Certificate in Special Needs Education

The Faculty of Health Sciences has successfully initiated a Certificate in Special Needs Education. This is a structured comprehensive foundation program/course for all those who wish to study and obtain the essential body of knowledge and training in the basic theories and principles for children with learning disabilities. This course is essential for practising primary and secondary school teachers, special education teachers, trainee teachers, assistant teachers and teacher aides and other teacher training and psychology students who want to broaden their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of educational psychology, or also for those who wish to embark on further academic and/or professional studies and practical training in the field of advanced Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Teacher Training, Education Management and Pedagogy in Sri Lanka or abroad.

Mode of delivery : 

Lectures– Online


Opportunities for the Students to successfully complete the Certificate Program.

By the end of this program, Cinec students will be able to

  • Provide individualized instruction that meets the unique needs of each student with a disability.
  • Help students develop their full academic potential and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in life.
  • Promote independence, self-sufficiency, and self-esteem in students with disabilities.
  • Foster social and emotional growth and support positive behavior and positive self-image.
  • Provide access to a full range of educational and vocational opportunities.

Course Type

Part Time

Course Commencement Dates

October, 2023


02 Months

Course Modules


Foundation of Special Education Detection


Types of Disabilities


Early Intervention & Support


Planning & Instructional Strategies


Rights of Children with special needs


Basic principles for modifying activities for children with special needs


Individualized Education Plan


Accommodation & Adaptation of Learning Environments


Concept of least restrictive environments for children with special needs

Entry Requirements

University Graduates or Members of recognized Professional bodies, or School Teachers or Assistant Teachers, Professional / Academic Diploma or Advanced / Higher (National) Diploma holders or Holders of a Certificate / Diploma in Teacher Training, Education, Psychology or Counselling, and Age not less than 20 years with a simple pass (S) for English in GCE (A/L) Sri Lankan/ London or equivalent.