The Certificate in Special Education provides graduates of the Rossier School of Education with the competencies to respond to the needs, interests and abilities of special needs students in either regular classrooms or specific school classrooms defined for students with documented learning differences. It widens the range of the graduates' knowledge about teaching and learning allowing them to compete in the contemporary professional marketplace. A certificate in special education is mandatory in some states, and in other states, it is a criterion for consideration to teach special needs students in any type of learning environment. The certificate may be completed concurrently with requirements for the MAT or the ME in Teacher Leadership. It is also available online.