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Are you a teacher who would like to work with students with special needs? Our post-baccalaureate certificate in special education gives you the foundational and field-intrinsic knowledge you need in a systematic format combined with exposure to classroom practice.

Required Courses

Currently Students are required to complete 26 credit hours of coursework consisting of the following courses:
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-K 505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students 3
EDUC-K 545 Academic and Behavioral Assessment (SU only) 3
EDUC-K 553 Management of Academic and Social Behavior 3
EDUC-K 544 Emotional Disorders Methods II 3
EDUC-K 590 Ind. Study or Research in SPED V.T. Partnerships (SU only) 3
EDUC-K 590 Ind. Study or Research in SPED V.T. Functional Curriculum, TBI, AT 3
EDUC-K 590 Autism Spectrum Disorder 2
EDUC-K 590 Ind. Study or Research in SPED V.T.: Methods of Mild Interventions 3
EDUC-K 590 Ind. Study or Research in SPED V.T. Response to Intervention in Literacy Instruction (Online) 1
EDUC-K 590 Ind. Study or Research in SPED V.T. Response to Intervention in Mathematics Instruction (Online) 1
EDUC-K 590 Ind. Study or Research in SPED V.T. Response to Intervention in Behavior Interventions (Online) 1
EDUC-M 550 Practicum in SPED (Clinical practice required of all graduates) 1
Candidates without a teaching license will need to complete a 2nd Clinical Practice:
EDUC-K 588 Supervised Teaching in Special Education 3

A grade of B or higher is required in all coursework. The certificate consists of 26 credit hours of coursework for students with a current valid teaching license

All candidates will complete an artifact or performance projects, and observed clinical practice hours within K-4 and 5-12 School Grade Level in multiple documented special education categories & service delivery models. This is a mandatory rule!

Special Education Emergency permits for licensed teachers require at the least 6 credit hrs. per year with completion of Special Education license only in 3 years. This requires taking courses in summer sessions. Best practice in Indiana is to complete the license in 2 years.

Four summative decision points are required:

  • Admitted 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.

Additional requirements

All coursework applied to your Emergency Certification must be completed within 6 years. Program requirements may change and you may be subject to new guidelines if you do not take coursework for more than one year. If petitioned and approved, up to 6 credit hours (grade of B or higher) may be transferred from other institutions; up to 15 credit hours may be allowed from other IU campuses. Petition forms are available from the IU Southeast School of Education.

You must file an application for degree and other necessary paperwork at least six months prior to the intended date of graduation. University graduation periods are May, August, and December. Candidates completing requirements in the summer will graduate on August 31.

Admission Process

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Special Education post-baccalaureate certificate must satisfy 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
  • Both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution, and proof of passing state approved content area examination(s).
  • Post-Bac Degree requirements include passing CASA or Indiana-approved alternative assessment prior to Program Admission.
  • Current, valid teaching license.

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, Mary Ann Wild at or (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 Records Specialist.
  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. Also on the Uploads Tab, upload a copy of current teaching license or statement of eligibility. (Emergency license not acceptable.)
  6. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school. A required overall 3.0 GPA must be reflected on all transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  7. Submit a personal statement addressing the SOE dispositions.
  8. Submit a copy of your current, valid teaching license.

Please send all completed materials to:

IU Southeast School of Education
Mary Ann Wild, Records Specialist
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150


Please contact Dr. Faye Camahalan, or Carol Bartlett, for additional information and advising as we are in the process of updating this program.

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Carol Bartlett Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Special Education Coordinator

Hillside Hall 05
Phone: (812) 941-2251

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Faye Marsha G. Camahalan Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies

Hillside Hall 20B
Phone: (812) 941-2136

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