Online Special Education Teaching Certificate

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Overview of the Special Education Teaching Certificate Online Program


The Indiana Licensure program is open to candidates pursuing Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention licensure in the state of Indiana. 

The Ohio Licensure program is open to candidates pursuing Intervention Specialist - Mild/Moderate licensure in the state of Ohio. 

The Special Education Teaching Certificate provides an 18-credit hour post-baccalaureate program for teachers seeking additional content areas with respect to teaching licensure. Candidates completing the 18-credit hour program gain content and pedagogical content knowledge related to professional teaching standards for the content area in which they are seeking additional licensure. Prior to applying to the program, candidates are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their state and whether or not IWU's Teaching Certificate Program will satisfy the requirements of the state in which they are seeking licensure. 

The mission of the Teaching Certificate Program is to prepare teacher leaders to provide advanced knowledge in a specific content area leading to additional licensure that translates into effective teaching performances and dispositions, all of which are focused on improving P-12 student learning.



The Special Education Certificate (Non-licensure) is a post-baccalaureate certificate, non-licensure program. This program is open to candidates seeking advanced knowledge and skills in the field of special education for P-12 learners with mild to moderate exceptional learning needs. Candidates will complete an 18-credit hour program which aligns to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards.

This program is open to candidates from all states and countries, and is not tied to state licensure. Candidates could
include teachers or professionals in the following settings: International schools, ACSI schools both stateside and
overseas, Charter Schools, Private schools, and residential programs and settings. This program may also appeal to
traditional public-school teachers who are seeking continuing education, but are not interested in special education licensure.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, candidates should be able to:

  • Identify diverse cultural and linguistic needs and utilize available technologies to develop culturally responsive learning plans. 
  • Use knowledge of general and specialized curricular content to individualize learning for students with exceptionalities. 
  • Select and administer appropriate assessments and analyze data from multiple sources to make data-driven decisions for students with exceptionalities.
  • Select evidence-based instructional strategies and resources and implement them effectively to meet exceptional learning needs. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to create safe, inclusive learning environments by implementing evidence based behavioral interventions for students with exceptionalities. 
  • Collaborate with families, colleagues, related service providers, and other stakeholders to provide appropriate learning experiences for students with exceptionalities. 
  • Use foundational knowledge of the field and the professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to develop ethical, legally compliant communications and learning plans for students with exceptionalities. 
  • Demonstrate ethical, Christ-like attitudes, values, and biblical worldview in their professional behaviors with colleagues and students with exceptionalities. 
  • Demonstrate strength in the following School of Educational Leadership dispositional domains: Communication, Critical Thinking, Human Interaction, Leadership, and Professionalism.


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Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
18 Total $470 / credit hour $470 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program with specialization courses. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email

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Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.



*NOTE: Courses EDSE 520, EDSE-530, EDSE-540 and EDSE-550 have embedded clinical experience.


Below are the lists of requirements for the Special Education Teaching Certificate. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a signed School of Educational Leadership FERPA Release form.
  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  • Indiana and Ohio Licensure: 
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license.
    • At least one year of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial P-12 school in the United States or abroad.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.
  • Non-Licensure:
    • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school or international school.

Completion Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of “B-” in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
  • Indiana Licensure:
    • Provide evidence of passing scores for the Indiana licensure exam(s).
  • Ohio Licensure:
    • Successful completion of twelve credit hours (undergraduate or graduate level) of teaching of reading courses – including at least one, 3-credit hour course in phonics as part of their program completion requirements.
    • Provide evidence of passing scores for the Ohio licensure exam(s).

Field and Clinical Experience Requirements

All candidates must complete field and clinical experiences embedded within the special education courses.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the IWU Special Education Teaching Certificate. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.