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Graduate Certificate in Special Education Teaching, Licensure

If are a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana or Ohio and want to earn your special education certification this program was designed for you. With the Special Education Teaching Certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University, you can apply your passion for education by helping students with disabilities learn and grow. We offer students in this program a completely online experience taught from a Christ-centered perspective.

Why Pursue My Special Education Teaching, Licensure Certificate at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your special education certification online at IWU. You will learn from experienced faculty who are experts in teaching in special education settings. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. We also provide comprehensive student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this certificate program. We also lock in the cost of your tuition once you start the program, so you can accurately forecast the cost of your program.

What Will I Learn in This Special Education Teaching, Licensure Certificate Program?

This special education certification program is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills that align with the initial licensure standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children, state licensure requirements for Indiana or Ohio, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards. Course materials are delivered through virtual reality, video discussion, concept maps, demo videos, and other tech-driven applications. Course topics cover foundations in language and literacy, research-based behavior interventions, ethical practices, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

18 Credit Hours


$499/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Special Education Teaching, Licensure Certificate Program

Coursework for your graduate certificate in teaching special education covers how to:

  • Understand the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of students and develop culturally responsive learning plans
  • Create individualized learning plans for students with exceptionalities
  • Build 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

After Graduation
Potential Careers

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

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • 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.
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.
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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.

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