Would you like to work with students with special needs? Our licensure program in special education gives you the foundational and field-intrinsic knowledge you need in a systematic format combined with exposure to classroom practice. This program is for candidates who have a bachelor's degree but do not have a teaching license.

Required Courses

Currently Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of coursework consisting of the following courses:
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
General Courses (9 credit hours)
EDUC-E 514 Elementary Language Arts Methods 3
EDUC-N 523 Elementary Mathematics Methods 3
EDUC-P 510 Psychology in Teaching 3
Special Education Courses, 27 credit hours
EDUC-K 505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students 3
EDUC-K 563 Learning Disabilities I 3
EDUC-K 544 Emotional Disorders Methods II 3
EDUC-K 535 Assessment/Remediation of Mildly Handicapped I 3
EDUC-K 553 Management of Academic and Social Behavior 3
EDUC-K 565 Collaboration and Service Delivery 3
EDUC-K 500 Topical Seminary in Special Education: Autism Spectrum 2
EDUC-M 501 Field Experience (depending on current position) 1
EDUC-K 580 Curriculum & Methods of Education for Mental Disabilities 3
EDUC-K 588 Supervised Teaching in Special Education 3
A grade of B or higher is required in all coursework.
Indiana University Southeast prepares educators for the Indiana Department of Education's Mild Intervention license for grades P-12. In order to be prepared to teach at all grade levels from preschool through high school, all candidates will complete performance projects and observe clinical practice hours in multiple grade levels, multiple documented special education categories, and multiple service delivery models.
Licensed teachers under Special Education emergency permits must earn at least 6 credit hours per year and complete the Special Education license within 3 years. This requires taking courses in summer sessions. Best practice in Indiana is to complete the license in 2 years.
This program includes four summative decision points:
  • Admission to program
  • Assessment of programs of academics and dispositions within the first 9 hours
  • Assessment of clinical experience after completion of one clinical assessment
  • Assessment of supervised teaching, completed and filed with application for degree
Students are required to meet with their graduate advisor every semester.

Admission Process

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Special Education licensure program must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale); or
  • Both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale), and five (5) years of professional experience; or

Application Process

  1. Attend a program advising session held each semester.
  2. Complete the online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to program. If a previous application fee was paid the fee should be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Record Specialist at (812) 941-2388.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required from educators who know your capacity to engage in graduate coursework. Use the Recommendation Tab on the online application to request electronically. If desired, letters may be mailed directly to Ms. Tracy Stracener, our Records Specialist at or (812) 941-2388.
  4. On the Uploads Tab, upload a personal statement that identifies your academic goals, career objectives and why you are applying to this program.
  5. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school. Submit a personal statement addressing the SOE dispositions.
  6. Please mail copies of the test scores for Elementary Education Content Area Assessment test 060, 061, 062, 063 to the address listed below.

Please send all completed materials to:

Ms. Tracy Stacener, Student Records Officer
IU Southeast School of Education
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

For information, please contact Ms. Tracy Stracener, our Records Specialist at or (812) 941-2388.


Please contact Dr. Sarah Sehlinger for additional information and advising.

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Dr. Sarah Sehlinger

Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Special Education

Hillside Hall 31
Phone: (812) 941-2593

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Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2333

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