The Graduate Certificate in Prekindergarten (Pre-K) Disabilities prepares graduate students to teach pre-kindergarten students with disabilities.
The Graduate Certificate in Prekindergarten (Pre-K) Disabilities is designed to provide additional knowledge and skills for professionals to meet the requirements for the Pre-K Disabilities ESE Endorsement. The four graduate courses focus on knowledge, skills, and competencies for working with children birth to age 5 with disabilities, developmental delays and/or at-risk conditions. They can be added to current teaching certification in any exceptional education field, primary education, elementary education (K-6), and/or early childhood education. Pending state approval, persons holding any of the Florida teaching certifications listed may apply the four certificate courses toward the State Prekindergarten (Pre-K) Endorsement (Administrative Rule 6A-4.01792). The Prekindergarten Disabilities Graduate Certificate program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Prekindergarten-Disabilities-GC-June2020.pdf.
Tuition support for these courses is available for eligible candidates through the Pre-K Disabilities Endorsement Tuition Support Program from the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Support Services. More information is available at https://florida-ese.org/tuition-support.
Please note: Prekindergarten Disabilities Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
For the Prekindergarten Disabilities certificate, students complete four required courses (12 Credit Hours total).
Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree in exceptional education or primary education from a regionally accredited institution, a master’s degree in varying exceptionalities or primary education from a regionally accredited institution, or if an individual has shown evidence of graduate course work in one of these areas: exceptional student education, preschool education (0-4), primary education (K-3), pre-kindergarten/primary education (PK-3), or early childhood education.
An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
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UCF College of Graduate Studies
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