A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for dual licensure in the areas of special education: mild intervention and elementary education, which enables them to serve children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities at the preschool through grade 12 levels. In addition, graduates are eligible to teach elementary general education students at the kindergarten through grade 6 levels and are considered highly qualified in both special education and elementary education. During this program, you will learn to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), use assistive technology, and develop instructional material and environmental modifications - all essential elements when teaching individuals with diverse needs.
Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in Indiana.
Once licensed, a special education graduate is qualified to teach elementary general education children and children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities.
Currently there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers in special education.
Points of Pride
- First field experience as early as the second semester of your freshman year
- Field experiences in local schools in a variety of grade levels
- Study abroad opportunities to earn credit while learning and teaching in another culture
- Urban field experience opportunity
- Dual licensure eligibility for undergraduate students upon successful completion of program requirements in special education: mild intervention (grades P-12) and elementary education