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TSAP 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. See Special Education/Mild Intervention P-12, BA for BA degree information.

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

120 Credits Required

Ivy Tech Community College

 Associate of Science in Education: 60 credits

Semester course choice recommendations below, if approved by Ivy Tech, would lower number of required credit hours for future semesters.

  • Semester 1: Substitute EDUC 101 - Introduction to Teaching for EDUC 102 - Intro to Inclusive Teaching

  • Semester 2: Substitute EDUC 255 - Multicultural Teaching for EDUC 121 - Child and Adolescent Development

  • Semester 3: Substitute SCIN 100 - Earth Science for EDUC 224 - Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

  • Semester 3: Substitute an Economics course for ENGL 220 or 221 - World Literature I or II

Purdue University College of Education

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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits


** = Course included in Professional Education GPA (3.00 - “B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)

♦= Critical Course (course required for GATE A admission)

A 2.80 Graduation GPA and a 3.00 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: 2.80/4.00

           - Professional Educational GPA: 3.00/4.00 with no grade lower than a “C-” and no incomplete grades, “I”

           - Adhere to Criminal Background Check Policy

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.


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