Special Education Part 1 (Elementary Focus)

Special Education Part 1 provides an overview of special education. This includes an introduction to the various exception alities, working with program planning and delivery challenges, awareness of assistive technology, classroom management skills, as well as knowledge of other issues related to teaching students with special needs in a variety of settings.

This course will be of greatest interest to those teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge regarding students with exceptionalities, noting the Ministry of Education's move to greater inclusion. Participants leave the course with a number of valuable resources to enhance their teaching practice.


Teachers holding qualifications in technological education are also eligible to take this Three-Session Qualification course.


Prerequisites for Part 1:

  1. Certificate of Qualification:
    Must be a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers. 

Please Note:

  • Successful completion of all versions of this course (SPEC1E/SPEC1S/SPEC1) will lead to a "Special Education Part 1" qualification with the Ontario College of Teachers. A distinction is made between the "Elementary" and "Secondary" Focus courses to offer teachers the opportunity to engage with colleagues within the same teaching panel.


Successful completion is a final grade of C-

Upon successful completion of the course, a recommendation will be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers.










Full Course Details

Section Title:

Special Education Part 1 (Elementary Focus)

Enrolment Session:

2022 Fall



Total Hours:



22 Sep 2022 to 01 Dec 2022

Delivery Option:


Course Fee(s):



Section Note(s):

This session will run for 10 weeks. Your learning will take the form of in-depth online discussions as well as group and individual assignments.

Learners will be expected to engage in approximately 12 hours of learning per week for a total of 125 hours:

  • 100 hours online learning (asynchronous, but facilitator-led and paced into modules)
  • 25 hours assignments and independent study

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST


  • Once registered, please visit the Learner Portal to submit your course application and any related documents by the registration deadline (we recommend doing so from a computer for the best user experience)
  • Requests for withdrawal received by the registration deadline will receive a refund. Requests made after this date will require further review. You can find our withdrawal, refund and transfer policy under Resources » OISE CPL Registration Policies

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