles associated with special education.

  • Promote a positive social environment for all students, particularly those with significant emotional and/or behavioral disorders.

  • Develop and maintain an atmosphere of collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, and paraprofessionals.

  • Critically analyze and apply principles of research.

  • Demonstrate literacy regarding theoretical perspectives associated with human development and learning.

Important Notice about Planning a Practicum or Internship:
The CASE application deadline for:

  • Fall semester: 2nd Friday of February

  • Spring semester: 2nd Friday of September

Students applying for an Institutional Recommendation (IR) must have their degree posted before the IR will be issued. 

Graduate Certificate in Special Education Internship Handbook

For more information contact:

Adrainne Thomas, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor
PSB 222D

Brenda Henderson, Administrative Assistant
907-786-4450 phone, 907-786-4474 fax



Contact the College of Education Student Services at 907-786-4401

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Form Name Description
Application for Admission - Special Education Application for Admission to the Special Education Programs.
Disposition Indicators Survey Special Education These forms are completed by mentor teachers for interns and practicum candidates in the graduate certificate special education endorsement.
Internship Alternative Partnership Agreement This form is only necessary when interning with SPED outside the greater Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau areas.
Internship Application - Special Education Advance Graduate Certificate Special Education Internship Application 1st semester.
Internship Application - Special Education Advance 2nd Semester Graduate certificate Special Education 2nd semester internship application
Mentor Teacher Information & Demographic Form Special Education program mentor teacher information and demographic form is to be filled out in conjunction with Internship applications.
Reference Form - MEd & Graduate Certificate SPED Required form of the CASE department admission application process to the MEd & Graduate in Certificate Special Education program.


Faculty and Staff

Name Title Phone Office
Adrainne Thomas, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Special Education 786-4910 PSB 222D