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Education - Special Education, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The special education program is designed to prepare teacher education candidates to work with students with special needs who participate in the general education setting and/or special education setting. The program emphasizes the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required of special education teachers, and incorporates the performance standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Elementary education and secondary education teacher candidates can simultaneously work toward special education licensure in developmental levels (K-6; 5-12 grades) by completing a series of courses in mild interventions.

The special education degree program has several distinct elements:

  • A recommended sequence of general-education courses
  • A professional education component
  • Student teaching and other practicum experiences
  • A concentration component

Special education teacher candidates who complete the mild interventions license should be well prepared to work with a variety of students with special needs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Special Education Concentration

Under REPA guidelines, special education candidates are expected to complete courses leading to a concentration. Currently, candidates can complete a concentration in Pre-School Education, History, Math Education, English, and Psychology. Check with the Office of Education Student Services for further information.

Pearson CASA Core Content Exams :: Special Education Exceptional Needs

Special education students will be required to take the state approved examination. See your advisor before registering for a PRAXIS or Pearson examination.

Indiana License Types and Coverage

IU South Bend’s Teacher Education Program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels was developed to meet the license framework adopted by the state. The new framework established requirements not in terms of courses to be taken, but rather in terms of the standards that degree program graduates are expected to meet. The license framework addresses the principles set forth by the accrediting bodies for each degree program, and includes both content standards for different subjects and teaching areas, and developmental standards associated with particular educational grade levels;

  • Preschool (P)
  • Preschool-12 grade (P-12)
  • Kindergarten-6 grade (K-6)
  • 5-12 grades

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Application checklist for National students:

  • Complete the Application for Admission & Pay the Application Fee ($35) 
  • Submit Your Credentials  (high school transcript /GED/high school equivalency diploma and exam scores, and any college transcripts)  
  • Submit Your SAT or ACT Scores 
  • Receive Notice of Admission Decision

Application checklist for International students:

  • Online Application 
  • Application Fee ($65)
  • Official Academic Records
  • English Language Proficiency Documentation
  • Statement of Purpose (optional)
  • Immigration Documentation (non-US citizens only; not required for an admission decision)
  • Documentation of Financial Support (those seeking F-1 status only; not required for an admissions decision)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9215 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9215 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    3300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3300 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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