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Online Special Education Teaching Certificate

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Overview of the Special Education Teaching Certificate Online Program

The Indiana Special Education Teaching Certificate program provides an 18 credit hour post-baccalaureate course of study for certified teachers seeking to obtain an initial Indiana Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention (i.e., special education) license to serve students with mild special needs. Upon successful completion of all course work and the state-required licensure examinations, candidates can be recommended for a P-12 Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention teaching license in the state of Indiana.

This program is open to candidates from all states and leads to Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention licensure in Indiana. Prior to applying to the program, candidates are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their state and whether or not the program selected will satisfy the requirements of the state for which she or he may be seeking additional licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

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

  • Use knowledge of general and specialized curricular content to create individualized learning for students with exceptional needs.
  • Select and administer appropriate assessments and analyze data from multiple sources to make data-driven decisions for students with exceptional needs.
  • 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 exceptional needs.
  • Collaborate with families, colleagues, related service providers, and other stakeholders to provide appropriate learning experiences for students with exceptional needs.
  • 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 exceptional needs.
  • Identify diverse cultural and linguistic needs and implement available technologies to develop culturally responsive learning plans.
  • Demonstrate ethical, Christ-like attitudes, values, and biblical worldview in their professional behaviors with colleagues and students with exceptional needs.
  • Demonstrate competence in the following School of Educational Leadership's 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 indwes.edu/ocls.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

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

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

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 IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

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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.

Licensure Program


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


Non-Licensure Program



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

Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, or reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

The admission requirements for the Indiana Special Education Teaching Certificate are as follows:

  • 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.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a 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 (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial school in the United States or abroad.
  • At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial school in the United States or abroad.
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.
  • Candidates seeking acceptance into this program leading to Exceptional Needs – Mild licensure in the state of Indiana must have successfully completed one of the following:
    • Current and valid Indiana elementary teaching license, or
    • Three-credit hour course in phonics (undergraduate or graduate level) with a minimum grade of C, or
    • Passing score on ONE of the following Indiana CORE exams:
      • (014) Early Childhood Generalist Subtest 1: Reading and English Language Arts
      • (060) Elementary Education Generalist Subtest 1: Reading and English Language Arts
      • (038) Reading
      • (064) Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.

Completion Requirements

  • Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of “B-” in each course.
  • Successfully pass all Key Assessments with a score of a “3” or “4” for all rubric criteria.
  • Successfully pass all Professional Dispositions with a score of a “3” or “4” for all rubric criteria.
  • Successfully pass all Clinical Experience requirements.
  • Pay all tuition and fees to receive a certificate and be recommended for certification.

Clinical Experience Requirements

All clinical experience requirements are embedded in specific courses and must be passed successfully to complete the program. Per Council for Exceptional Children standards, candidates must complete clinical experiences across a variety of grade levels, settings, and disability types.

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.