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Special Education, Low Incidence Disabilities Graduate Certificate

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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.

Program Of Study

Program of Study

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.

Admissions Requirements 

Admissions Requirements

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.


Tuition Information


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094


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