Exceptional Needs Education

The Exceptional Needs program at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed for individuals who have a heart for and desire to help students with learning disabilities or require mild educational interventions. IWU's program is also designed to meet Indiana exceptional needs standards, and is recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Four guiding principles are foundational to the Exceptional Needs program:

  • God created all persons, including persons with disabilities, and each is valuable (Psalm 139:13-16).
  • When included as part of society, persons with disabilities have something to offer (1 Corinthians 12:12-26).
  • The task of the educator is to teach persons with or without disabilities to fulfill their role in society (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
  • Acceptance of these individuals, as they are, is a primary and essential part of teaching (John 4:5-27).

Each Exceptional Needs program (P-6 and P-12) includes general education requirements and a common Professional Core, Exceptional Needs courses specific to the major, and Elective courses. In addition, a Severe and Profound program may be added to either of the Exceptional Needs majors.

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One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Faculty in the School of Teacher Education came to the University after successful careers as teachers and/or administrators in public and private schools around the country. They not only are skillful teachers, but also are scholars in the field of teacher education, regularly contributing to the professional literature and sharing with colleagues the results of their investigations.

Students in the School of Teacher Education can expect to have classroom experiences that model effective teaching. They can also expect to receive supportive and professional one-on-one mentoring in their own practice-teaching experiences from faculty who themselves have been successful classroom teachers, and whose passion is to pass their knowledge and skill on to their students.

The links below will take you to more information about the faculty who will work with you to develop your God-given gift of teaching.

Amy Forshey; MEd, Ed.D Asst. Prof; Special Education | Coord; Special Education Program amy.forshey@indwes.edu View Profile
Sarah Jones; MEd Asst Prof; Special Education sarah.jones@indwes.edu View Profile
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