Low Incidence Disabilities
100% Online Low Incidence Disabilities Certificate Program
This area of emphasis prepares individuals to teach students with low incidence disabilities, including autism, moderate intellectual disability, and Down Syndrome.
This program provides advanced coursework directed at evidenced-based instructional practices for K-12 students with low incidence disabilities (e.g., intellectual disorders, autism, multiple disabilities). For current teachers, this certificate program can lead to an additional teacher licensure in Comprehensive Special Education.
This program mirrors the special education add-on licensure requirements while also earning a certificate.
All applicable course credits can be transferred into the Special Education Master’s program if admitted.
More information can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog Special Education, Low Incidence Disabilities Certificate listing for this program.
A student who applies and is accepted into the master’s program in Special Education with a concentration in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Advanced Studies in Special Education, may apply up to eighteen (18) credit hours from the Special Education: Low Incidence Disabilities Certificate Program as the certificate program’s coursework aligns with the master’s degree program.
Up to nine credit hours may be transferred from the Low Incidence Disabilities Certificate Program to another Special Education certificate program where applicable.
Credits to complete this program: 18 credit hours
|TN Residents||eRate (Out of State, 100% online)||Out of State|
|$601 per credit hour||$751 per credit hour||$1442 per credit hour|
*Note, tuition discounts are available for border county students.
Read more about cost, paying for courses, scholarship options and financial aid.
In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Submission of a 2-page essay outlining past experience with individuals with disabilities and goals for acquiring a certificate in Special Education.
Important information about program costs, education debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended Special Education, Low Incidence Disabilities at East Tennessee State University is available here.
Steps to Apply
Step 1 Create your ETSU Application Account by choosing the "Sign Up" option
Step 2 Sign into the ETSU Application Portal and select "Start a New Application"
Step 3 Choose "Graduate," select your student type (domestic or international), select "Certificate," term, then choose Low Incidence Disabilities and complete the remainder of the form.