Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12
A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for licensure in the area of special education: mild intervention. This enables them to serve children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities at the preschool through grade 12 levels. 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 children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities in grades P-12, including children with high functioning autism.
Currently there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers in special education.
Degree in 3
Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the workforce or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. If you’re an accomplished, highly organized student interested in saving on tuition and moving on to a special education classroom of your own or to graduate school in just three years, this is the program for you.
Plan of Study
Related Career Interests
Careers in Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12
- Camp counselor
- Childcare worker
- Community services
- Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, education administrator, lawyer, school counselor)
Transfer to Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Contact InformationCollege of Education, Office of Advising and Recruiting