Certificate in Inclusive Education

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Are you: A teacher or future teacher? A parent volunteering in your child's school?

The Certificate in Inclusive Education (30 credits) (formerly Certificate in Special Education) is a hands-on program, geared for those who face the complexities of educating or raising students and children with special needs on a daily basis. The Certificate covers such diverse topics as behavioural issues, giftedness, learning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program is administered by the McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Primary audience

This program is geared towards:

  • Educational professionals
  • Those who wish to enter the field of education and have some experience in an educational institution
  • Concerned parents who may have children with special needs and are involved with their respective schools, even if only as a volunteer


For those who are not certified teachers, typically graduates of the Certificate in Inclusive Education Program apply for jobs in daycares, as teacher aides, and as Resource Room workers.


Application Deadlines


Application Deadline


May 1


September 1


January 1


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

1.       Either:

a) have a diploma of collegial studies (DEC) AND submit a letter from an educational institution indicating applicant's employment as a teacher, non-teaching professional, or teaching assistant; or the applicant's school involvement as a parent or a community member;


b) have a teaching certificate from Quebec (permis d'enseigner) or equivalent;


c) be a Mature Student (over 21 years of age) AND submit a letter from an educational institution indicating applicant's employment as a teacher, non-teaching professional, or teaching assistant; or the applicant’s school involvement as a parent or a community member. Students in this profile do not require a DEC. Two pieces of personal identification must be submitted.

2.      Submit one letter of reference addressing academic ability and/or qualifications for working with children and/or adolescents in a helping role, and general character. Letters of reference must be sent directly by the referee from an institutional email address to ecpcont.education [at] mcgill.ca.

3.      Submit a personal statement illustrating experience working with children and/or adolescents and reason(s) for seeking admission to the program.

4.      Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill, students must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. For more information on test requirements, submission of scores, and possible exemptions, please visit the English Language Proficiency page.


McGill's online application form is available at www.mcgill.ca/applying. Applications for admission must be submitted online.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be received before the application can be processed:

1.       An unofficial transcript (if applicable) accompanied by two pieces of identification. Arrangements should be made to have an official transcript sent directly from the former educational institution to the School of Continuing Studies.

(See University Regulations & Resources > Continuing Studies > Personal Information > Submitting Legal Documents > Why Does McGill Collect Legal Documents from You?.)

Applicants applying on the basis of the CEGEP Diplôme d'études collégiales (DEC) must provide their Permanent Code so that McGill University can access their CEGEP transcripts electronically.

2.      Proof of age: Students 21 years of age and over, who do not have the normal academic background for admission, may be admitted as mature students. Two pieces of personal identification must be attached.

3.      TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, McGill SCS-TELP, McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture, or Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication, or CEEN 421 and CEEN 422 with a minimum grade of B-, if your mother tongue is other than English.

For more information please see Proof of Proficiency in English.

Students who have completed both Secondary V and a Diploma of Collegial Studies in Quebec (DEC) are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $81.93 in Canadian or U.S. funds, payable by Visa or MasterCard, is required. This fee includes application for evaluation of transcripts for students requesting Advanced Standing in a program at the time of admission.

McGill's highly secured e-payment service minimizes cardholder risk. Your credit card information is passed instantly to the Moneris payment gateway and is not stored at McGill. Moneris handles 80% of all credit card transactions processed in Canada. McGill University cannot process online applications without a valid credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please call 514-398-6200 for assistance.


Tracking the Status of Your Application

A notice acknowledging receipt of your application to McGill University will be sent to the email address indicated on your application.

This acknowledgment notice will contain a McGill identification number and a PIN that you can subsequently use to log on to Minerva, McGill’s self-service web-based administrative system.

You will be able to check the status of your application, including the receipt of supporting documents, on Minerva.


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Tuition & fees

Visit the McGill Student Accounts' Continuing Studies Fees page. Information about application fees can be found on the Students Accounts website.


Courses & Timetables


For a list of required and complementary courses being offered in the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 terms, please click on the image below:


IMPORTANT: Students must review the Calendar listing for an overall understanding of their program requirements. Please click on the following 'Courses' button.

McGill Course Calendar


Need more information?

Questions? Please view our FAQ before contacting our office. If you still have questions after reading the questions and answers, we will be happy to assist. Please ecpcont.education [at] mcgill.ca (contact us by email. )

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