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 Special Education: Mild Intervention 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. Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. The Special Education: Mild Intervention 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
Special Education/Mild Intervention P12, BA
- Courses indicated by (**) included in Professional Education GPA (3.0 - “B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)
- Course indicated by ♦ equals Critical Course (course required for GATE A admission)
- A 2.8 Graduation GPA and a 3.0 Professional Education GPA are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.
- 32 credit hours at 30000 level or above required
The Ivy Tech TSAP plan of study is contingent upon successful admission to the Teacher Education Program (GATE A). If not eligible for GATE A admission, the Ivy Tech student must follow the current Special Education: Mild program of study.
Teacher Education Program (GATE A) requirements:
- Satisfy Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative
- Complete Foundational Education Courses: EDCI 20500, 28500 and EDPS 27000
- Overall GPA: 2.8/4.0
- Professional Educational GPA: 3.0/4.0 with no grade lower than a “C-” and no incomplete grades, “I”
- Adhere to Criminal Background Check Policy
The TSAP program is based on a specific two-year TSAP plan. Purdue doesn’t guarantee completion of the bachelor’s degree in four semesters if one chooses to enter a major other than the specific TSAP program at Purdue., Please consult the major department for more information.