Educational Preparation/ Licensure Programs
Teacher Education is a professional program and those wishing to
enter the profession must be recommended for a license. Our
licensure programs are performance based and aligned to NCATE,
SPA and State standards including developmental and content
The College of Education at Butler has teaching majors in
Elementary Education and Middle/Secondary
Education. There is a general core of professional education
courses required for each license; however, specific requirements
vary depending on the grade level and subjects to be taught.
A student pursuing the Elementary Education major is encouraged
to pursue dual licensure in special education mild intervention.
Please see the information/instructions following on Dual
Licensure: Special Education Mild Intervention.
A student may also choose to pursue dual licensure as a reading
teacher. Please see the information/instructions on Dual Licensure:
Within Middle/Secondary Education there are content
choices. In addition, students may follow a track for K-12
licensure in Physical Education and Health, and Music Education.
For specific course requirements please see the curriculum
At the graduate level, the College of Education offers licenses
in School Counseling and Building Level Administrator. See the link
in graduate programs.
It is recommended that students work carefully with the academic
advisor in their program area. College of Liberal Arts and Science
students and Jordan College of Fine Arts students pursuing
licensure are encouraged to work closely with their own college
academic advisor in following their licensure program sheets and
plan. Students may also seek guidance from a dual advisor within
Licensure programs offered through the College of
- Elementary Education Major with Mild Intervention in Special
- Elementary Education Major with Reading
- Middle/Secondary Education content areas in:
- Biology (Life Sciences)
- Social Studies
- Physical Education and Health Education Major: All School
- Music Education Major: All School Settings
- Choral Music
- Instrumental Music
- Area Music
- School Counseling: All School Settings
- Educational Administration: Building Level Administrator - All
Dual Licensure: Special Education Mild Intervention
Butler COE provides opportunity for dual licensure in Elementary
Education by adding Mild Intervention (MI) in special education.
This licensure includes the previous categories of learning
disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, emotional
disabilities, autism spectrum disorder/Asperger syndrome, traumatic
brain injury, and other health impairments. Approximately 17
percent of all children attending school in Indiana are labeled
special needs. The majority are placed in general education
Near your time for signing up for student teaching, you will be
asked to make a very important decision whether you want to add MI
to your Early Childhood and Middle Childhood license or your
Elementary license. As you know, most general education classrooms
will have included children with labels that are covered in the MI
license. Principals will be looking for those with dual licensure
to teach in inclusive classrooms.
Your university supervisor will be evaluating how you have
included children with special needs through differentiated
instruction and assessment, individualized behavior management
techniques, assessment of academic and social emotional needs, and
targeted communication with parents and other stakeholders. There
will be on-campus seminars to learn all the documentation
requirements, with an emphasis on IEP and FBA paperwork.
Additionally, we will do team problem solving using a discussion
Internet board set up just for these practicum classes. State
standards and how to differentiate instruction and classroom
assessment will be a central focus of your work.
Dual Licensure: Reading Teacher
Butler COE provides opportunity for dual licensure in
Elementary Education by adding the reading teacher license. This
licensure at the Elementary level is a sequence of courses designed
to continue an undergraduate's study in the area of reading.