The student who desires to become a special education teacher will complete the following minimum course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and initial practitioner Indiana license in exceptional needs: mild intervention. Special education majors are encouraged to also complete a "highly qualified" teaching minor.
Teaching Major Grade & GPA Requirement
Students completing a teaching major must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 2.75 major GPA, and a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward degree requirements.
Special Education Core 39 Requirements - 41 credit hours
Within Core 39, special education majors are required to complete specific courses as indicated in the chart below to meet content requirements for licensure in special education.
Students may pursue a BA degree by completing modern language courses (ARAB, CHIN/FREN/GERM/JPN/LATN/SPAN) 101, 102, 203, and 204. For a BA degree, the social science elective may be omitted. However, GEOG 330 and the 8 hours of science are still required.
Embedded Experiences (in core, major and/or elective courses)
In order to be considered "highly qualified" in an area, candidates must complete an established minor in a content area typically taught in P-12 schools. Candidates may minor in elementary education or early childhood education but will only be considered "highly qualified" at those grade levels. The highly qualified status is not required for licensure but it is required for employment.
The candidate must complete the courses listed above and earn 120 credit hours to graduate.