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Transition to Teaching (TTT) Special Education Graduate Certificate


Overview of the Transition to Teaching (TTT) Special Education Graduate Certificate

Be the reason a child loves to learn. Designed specifically for students seeking initial licensure in Indiana, the online Transition to Teaching (TTT) in Special Education program helps you understand the unique challenges and needs of many students in our classrooms today. It also prepares you for licensure with practical coursework, direct experience working with children and families, and faculty with relevant teaching backgrounds.

Applicants for the TTT in Special Education program must have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the subject area of special education. Don’t meet the admission requirements? Check out IWU’s Special Education Teacher Training Certificate program, which will help you prepare and transition smoothly into the TTT program.

  • Complete the program in approximately two years (24 months)
  • Fully online – don’t pause your life to earn your degree
  • Graduate with a professional growth plan, a classroom management plan, a behavior intervention plan and more



  • Create developmentally appropriate instructional practices
  • Support healthy development of students with special needs and their families
  • Develop lesson plans and behavior plans for students with disabilities



  • Special education teacher
  • Curriculum developer
  • Special education coordinator or lead teacher
  • Special education teacher assistant



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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

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

Tuition and Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
21 Total $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. 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

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 loans, veterans benefits, and occasionally employer reimbursement.

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


Special Education



Below are the lists of requirements for the Transition to Teaching - Special Education Graduate 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 SOEL FERPA Release form.
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Educational Leadership guidelines.
  • Earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree, in the subject area the individual intends to teach, 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 with one of the following:
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from an institution of higher education, or
    • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale from an institution of higher education and five (5) years of professional experience in an education related field, or
    • Proof that the individual has passed the state-approved content area examination(s) in the subject area they intend to teach.

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that Indiana State Legislation has mandated that expanded background checks are required for those working with students in Indiana schools. Applicants will also be required to adhere to any additional State Mandates required for educators. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check that is acceptable to the university as a part of their application materials, that successful background report will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. School corporations are governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who set policy for their school corporation. All accepted students should understand that additional background checks will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

Program Requirements

All Transition to Teaching Special Education candidates will be required to provide passing scores for Indiana’s required licensing content test(s) before student teaching or will be administratively withdrawn from the program.

Clinical Experience Requirements

  • All candidates must complete field experiences throughout the program as well as a 14-week full time student teaching experience in a Special Education classroom.
  • All coursework prior to student teaching must be completed with a minimum grade of no less than "B-" in each course to be eligible to student teach. 
  • All clinical placements will be made by the Office of Clinical Experiences, unless otherwise outlined in course curriculum. Candidates are not to contact any school or attempt to secure their own student teaching assignment at any time. 
  • Removal from a clinical experience may result in the candidate not passing the course and/or being permanently withdrawn from the program. 

Completion Requirements

  • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
  • Successfully complete all Clinical Experience requirements associated with the program.
  • Provide passing scores for all required state licensure content and pedagogy examinations.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Upon completion of the Transition to Teaching-Special Education Program, candidates will be recommended for P-12 Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention licensure in the state of Indiana. Candidates seeking licensure in states other than Indiana must first obtain their Indiana educator license and then seek licensure, in their state of choice, through possible reciprocity agreement.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Transition to Teaching (TTT) Special Education Graduate Certificate program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application
    Apply online at indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts
    College: Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece. org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third-party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

Start Dates

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