Overview of AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education
AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) is a voluntary choice on the part of the candidate. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate a commitment to excellence to employers, peers, administrators, other professionals, and parents. From the standpoint of the Academy, board certification will demonstrate the highest professional competency in the area of special education. Board Certification in Special Education establishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children. It is the mission of the Academy to have all of our members achieve Board Certification in Special Education.
AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education - represents a professional’s qualifications in a specific field of professional practice in special education. It demonstrates the individual's knowledge and experience and signifies his or her commitment to continued excellence in professional practice. In addition, it increases visibility, builds credibility, and validates expertise with those outside the profession.
AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education - exemplifies the highest accomplishment one can attain from the Academy. Board Certification does not replace state licensing. While state licensing systems set entry-level standards for special education professionals, Board Certification from the Academy establishes advanced standards for professionals in the field.
It is important to understand that Board Certification in Special Education does not replace state licensing or recertify any professional unless the governing body from which one is seeking to attain recertification recognizes AASEP Board Certification. This is something you need to check with your State and professional governing bodies, as they dictate and determine what is acceptable in terms of the professional development credit.
Benefits of Becoming Board Certified in Special Education
There are numerous reasons why professionals in the field of special education should attain AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education:
- Signifies expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development
- Places those among an elite group of professionals who meet the rigorous professional development standards required by AASEP
- Lends credibility and prominence to the profession
- Exemplifies a dedication to the field of special education, above and beyond what is required
- Enhances marketability in one’s professional career
- Distinguishes individuals as leaders both in the field and the community
- Provides the perception of excellence and a competitive edge
- Exemplifies a dedication to continued excellence in professional practice
- Represents the highest mark of professionalism
Eligibility Criteria for AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education
To be eligible to attain AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education- Diplomate Status, the candidate must meet the following criteria:
I. Possession of a minimum of a Master's degree from any of the following:
- United States or Canadian institution of higher education fully or provisionally accredited by a regional, state, provincial or national accrediting body
- An institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada that, at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States.
II. The graduate level degree (Masters or higher) attained by the candidate must be in a field involved with students with special needs. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Adaptive Physical Education Teachers
- Administrators of Special Education
- Art Therapists
- Dance Therapists
- General Education Teachers
- Guidance Counselors
- Inclusion Teachers
- Music Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Psychologists/ School Psychologists
- Recreation Therapists
- Social Workers
- Special Education Teachers
- Speech and Language Therapists
Courses Required for AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education (B.C.S.E.)
There are five Certificates of Advanced Professional Development that must be completed to attain AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education. The following are the course titles:
Course Requirements for AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education (B.C.S.E.)
Upon completion of each Certificate of Advanced Professional Development, a candidate must take a 50 question multiple choice examination to denote his or her competency on the area of professional development being assessed.
For each of the five required Certificate of Advanced Professional Development, the candidate will have online access* to the following:
- An outline of the policies and procedures for completion of the course
- Course content (Also available in a binder - Optional)
- 100 multiple choice review questions (50 of which will be used on the examination)
- Directions for taking the 50 question multiple choice examination
* (All course materials are also available in a PDF format for offline viewing and printing)
Preparation for Examinations
In order to adequately prepare for each of the 5 required Certificates of Advanced Professional Development examination, the candidate has access to all course materials, 100 multiple choice review questions on the content of the course. The 50 questions on the examination are selected from the 100 that the candidate already has had an opportunity to review in the course area.
A passing score on all five examinations leads to AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education - Diplomate Status (B.C.S.E.)
Passing Scores for Each Examination
A passing score on the 50 question examination is 80%. A candidate has the opportunity to take an examination up to three different times.
Credentials for Candidates to use upon Completion of AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education
Upon completion of all requirements for AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education, successful candidates attain the title of Board Certified Diplomate. Professionals may use the respective Academy Credentials, B.C.S.E.(Board Certified in Special Education) after their educational degree (e.g., M.S., B.C.S.E or Ph.D., B.C.S.E.) denoting their achievement.
For example, a Board Certified Diplomate from AASEP may use the following credentials:
Sally J. Smith, M.S., B.C.S.E
Board Certified in Special Education
Diplomate, American Academy of Special Education Professionals
Fee for AASEP Professional Board Certification in Special Education
Currently, there are very few programs that lead to Board Certification in the field of Special Education. Those that do exist, all cost thousands of dollars (e.g., National Board Certification from the NEA; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
At AASEP, we have the vast resources, materials, abilities, and expertise to provide Professional Board Certification in Special Education at a much lower fee than any other organization or association in the country.
The fee for each of the 5 required Certificates of Advanced Professional Development course is only $95 (Members) or $125 (Non-Members), making the total fee for the entire Board Certification process only $475 (Members) or $625 (Non-Members).
Also, unlike all other programs, there is also no application fee involved.
Our ability to provide the Professional Board Certification in Special Education at a fee far less than other professional groups is also due to our extensive use of an online environment to present the certificate course materials, thereby avoiding the costs of producing printed materials along with the associated shipping and handling costs. For those individuals who prefer a hard copy book for study, we do provide the opportunity to purchase a certificate course binder.
In addition to an online presentation of the certificate course materials, each course is also available as a PDF file for downloading and printing offline in the comfort of your own home or office. Members of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (AASEP) and National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) are entitled to discounted pricing for all certificate courses.
Course Fee (Each) - $95.00 $125.00
Certificate Course Binder – (Optional) $35.00 $45.00
Application Fee – (No Charge) N/C N/C
** Members of American Academy of Special Education Professionals (AASEP) and National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)
Certification Renewal for Successful B.C.S.E. Professionals
All candidates who complete the Board Certification process must renew their certification annually with the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. The goal of certification renewal is to ensure that BCSE professionals maintain the highest level of competence and continue to remain current in the field of special education. The BCSE professional does not need to take any further examinations or perform any professional duties for certification renewal. The annual certification renewal fee for Member BCSE professionals is $85.00. Non-members renewal fee is $125.00.
To learn more about BCSE certification renewal and download the renewal application - click here