NASET / AASEP - Board Certification in Special Education (BCSE) Program

BCSE FAQFrequently Asked Questions

What is Board Certification in Special Education? 

The NASET/AASEP Board Certification in Special Education represents a professional’s qualifications in a specific field of practice in special education. The certification demonstrates excellence as well as increasing the visibility, credibility and validates expertise with those outside the profession.

Why Become Board Certified in Special Education?

The Board Certification in Special Education, BCSE signifies your highly skilled expertise, experience, and commitment to Special Education! You’ll be in good company, among an elite and exclusive group who meet the rigorous professional development standards required by NASET/AASEP. The BCSE certification lends credibility and prominence to the Special Education profession. Most important is that Board Certification in Special Education exemplifies your dedication to the field of special education, going above and beyond what is required.

What Are the Qualifications to Become Board Certified in Special Education?

All candidates for BCSE are required to have a minimum of a Master’s Degree. In addition to the educational prerequisite, the candidates must successful complete each of the 7 Module’s examinations and submit proof of completion to NASET/AASEP. For more detail on the qualifications, use the following link:  Requirements and Fees

Can I Receive Professional or Educational Credit for Completion of the Modules?

That would depend upon many factors. Primary amongst them is the credit requirements for acceptance of by your school, district or governmental agency. All Modules have been rated by NASET/AASEP in study hours. The number of study hours is indicated on each Module certificate which also contain your name, the Module title, and the date of completion. 

How Much Does the Program Cost? 

The cost for NASET members is $1,100 in single payment or you can choose to pay for each of the 7 modules at $195/each. (Non-members pay $1,300 in a single payment or $225/module).

Do I Need to be a Member of NASET or AASEP to Apply for BCSE?  

No. Although NASET or AASEP membership does provide a discount, we do not require you to be a member of NASET or AASEP to apply. There is no application fee to apply for the BCSE program.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the BCSE Program?  

Since the modules and examinations are available online 24/7, the time it takes is totally up to you. The only limitations are that you complete the 7 Modules within 4 years of your application acceptance. If you start with the NASET member’s discounted fees, your membership must remain active throughout the time period, during which you are completing the requirements.

After Completion of All Requirements, How Long Does It Take to Attain the Designation of BCSE?

Once you have completed the Module requirements and having provided proof of your having met the educational prerequisite, your credentials are presented to the Board for approval. The time from program completion to attaining BCSE certification documentation is approximately 10 business days.

Will I Need to Renew My Certification?

Yes. All candidates who complete the Board Certification in Special Education program must renew their certification annually with the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET). The annual BCSE certification renewal fee for NASET Members is $125.00 or for Non-members, the renewal fee is $165.00.

Do I Need to Travel to a Location to Access Materials, View a Lecture or Take the Examinations?

No. Our Units, Modules and examinations are all online. There is no need to travel to access anything. The entire program, from start to finish, can be done in the comfort of your home, office or wherever you choose.

Are There Specific Start Dates to Begin a the BCSE Program?

No, you can begin to start a Module whenever you choose. You work and study at your own pace. As soon as you are notified of your access via email, your access has been “turned on” so that you may begin at your convenience.

When Can I Take the Examination for a Given Module?

That is also completely up to you. You work and study for an examination at your own pace. There is no specific examination date. You set the pace of the program based on your availability.

If I Do Not Pass the Examination, Will I Be Given Another Chance?

es. You are allowed 3 attempts to complete each of the 7 Module examinations.

How Do I Advance to the Next Module After I Complete the Latest Examination?

Once you receive a score of 80% or higher on a Module Examination, you can then print a certificate of successful completion. You will need to provide this certificate to the Career Center at NASET by email (legible scan or photograph), fax or mailing. The following is information for each method to send the certificate: Email carecenter@naset.orgFax: 800-424-0371 or by mail: NASET Career Center, 3642 E. Sunnydale Drive, Chandler Heights, AZ 85142. Lastly payment must be completed before any module is activated.

What Do I Do if I Have Technical Issues with Online Module Access or Examinations?

Contact the NASET Career Center at careercenter@naset.org or call us at 800-754-4421 ext 102

How Will I Know When Or if I Have Access to a Given Module?

You will receive an emailed notification that access to the next Module has been activated. You can also see active links for modules with access turned on for you in the Module Access Portal page* (Please note – You must be logged in to see the Module Access Link(s))   

Who Do I Contact If I Have Any Questions About the BCSE Program?

Contact the NASET Career Center at careercenter@naset.org or call us at 800-754-4421 ext 102

BCSE Links

BCSE Application - Click here  

BCSE Module/Unit Summaries - Click here

BCSE Requirements & Fees - Click here

BCSE Handbook - Click here

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