Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

College of Health and Human Sciences

Students complete a program that prepares them to apply for licensure in Indiana as Early Childhood Generalist and Exceptional Needs, teaching in pre-kindergarten through grade three. Students develop critical thinking abilities necessary for working with young children and their families. They develop skills for working with typically developing children as well as children with exceptional needs. Graduates are prepared to teach in inclusive preschool and primary classrooms and/or in classrooms serving children with exceptional needs. The program includes one full semester of student teaching.

Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 2.8


Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-8533


Students are prepared to teach in pre-kindergarten, primary and special education classrooms through grade three. Students are also prepared for certification as developmental therapists in the early intervention system (birth to 3 yrs.)  Graduates pursue careers including public school regular or special education teacher, child-care teacher or administrator, Head Start teacher or administrator, preschool teacher, family support specialist, developmental therapist, family life specialist, and special needs coordinator.

Related Career Interests

Community Service

Teaching and Education