Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Inclusive Education

At a glance

  • Credential: post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Credits: 24
  • Next start: monthly

Athabasca University’s online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Inclusive Education is intended primarily for teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills to assist students who have diverse educational needs.

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About Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Inclusive Education

The Athabasca University's online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Inclusive Education is a tailor-made program for teachers who want to specialize in supporting students with unique needs and learning abilities. The curriculum offers a rich blend of assessment techniques, instructional strategies, and behavioural management plans aimed at fostering the social, emotional, and academic development of special needs students. You can complete the program in as little as 1 year of full-time study, or take your time to fit it into your busy schedule—there's no time limit, but we recommend completing it within 6 years.

Program details


This program equips you to assist students with a wide array of educational needs within an inclusive setting. Such needs may encompass cognitive, social, and sensory differences that arise from conditions like learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, exceptional abilities, or developmental delays.

The curriculum includes:

  • assessment and instructional strategies to meet the needs of all types of students
  • social, emotional and behavioural development of students with unique learning needs
  • appropriate expectations for included students
  • individual program plans (IPPs)
  • classroom and behaviour management plans

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 1 year of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion, however we recommend finishing the certificate within 6 years. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

Admission requirements

You must have completed a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent to apply to this program.

We also strongly recommend that you have the equivalent of an introductory course in special education before you start this program. If you don't, you should take EDPY/PSYC 389 or EDPY 351 (or an equivalent) before taking any of the core courses for the certificate.

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit. This could mean fewer courses to get your AU certificate.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 12 credits at AU.

Learn about transfer and advanced credit at AU

If you have previous credentials in special education, you should contact the program coordinator before enrolling in this program.

Request and send your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.

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