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Online Special Education Courses 

What could be better than advancing your career through a top ranked school of education?

We know you need to stay current and further your professional development so we are offering some of our most popular courses online this fall so you can learn new skills wherever you are. These high-quality and dynamic online courses are taught by leading education scholars and practitioners who have extensive classroom experience.

We’re here to make it easy and convenient for you to keep your career in high gear and to be the best you can be for your students.

871.501 Introduction to Children and Youth with Exceptionalities
Students investigate the major areas of exceptionality addressing the characteristics and educational needs of students with a broad range of special instructional needs. Students review incidence and etiology, diagnostic and instructional services, educational continuum of programs, and findings of recent research. (3 credits)
$2370Sep 15 - Dec 15
871.502 Educational Alternatives for Students with Special Needs
Designed especially for general educators, counselors, supervisors, and administrators, this course examines differentiated instruction for students with special needs in general education classrooms. Students review the legal foundations and requirements of special education and the collaborative role of general and special educators in the implementation of individualized educational programs in general education classrooms. (3 credits)
$2370Sep 15 - Dec 15
877.551 Survey of Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Providing a comprehensive review of current information about autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, this course draws on research findings and clinical experience from a number of related disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, neurobiology, and pediatrics. In addition to exploring theories of causation, developmental aspects, descriptive and diagnostic characteristics, and legal and social issues, students are introduced to the primary therapeutic and intervention strategies employed with students who have autism. The theoretical basis of, and empirical evidence for, the diverse traditional and nontraditional therapies that have been proposed for persons with autism are also explored.
$2370Sep 15 - Dec 15

How to Apply and Register

To register, students new to JHU will first need to submit an application for Graduate Special Student Status here. Select the option for Graduate Special [Non-Degree] in Step 1. Next select the option for Non-Degree Graduate Special Student in Education (for cohorts only) and then follow the remaining application steps. The application fee is waived.  You will need to submit official transcripts for your highest degree conferred.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive follow-up emails with information about registering for courses.

Returning JHU and admitted students, registration for classes is available through the ISIS website.

Have some more questions to run by us? Contact our admissions staff at or request more information about our programs. To learn more about the SOE's regular program offerings, click here.

Note: Courses with fewer than 10 enrollees may be cancelled.