Attain Your Certificate in Disabilities and Inclusive Communities Online

Are you interested in learning more about human disabilities? Do you want to better understand related laws and advocacy that protect the rights of children and adults with disabilities? Does collaboration across fields and roles in order to support people with special needs in schools and community settings appeal to you? All of these connections can lead you to Alvernia for a 12-credit graduate level Certificate in Disabilities and Inclusive Communities.

As an added value, you can also build upon this Certificate to earn a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved Special Education Teaching Certification later at Alvernia. The four courses below will be available in the online format throughout the year:

MED 505: Introduction to Individuals with Special Needs (Suggested first course)
MED 515: Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
MED 535: Collaboration and Legal Issues in Special Education
MED 545: Social Development & Behavior Support

We’re here to help you get where you want to go. That’s why Alvernia University has made applying to the Certificate in Disabilities and Inclusive Communities program a little easier for busy educators like you.

Application to Alvernia University is on a rolling admissions basis, which means that we are constantly accepting and reviewing applications. Following are the admission requirements for the graduate certificate program at Alvernia University.

  • Complete your online application. While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. We strongly recommend using either Firefox or Chrome browsers when completing the online application.
  • Order your official transcript(s). Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all institutions are required.
  • Personal Statement. One-page personal statement that summarizes the value of the program of graduate study for his/her personal and professional growth and development.


Questions? Contact:

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Admissions, School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone),  610-796-8367 (fax)

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