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Special Education Program

Graduate Certificate

GPA: 3.25 GRE: no requirement Deadline: June 15 & Sept. 15 Apply!
Additional requirement: Teaching certificate

Program Details

The Special Education Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW Certificate and is intended for students who seek K-12 endorsement in Special Education. It is designed for licensed teachers seeking competence in instructional and behavioral strategies for students with learning/behavioral needs. In addition, students who apply and are accepted in the master's degree program in Special Education will be able to use some of these courses to fulfill degree requirements. The program consists of 30 credit hours and is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs. This program will benefit teachers seeking competence in instructional and behavioral strategies for students with learning/behavioral needs.

This program is a Gainful Employment program. Please see the following link for information about Gainful Employment programs.

The endorsement program is 30 hours.  The program is offered through the UW Outreach School using distance delivery such as video-conferencing, online, intensive weekends, or combinations of delivery methods. Upon completion of this program students are eligible to apply to the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board for an endorsement in K-12 Special Education.

Applicants who hold a BA/BS degree and have a Wyoming teaching certificate, or have submitted an application for a Wyoming teaching certificate, are eligible to apply for admission to this graduate program. Applicants who do not have a Special Education background will need to take a Special Education foundation course prior to beginning program coursework.

Tuition and Fees

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Note: All courses offered via UW at a Distance.

Additional UW at a Distance course fee: $25/credit.

Please refer to the Cost of Attendance page for details.

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How to Apply

There are two application deadlines for this program: June 15 (for Fall semester) and September 15 (for Spring semester).

Step 1: Apply to UW and Professional Studies through the online applicant portal

  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the $50 application fee
  5. Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (applications with missing documents will not be considered)
    • Required documents for this program application:
      • Special Education application form
      • Upload unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions)
      • Three letters of recommendation (use the applicant portal to request your letters)
      • A 3-4 page (double-spaced) professional writing sample ( click here to see the rubric), including:
        • A description of your professional goals
        • An explanation of your commitment to Special Education
        • An explanation of your philosophy of education
        • An explanation of how this Special Education program fits your goals
      • A complete and current resume, including:
        • Educational experiences
        • Work experiences
        • Activities/honors
        • Other relevant information
      • Copy of your current Teaching Certificate
      • Signed Memo of Understanding (can be found in the Special Education Program Handbook-see to the upper left of website)
      • Agree to admissions terms and submit your application

  Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts to UW Admissions

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be requested and sent to UW Admissions
    • Address: University of Wyoming Admissions – 1000 E. University Ave. – Laramie, WY 82071


Contact us about graduate education!

Britany Kathan
Office Associate

Dr. Tiffany Hunt
Special Education Program Coordinator

College of Education

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