College of Education and Public Policy

Graduate Program Options in Special Education 

3 Options to obtain an Indiana Mild Intervention License:

(additional details below table)

Options Criteria
Graduate Certification Program 1.  Admission to Special Education Master’s program with UG GPA of 3.0 or higher.

2.  Satisfactorily complete 18 credit hours of graduate courses in special education.

3.  Pass designated Pearson Test for Indiana. 
Master of Science in Education with a Major in Special Education
(teaching license required)
1.  Admission to Special Education Master’s program with UG GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

2.  Satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of graduate courses in special education and research methods.
 

3.  Pass designated Pearson Test for Indiana. 
Advanced Degree License in Special Education
(No teaching license requirement)
1.  Admission to Special Education Master’s program with UG GPA of 3.0 or higher.
 

2.  Satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of graduate courses in special education and research methods.
 

3.  Pass designated Pearson Test for Indiana (without a teaching license, there are additional test through the state). 

Special Education Graduate Certification Program

This program is designed for a person with a teaching license in a general education teaching area at the elementary or secondary level. The program is a total of 18 credit hours. Those 18 hours can be used for completion of the MS degree (see below). This program requires a practicum with students with special needs to be completed. If a person is teaching students with special needs on an emergency permit then the practicums hours and requirements can be completed in the classroom.

Mild Intervention Course Sheet

 

Master of Science in Education with a Major in Special Education

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Special Education will lead to a Mild Intervention Teaching Certification. A master of science in education program requires a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours. This program includes graduate coursework in special education and research methods. You are eligible to complete the coursework if you hold a current general education teaching license.

The MS in education is combination of 18 credit hours of specific content for the license in Mild Intervention and 18 credit hours in different content areas and research methods.

You may choose a thesis or special project to complete your master’s degree. You should discuss with your academic advisor your preferred path and complete all program requirements within 6.5 years from when you start the program.

You should make an appointment with one of the special education faculty to inquire about the course content for the MS.

MS in Education with Major in Special Education Course sheet 


Advanced Degree License in Special Education

This option is for a person without a teaching license, but with a completed 4-year degree with a 3.0 or better GPA.

The requirements for Advanced Degree License in Special Education are as follows.

(1) Complete master’s degree in education with a major in special education (36 graduate-level credit hours).

(2) One year of teaching experience in special education classroom (generally under the Indiana emergency permit for Mild Intervention).

(3) Passing scores on appropriate licensing exams
                P-12 pedagogy Test (007) P–12 Education

                Mild Intervention license:
                        025 Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention
                        064 Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction tests

For additional Information about the Pearson Exams. Website www.in.nesinc.com

(4) CPR/AED training and Suicide Prevention Training

After completion of the above requirements; apply for the Mild Intervention License for P-12

This degree allows for application for the MI license only. If you want an additional teaching license then you must complete the MS in that area (i.e. Math MS if want that license).

For more information, please contact Dr. Jane Leatherman at leatherj@ipfw.edu or phone 260-481-5742.

Checklist for MSEd with a major in Special Education

Anticipated Course Rotation 

Special Education Program Graduate Student Guide


Beginning Fall of 2018, applications to this program will need to be submitted via the Purdue Application Portal. For admission prior to Fall 2018, refer to the application instructions on the website.