Purdue University Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the focus of this program?
This program centers on mild intervention, high incidence disabilities such as learning disabilities, mild intellectual disability, emotional/behavior disability, and high functioning autism. While this program offers elective courses in severe methods and medical and physical management of disabilities, the intense intervention (low incidence) license is not currently an option.

Will I be licensed to teach upon completion of this program?
This program is designed to prepare students for Indiana licensure. Indiana has reciprocity with 42 states. This means that 42 other states accept the Indiana qualifications and experience in the certification or licensure process. Please note that the list is subject to change, for an up to date list of states that have reciprocity with Indiana, please click here for more information.

Students seeking licensure or certification outside of Indiana will need to work with those states for licensing requirements. Each state is different and may have different requirements, even with reciprocity. Purdue can complete an out of state form indicating program completion. The Purdue verification of program completion is one part of the license application process in other states.

Students can seek reciprocity licensure in Indiana. The IDOE would add it to the reciprocal license.

Do I have to be in Indiana to complete the practicum and student teaching requirements?
No, the practicum and student teaching requirements can be completed in another state and supervised electronically.

If I have specific questions is there someone available to assist who fully understands the Indiana licensure process?
Yes, Purdue offers licensing advisors who can assist you with specific licensure questions for Indiana licensure.

Office of Professional Preparation & Licensure
Purdue University College of Education
Main Office: (765) 494-2345
Fax: (765) 494-0587
Email: licensure@purdue.edu

Individuals who seek licensure in other states will need to work with their state department of education to determine and fulfill its specific licensing requirements.

I am not interested in licensure, what are my options?
Individuals who do not want or need licensure can choose the non-licensure track program and complete an additional elective in place of the practicum and/or student teaching.

How long is the practicum?
The practicum is seven to eight weeks and fits into the normal program calendar.

How long is the student teaching experience and how does it affect graduation?
The student teaching experience is 16 weeks and must be completed AFTER successful completion of all course work and the practicum. The student teaching experience will extend the program by one semester.

Do I need to pass a background check to complete this program?
Individuals seeking licensure must be able to pass a background check in order to complete the practicum and/or student teaching. Every individual must have a valid, current criminal background check on file with certifiedbackground.com throughout his/her enrollment in the program.

What other requirements need to be met to obtain licensure?
Students must complete a Professionalism Agreement, present a valid and current criminal background check, a current CPR-Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification and complete a suicide prevention training requirement (available through Purdue at no charge while enrolled; if not completed while enrolled, there is a fee).

In addition, students must have already completed a Basic Skills Competency Assessment option (CASA, SAT, ACT or GRE), content tests and a pedagogy test.

If you have already completed a Basic Skills Competency Assessment option, official score reports must be sent directly to Purdue from the testing company. There are no time limitations as to when tests were previously taken. (Please note that the CASA test must be specific to Indiana.)

Please visit the Indiana Department of Education website for a more information or the department of education in the state you are seeking licensure.

I am not a United States citizen, can I complete this program?
Citizenship is not required; however, an oath (speaking to the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Indiana) is required and applicants must have a social security number to obtain the “regular” license. Without a social security number, the Indiana Department of Education can only issue a visiting teacher permit.

Do licensing requirements ever change?
Yes, licensing requirements can change. For the most up to date information regarding licensure please visit the Indiana Department of Education’s website directly or contact one of our licensure advisors.

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