College of Education

Program Requirements:

Note: Schedules for courses are not finalized until one semester prior.

Summer I - 6 hours
ED 480  Foundations of Teaching Children with Differences
ED 583  Characteristics of Children Needing Mild Intervention
ED 492  Special Education Law

Summer II - 9 hours
ED 490  Assessment of Children with Special Needs
ED 491  Behavior Management for Inclusive Classrooms
Literacy Elective

Fall Semester- 9 hours
ED 479  Communication and Collaboration with Stakeholders in Special Education
ED 408  Foundations of Effective Reading
ED 584  Strategies for Teaching Children Needing Mild Intervention

Spring Semester -6 hours
ED 589  Intense Field Experience/Portfolio Development
ED 454  Assistive Technology

Total hours=30 hours

To search for when required classes are offered, please visit the course search .

If you have trouble finding a course or have questions about course schedule, please contact Registration and Records at (317)940-9203


Testing Requirements for Licensure P-12 Special Education

Sept 1, 2013--beginning this date, CASA is the approved basic skills assessment for candidates seeking admission to Indiana teacher preparation programs.  Praxis I tests taken on or after this date will not be honored for the purpose of admission in Indiana teacher preparation programs."  Information on CASA through Pearson can be found at

The following additional assessments/routes are acceptable to document basic skills competency at the time of admission to a teacher preparation program:

  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science;
  • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Math;
  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11;
  • GRE with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative after 8/1/11; or

Notes: ACT, SAT, and GRE scores do not include writing. Anyone with a Master's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution is exempt from this requirement.

CPR/Heimlich/Defibrillator Requirement

The State requires all students seeking a teaching license to provide evidence of completing a course in

CPR/Heimlich Maneuver before issuing an initial teaching license.
 Applicants who receive an "initial" teacher's license must have successfully completed training in:
1.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin;
2.  Moving a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway; and,
3. The Heimlich maneuver. 

Please be sure to visit an approved provider.

Suicide Prevention Training

Important Change Effective July 1, 2013

The following requirement does not apply to substitute teacher permit applicants or educational interpreter applications.

Effective July 1, 2013, the department may not issue an initial teaching license (includes instructional, student services and administrative licenses) at any grade level to an applicant for an initial teaching license unless the applicant shows evidence that the applicant has successfully completed education and training on the prevention of child suicide and the recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide. This requirement does not apply to a completed license application submitted and paid for in the LVIS online application system prior to July 1, 2013 even though the license may not be processed by licensing advisors or OELD staff until July 1, 2013 or after.


1.        Click here to view evidence-based suicide prevention training opportunities and resources on the         Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Division of Mental Health and Addiction website.
2.        Other information and training opportunities can be found at Learn IPFW.
3.        A free training (including certification) offered by the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide at SPTS.
4.        School Crisis Prevention -- DOE Website