Overview
Certification Central (CC) is an alternative certification program leading to full certification as a Special Education Technician. CC is competency-based and aligned to national Council for Exceptional Children’s preparation standards. Learners demonstrate competencies through authentic, performance-based assessments to make them career-ready. 
Certification Central encourages learners to enroll at any time and to move at their own pace, which supports those with life experience to accelerate their course of study. Asynchronous, online instruction makes this program borderless and accessible.  
Special Education Technician Requirements
To obtain a certificate of completion as a special education technician, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction may** require the following training:
•40-semester hours of college education or an equivalent under Century Code 15.1-13-10 in the area of special education that aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children preparation standards for paraeducators, including; learner development and individual differences, legal/ethnical practices, behavior management, curricular content knowledge, assessment, instructional planning and strategies, and collaboration; and
•A two-credit transcribable practicum minimum of one hundred clock-hours of fieldwork experience which is supervised by a licensed special education teacher.
**These requirements are currently going through the administrative rules process for final approval.
Program of Study 

This program is comprised of a Special Education Core and a Special Education Technician Core. The Special Education Core is comprised of a 15-credit equivalent that provides learners the foundational knowledge of special education. The Special Education Technician Core is a 25-credit equivalent that equips learners with the skills and dispositions to become a successful special education technician. Certification Central is a practice-based program that leverages on-the-job training by adding a lab to each module. This provides learners the opportunity to anchor their learning into an applied educational setting, which can be completed while on-the-job in an educational setting.

Module

Title

Unit/Credit

Equivalent

Opening Date

Special Education Core

SPED Module 1

Learner Development & Individual Learning/Cultural Differences

3

Open Now

SPED Module 1L

Learner Development & Individual Learning/Cultural Differences Lab

2

Open Now

SPED Module 2

Legal/Ethical Practices & Professional Learning

3

Open Now

SPED Module 2L

Legal/Ethical Practices & Professional Learning Lab

2

Open Now

SPED Module 7

Collaboration, Consultation, & Supervision

3

Open Now

SPED Module 7L

Collaboration, Consultation, & Supervision Lab

2

Open Now

Special Education Technician Core

SPED TECH 101

Individualized Education/Family Service Programs

3

August 1

SPED TECH 101L

Individualized Education/Family Service Programs Lab

2

August 1

SPED TECH 102

Behavior Management in Educational Settings

3

July 15

SPED TECH 102L

Behavior Management in Educational Settings Lab

2

July 15

SPED TECH 103

Curriculum Based Evaluations for Assessment

3

August 15

SPED TECH 103L

Curriculum Based Evaluations for Assessment Lab

2

August 15

SPED TECH 104

High Leverage Practices for High Incidence Disabilities

3

September 15

SPED TECH 104L

High Leverage Practices for High Incidence Disabilities Lab

2

September 15

SPED TECH 110

Special Education Technician Practicum

5

October 15

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Total Credit Equivalent:           40

Cost                                                                                                                                                                 

The total cost of this program is $6500, which is a $162.50 per credit equivalent.

Program Completion

Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply for a certificate of completion as a special education technician from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. You will be issued an official, postsecondary education transcript.

Admission Criteria

  1. Certification Central (CC) is an enroll anytime program with no deadlines. After you submit the completed application, you will be notified of our admission decision within 1 week.
  2. You must have earned a high school diploma or an equivalent. Verification needs to be submitted.
  3. You must pass a  recent FBI background check (no older than 3 months). Start this application early as you are going to need to ensure you have a completed background check. Such a check can take weeks to complete. Use the following link to request an FBI Background check.  Be sure to read through the instructions carefully.  http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks  Attach the receipt of a cleared background check in your application.
  4. You need 2 professional letters of recommendation that speak to your experiences or interests in the field of special education. Please avoid submitting references from friends and family. You will collect these letters then submit them when you complete the application.
  5. You will write a 2-page essay that answers the following questions: a) What experiences have you had working in an educational setting? b) Why do you want to become a special education technician?