College of Education

Alternative Licensure


The Alternative Special Education Licensure program is an intensive 30-hour program for working adults with non-education degrees and the desire to teach students in special education.  Completion of the program will result in a license in Mild Intervention for grades P-12.  Students will have field experience with every course.  The program features small student cohorts (avg. 10) and active faculty mentoring.

  • This challenging, non-degree program may be completed in one year while working full time.
  • The program is an effective career-transition path for individuals who are now:
  • Instructional aides and assistants
  • Job coaches
  • Seeking a second career and who want to work in special education

There is a nationwide shortage of qualified special educators. Currently, 33,000 special education positions
are filled by uncertified teachers, and 4,000 positions remain vacant. (National Education Association)
The Department of Labor projects that the number of special education teachers in the United States will
increase by 81,900 (17 percent) from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010)

If you are serious about beginning or advancing a career in special education, find out what Butler University
can offer. Please visit the Program Requirements page for more information.


For questions, please contact Theresa Knipstein Meyer at or (317) 940-8493.

All applicants must have already passed CASA. Visit for more information.