Special Education: Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention

Special Education

Special Education

Graduate License Addition

The graduate license addition in Special Education (Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention) can be completed residentially or online and is for individuals who currently possess a practitioner (teaching) license at the elementary (K-6), secondary (5-12) or preschool through grade 12 (P-12) levels. It can also be completed by individuals who possess an emergency permit in Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention if they are currently licensed in another content area. This program prepares currently licensed teachers to educate students with mild/high-incidence disabilities in various educational settings and the license is added to the same instructional level (K-6, 5-12, or P-12) as the teacher’s current practitioner license.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Jul 1
    Spring Nov 2
    Summer Apr 1
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Current practitioner (teaching) license at the elementary (K-6), secondary (5-12) or preschool through grade 12 (P-12) level
    4. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Copy of teaching license

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Program Requirements
  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • License Addition Information

    To add licensure in Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention to an existing practitioner license, individuals are required to complete 21-30 credits of coursework, pass two Indiana CORE assessments, and complete eight portfolio expectations under the guidance of a licensed special education teacher. The number of credit hours required is determined through an evaluation of each teacher’s prior coursework and current teaching license. The Exceptional Needs -Mild Intervention license is added at the same grade levels listed on the individual’s current practitioner license.

    The two Indiana CORE assessments are:

    1. Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention (Code: 025)
    2. Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction (Code: 064)*

    *Individuals are exempt from taking the Indiana CORE assessment in Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction (064) if they meet one of the following conditions:

    • Have a current teaching license as an Elementary Generalist (P-6) and have passed the Indiana CORE assessment in Elementary Education Generalist – Subtest 1: Reading and English Language Arts (060), OR
    • Have a current non-special education teaching license and have passed the Indiana CORE assessment in Reading (038).

    The eight portfolio tasks include:

    1. Teaching Reading and Writing
    2. Individual Development
    3. Instructional Strategies
    4. Diverse Learners
    5. Classroom Management and Community
    6. Multicultural Understanding
    7. Evaluating Students’ Learning
    8. Collaboration

    Students may need to enroll in EDUC-S 500 more than once to complete the required portfolio tasks.

This program prepares teachers to:

  • design lessons that incorporate practices, programs, and methods that are supported by research,
  • use assessments to inform instruction and monitor students’ progress
  • select and use assistive technology,
  • manage classroom environments,
  • collaborate effectively with school-based professionals (e.g., teachers, administrators, school psychologists), outside agencies, and students’ families,
  • support students’ social and emotional learning,
  • develop and implement high-quality individualized education plans (IEPs), and support students’ learning through accommodations, modifications, universal design for learning, and differentiated instruction.

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