Special Education: Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education - Mild Intervention
A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for dual licensure in the areas of special education: mild intervention and elementary education, which enables them to serve children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities at the preschool through grade 12 levels. In addition, graduates are eligible to teach elementary general education students at the kindergarten through grade 6 levels and are considered highly qualified in both special education and elementary education. During this program, you will learn to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), use assistive technology and develop instructional material and environmental modifications - all essential elements when teaching individuals with diverse needs.
Two key themes (social justice and diversity, and K-12 STEM education) and four key strands (innovation, collaboration, advancement, and leadership) run through and guide the program. Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.
Once licensed, a special education graduate is qualified to teach elementary general education children and children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities.
Currently there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers in special education.
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Careers in Special Education: Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education - Mild Intervention
- Camp counselor
- Childcare worker
- Community services
- Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, education administrator, lawyer, school counselor)
Transfer to Special Education: Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education - Mild Intervention
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.8
In addition, GPA in education coursework must average 3.0 or higher (with no grade lower than a C-). Must also have a C- or better in any English composition coursework.
Contact InformationCollege of Education, Office of Advising and Recruiting