Online Courses for Credit

Graduate Credits through Ashland University

Ashland Continuing Education

Online Professional Development Courses

Exceptional Child offers online professional development courses that have been approved by Ashland University for graduate credits, which can be applied to continuing education for teaching license renewal.

Educators can complete the self-paced online courses through their school’s or district’s subscription to Exceptional Child and register for the graduate credits directly through Ashland University.

Non-Degree Course Offerings

Each of the following course bundles is eligible for 1 semester hour of graduate credit through Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education.

  • Cost: $180 per semester hour.
  • Before registering for credit through Ashland University, you must first have an Exceptional Child account provided by your school or district.
  • You must register and pay directly through Ashland University for the graduate credit.
  • Ashland University is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to provide online/distance education across state borders (excluding California). 

Please visit our course library to preview any of the online course modules listed below. Visit Course Library

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Online course modules required:

  • ABA Overview
  • ABA: Reinforcement and Discrimination Procedures
  • ABA: Shaping, Fading and Conditioning Reinforcers
  • ASD Overview
  • ASD: Intervention Strategies
  • Asperger’s and Verbal Students with ASD – Part 1
  • Asperger’s and Verbal Students with ASD – Part 2
  • Bullying and Students with Special Needs
  • Inclusion Services
  • PECS: Part 1 – Pyramid Approach
  • PECS: Part 2 – Use and Benefits
  • Restraint and Seclusion Overview
  • School Safety for Students with Disabilities
  • Social Communication: Early Childhood
  • Social Stories Overview
  • Social Stories: Ten Defining Criteria

1-page written reflection on how this will impact the teacher’s classroom instruction.

IEP and Special Education Law

Online course modules required:

  • Child Find
  • Discipline: Legal Implications
  • Evaluation and Eligibility
  • FAPE
  • Federal Laws in Special Education
  • IDEA Overview
  • IEP Compliance
  • IEP Meetings and Team Collaboration
  • IEP: Facilitated Meetings
  • IEPs and the Common Core
  • LRE and Placement
  • Measurable Goals
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Section 504 Compliance
  • Transition Services

1-page written reflection on how this will impact the teacher’s classroom instruction.

You must have an active Exceptional Child account through your school or district before registering for Ashland credit.

Contact Us To Learn More

Learn more about graduate credits through Ashland University or organizational subscriptions for Exceptional Child by contacting us at:
 1-800-434-0154 or