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 Certification Program Makes Classrooms More Inclusive

Any teacher, administrator, or counselor who wants to meet the academic and behavioral goals of every student by implementing a more inclusive school environment can gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary through an online certification program offered by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

The Certificate in Inclusive Education program features expert educators who have proven success with special education services and inclusion.

"Besides the many resources and strategies my school team gained, the experience opened up a door in all of our hearts for students whose needs are specific,” said a recent participant. “We are now working together for all student to learn alongside one another." 

The flexible program is entirely online and runs from Feb. 11 to April 12. Register online by Feb. 1. The cost is $395 per person or $295 per person for teams of three or more. Teams are recommended. Participants can also earn three units of university credit through a partnership between SDCOE and Brandman University.

The certification is especially relevant as schools develop Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Any educator who works with students with special needs would benefit from the certification, which focuses on better serving students with special needs who are taught in general education classrooms as well as systems and supports that benefit the whole school community.

The program features information and resources related to curriculum, behavior support, collaborative practice, effective systems, and content for leaders.