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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education/Mild Intervention P-12, BA

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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 Professional Preparation and Licensure.


Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Special Education Mild-P12  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

Program: SPED-TCH-BA
Code: SMDE
Credit Hours: 120
“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-” in
Professional Educatino Courses - See ** courses

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (35-36 credits)

Electives (11-12 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 or click here .

Program Requirements

See your advisor for other options in creating your SMDE Educational Plan of Study.

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Required before EDPS 36100: Basic Skills Competency Tests / Alternative

15 Credits

15 Credits

14-15 Credits

14-15 Credits

Required before student teaching: Attempt/Pass all Content Tests

Spring 4th Year

16 Credits


*  = Satisfies a University Core Requirement
** = Course included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)

Degree Requirement

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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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

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Criminal History Background Check and Student Self-Disclosure Statement

A current Criminal Background Check must be on file in the Office of Field Experiences (OFE).  The Student Self-Disclosure Statement is submitted to OFE at the start of a Foundational course in which you complete a course-related field experience placement, EDCI 20500 
or EDPS 23500  or EDPS 26500  . For additional information please visit http://www.education.purdue.edu/fieldexp/students/index.html.


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree

A 2.80 Graduation GPA and a 3.00 Professional Education GPA

are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.
32 credit hours at the 30000 level or above required

(Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12)

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