About the Program
Special Education meets the unique needs of individuals with disabilities by preparing professionals with the knowledge, disposition and skills necessary to effectively serve individuals with diverse needs. The undergraduate program is based on an inquiry framework that emphasizes (a) creating connections between subject matter knowledge and teaching, (b) valuing the diverse characteristics of students and the ability to address the needs of all students, and (c) understanding the contextual aspects of teaching (e.g., the organizational and policy context).
The program links courses with field experiences in partner school and non-school settings. Particular attention is given to specialized skills to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities - serving students in various school and community settings; developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); using assistive technology; and developing instructional material and environmental modifications. All of these competencies are beyond the knowledge required for general educators.
A dual licensure major, Special Education: Mild Intervention and Elementary Education, graduate is qualified to teach children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities, including children with high functioning autism, at the preschool through grade 12 levels, P-12 and Elementary Education kindergarten through grade 6 levels, K-6. Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. The Special Education/Elementary Education Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree for licensure.
For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting. For teacher licensure information, visit the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure.
146-147 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Requirements (95 credits)
Major Courses (63 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (51-52 credits)
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
(See your advisor for other options in creating your SPED Educational Plan of Study.)
Required before BLOCK III: Basic Skills Competency Tests / Alternative
Required before BLOCK VI: Attempt/Pass all Content Tests
Date: ________ Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative
Date: ________ Content Tests (EDTB_____ and SPED_____)
Date: ________ GATE A: Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)
Date: ________ GATE B: TEP Retention
- ** Course included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)
- A 2.8 Graduation GPA and a 3.0 Professional Education GPA are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.
- 32 credits hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or above required for graduation.
- Licensure: Dual major: Special Education Mild Intervention: P-12 & Elementary Education: K-6 / Reading Concentration
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.
For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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