Program Overview

Become Qualified to teach special education

Woman with boyThe University of Saskatchewan Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education, in partnership with the Centre for Continuing & Distance Education, is offering a Special Education Certificate (SPEC). The SPEC course content was developed based on the International Council for Exceptional Children’s Standards for Entry into the profession. Designing a curriculum that addresses these standards requires an array of courses to fully prepare the special needs professional to meet the demands of this challenging and growing area of specialization.

SPEC is comprised of 30 credit units of special education classes, completion of which allows you to become qualified to teach special education based on Saskatchewan Ministry of Education requirements. Approved by Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as an Additional Qualification Certificate, SPEC enables teachers to upgrade their classification.

Study from the comfort of your home or office

In as little as two years, you can complete the SPEC courses using a combination of specially designed independent course study materials, computer conferencing sessions guided by instructional staff, weekly assignments and a final examination. You will be provided with course guides, print packages and supplementary audio-visual materials as well as selected resources online to make your learning experience interesting and challenging. 


Applicants to the program will require a Bachelor of Education Degree and valid Professional A Teaching Certificate. In addition, applicants will be required to have at least one year of successful classroom teaching experience or the equivalent in education related settings. Entrants will be expected to have completed at least six credit units of undergraduate courses in Special Education.