College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Specialties

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Special Education, Graduate Certificate

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2016

Through this graduate certificate program students will learn foundations of education for culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE) students, demonstrate best practices in assessment of CLDE students, and apply best practices in teaching methods including inclusive and collaborative strategies for CLDE students with disabilities.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Special Education?

This certificate program explores best practices in assessment and teaching methods for culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE) students, including inclusive and collaborative strategies for CLDE students with disabilities.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Additional Admission Requirements Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • The capstone course ESE 698 provides an important linkage between current research and classroom practices in the area of teaching K-12 CLDE students.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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