Online Special Education Teaching Certificate

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It’s time to broaden your impact.

Are you a licensed teacher with a passion for serving and empowering students? Grow your professional skills and prepare yourself to enhance the lives of students with disabilities with a Special Education Teaching Certificate. Our program sets you on the path to becoming a licensed special education teacher, offering:

  • 100% online courses
  • Christ-centered approach to special education
  • Experienced, knowledgeable, caring instructors


Indiana or Ohio Licensure

The Special Education Teaching Certificate provides an 18-credit hour post-baccalaureate program for practicing classroom teachers seeking training in special education for students with mild disabilities. Candidates completing the 18-credit hour program qualify for Indiana licensure and gain content and pedagogical knowledge which aligns to the initial licensure standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children, state licensure requirements for Indiana, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards. Courses are designed to provide participants with methods and materials to serve students with exceptionalities through mild intervention.

Prior to applying to the program, candidates seeking licensure 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.

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Identify diverse cultural and linguistic needs and develop culturally responsive learning plans.
  • Individualize learning for students with exceptionalities.
  • 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.

Career Options

  • Program Coordinator in Special Education
  • Department Chair in Special Education
  • Special Education Instructor, Teacher, or Adjunct Faculty


18 Total
$499/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

6 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Submitted a signed SILD 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 or a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from master’s degree granting institution.
  • 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.

  • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.

Field and Clinical Experience Requirements

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

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.
  • Ohio Licensure: Candidates seeking Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate licensure in Ohio must have successfully passed twelve credit hours (undergraduate or graduate level) of teaching of reading courses - including at least one, three credit hour course in phonics as part of their program completion requirements.



The Special Education Teaching Certificate at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


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.

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024