Certificate in Special Needs


This certificate program is designed for adults in schools, parishes, or dioceses who are already teaching and ministering in special needs, or preparing to embark on such a ministry.


  1. Complete the application form (use the link found below).
  2. Pay the $20.00 / $35.00 fee for the certificate program.
  3. Complete the 5 required courses for the Certificate in Special Needs in Faith Formation.
    1. Normal course fees apply.
    2. You are responsible for self-registering for all courses.
  4. Up to two courses taken with a diocese may be applied toward the Certificate in Special Needs Faith Formation.
    • The Diocesan Catechetical Leader is required to submit a letter to the VLCFF Curriculum Design Specialist, indicating the course(s) are equivalent to 2.5 CEUs (25 clock hours of work) and met the equivalent VLCFF course objectives.
  5. It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress in the program: Keep track of the courses you have taken, and when you have finished the program, contact Laura Franklin with your request for your certificate of completion.


If you are new to the VLCFF, please complete a user profile (in the Become a New Student page, click the link to create your profile). You must be logged in to see the registration link.

Required Courses

  1. Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview (SN-1)
  2. Fundamentals in Deaf Faith Formation (SN-2)
  3. Creative Methodologies: ADHD in Parish Life - Pastoral Implications (SN-3)
  4. Autism in Faith Formation (SN-4)
  5. Faith Formation for Adults with Special Needs (SN-5)

A Certificate of completion is awarded

Upon completion of the entire program

Required Textbooks for the Full Certificate Program

For required texts, please refer to the Course Catalog, listed under Courses on the website, and note the descriptions for each course.