This certificate is designed to prepare students with knowledge and skills related to individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. This certificate is appropriate for NIU students pursuing educator licensure in an area other than special education or those interested in careers working with individuals with disabilities outside of the public school setting. Course work in this program focuses on the impact of disabilities on children in school or other settings and ways to facilitate their learning. All course requirements for this certificate must be completed at NIU unless otherwise approved by department (maximum of 3 credit hours). All NIU coursework must be completed unless otherwise approved by department (maximum of 3 credit hours). All NIU coursework must be completed within three calendar years. Students pursuing this certificate must file a formal application with the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Special and Early Education and must complete all certificate requirements before the certificate is listed on the transcript. This certificate does not fulfill requirements for special education endorsement. Students who want to earn the Special Education endorsement should contact their adviser for further information.