Help students overcome diversity in their special educational needs through your knowledge of how to teach them to grow as students and individuals

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of students who need your help?

As we continue to improve in our ability to identify students with learning disabilities and diverse needs, the importance of individuals who are trained to help these students increases.

Students with special educational needs require special services to perform in the classroom and grow as students and individuals. Schools are always looking for talented individuals who can provide their students with the appropriate interventions to help them succeed.

  • Are you patient?
  • Do you like working with children?
  • Do you have a passion for education?
  • Do you want to make a difference within the world of special needs education?

If you answer positively to any of these questions, then this is the career for you.

What you’ll learn

Our online Special Educational Needs course is specifically designed to provide you with everything that you need to make a difference in the lives of these children, including:

  • An overview of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Methods of observation and intervention
  • Teaching strategies
  • SEN in early childhood
  • SEN in middle childhood and adolescence
  • Analysis of mild to severe disabilities
  • SEN law
  • Case studies

Regardless of whether you are looking for your first career or you are looking for a new career, our online Special Educational Needs course can help you.

Working with students with social, learning, and physical disabilities is extremely rewarding and can make you feel proud and fulfilled in your career.

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for individuals who want to pursue a career in special needs education (SEN).

It’s excellent training for anyone who volunteers or works with children with learning or physical disabilities.

For family or friends of children with disabilities, to help them understand communication and learning best practices.

Career path

After completing this course, you could:

  • Assist in Special Needs classrooms, helping teachers keep the highest standard of education and care
  • Continue your education in Special Educational Needs, towards becoming a SEN teacher yourself
  • Volunteer with Special Needs children, knowing that you are able to provide a better level of care than other volunteers without this specialized knowledge
  • Be able to better care for friends or family with special needs


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


PDF Certificate included in price.

  • This course is CPD/CE accredited. CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.
  • ICOES (International Council for Online Educational Standards) accredited.

Receive your certificate in 4 simple steps

Step 1 - Register: Follow the easy peasy enrollment process

Step 2 - Study: Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device

Step 3 - Evaluations: Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module

Step 4 - Certification: Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

Course Breakdown

Module 1: Overview
  • What are Special Educational Needs?
  • Different Forms of SEN
  • Effects of SEN on Learners
  • General Support Systems for SEN
Module 2: Identification and Intervention
  • Observation
  • Testing for SEN
  • Analyzing Results
  • Creating an Intervention Plan
  • Monitoring Student’s Response to Intervention
Module 3: Language and Literacy
  • Language Acquisition Issues
  • Language Acquisition Intervention
  • Literacy for Students with Special Needs
  • Literacy Skill Building
  • Interaction Between Reading and Writing
Module 4: Early Childhood Special Educational Needs
  • Principles
  • Understanding Diverse Needs
  • Models of Intervention
  • Curriculum Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluating Progress
Module 5: Middle Child and Adolescent Special Educational Needs
  • Meeting Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Needs
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Collaboration
  • Improving Skills
  • Basic Differentiation
Module 6: Students with Mild And Moderate Disabilities
  • Common Disabilities
  • Identification of Needs
  • Planning and Instruction
  • Learning in Different Subject Areas
  • Assessment of Teaching
Module 7: Students with Severe Disabilities
  • Potential Disabilities
  • Identification of Needs
  • Planning and Instruction
  • Learning in Different Subject Areas
  • Assessment of Teaching
Module 8: Family Involvement
  • Importance of Family Involvement
  • Facilitating Family Involvement
  • Special Education at Home
  • Suggestions for Improving Family Involvement
Module 9: SEN and the Law
  • SEN Code of Practice
  • Tribunals
  • SEN in Schools
  • EHC Plans
  • Discrimination
  • Advice and Support
Module 10: Case Studies
  • Case Study Examples (3)
  • Making Observations
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Proposing Interventions

100% authentic student testimonials

The special education course was clear, concise and covered a great amount of information. It was practical with useful information about how to assist children and young adults.

Jacinta Ford - Australia

So happy I did this. Best decision. So fast and easy even with a special needs 7-year-old in my ear the whole time :)

Trista Dahlberg - United States

I learned a lot from the course I completed and I’m most definitely thinking about purchasing more courses. Liked the most - the easy-to-read passages and the quizzes.

Shamarrah Mason - United States

I am 45 years old now and going back to school is not an option for me at this time. I needed to take something that would help me get a good scope of my options in the workforce and make it easier for me to understand the expectations and demands of my choices. This was heaven sent and it has helped me to transition to where I want to be today.

Marianella Morales - United States

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Last updated November 11, 2019
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