Secondary Special Education

Special Education

B.S.Ed. in Secondary Special Education

Exceptional Needs – Early and Late Adolescence

Take on challenging coursework in your chosen content area and explore issues in special education that include classroom management, family involvement or social-emotional learning through a degree in secondary special education.

  • Admissions Requirements
    Direct Admit Scholars

    To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education. Students who meet the following qualifications are invited to apply to join the Direct Admit Scholars program:

    • A minimum SAT score of 1170 New SAT (or 1100 Old SAT) or a minimum ACT score of 24
    • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    Certification from University Division

    Students should meet with a University Division advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include:

    • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
    • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed
    • Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Financial Aid

    We offer a range of scholarships for qualified students. Current students can be considered for most School of Education scholarships by completing one application each year.

    We also encourage students to visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.

    If you are a prospective student who applies to our Direct Admit Scholars program, you’ll be considered for scholarship opportunities as an entering freshman.

  • Student Teaching

    The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in a preschool, kindergarten, or primary grade classroom. You can also take on additional field engagements as early as your second semester (depending on your admissions status) through our early field experiences program.

  • Licensing

    When you graduate, you can apply for a single license covering Junior High/Middle School and High School, with special education and your chosen content focus as your content field.

    Learn more about applying for your initial license.

  • Community of Teachers (COT)

    Many secondary special education students participate in the Community of Teachers (COT) program, which provides a unique support system and added perspective on secondary education. As a member, you’ll develop strong relationships with fellow teaching students in ongoing seminars and work directly with a mentor teacher in that put you in real-world classrooms one to two days a week.

Secondary special education majors can choose either Language Arts/English or Math or Science for their content area focus.