Online Special Education Licensure Only Programs
Purdue University West Lafayette (Main Campus)
Gain the Licensure You Need for New Career Advancement Opportunities
Gain advanced teaching and intervention skills in your chosen area of special education and take the next steps in your career with one of Purdue University's online licensure programs. Choose from five fully online, career-focused licensure programs and open the door to professional advancement opportunities today.
Online Licensure Only Programs
Initial Licensure - Mild
Initial Licensure – Mild and Intense
Additional Licensure - Mild
Additional Licensure - Mild and Intense
Additional Licensure - Intense
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Blended and Online Teaching
Purdue's online non-intense intervention special education programs provide the requirements to earn an Indiana licensure in Blended and Online Teaching. The online Blended and Online Teaching licensure prepares teachers for online and blended classrooms, though it is not a stand-alone content area or exclusive to a specific age group.
Utilizing Blended and Online Teaching standards along with International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, these programs develop specific competencies that students will master upon completing their programs. Additional courses or field experiences are not required beyond those in their current plan of study, but rather these experiences will be modified to emphasize diverse learning environments.
Complete Your edTPA Requirements
Online special education programs from Purdue incorporate the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) measures. By choosing one of these programs, you'll graduate ready for this multi-measure assessment that requires new teachers to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach according to state and national standards – including Common Core State Standards and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).
Mentor & Induction Program
Designed to help you connect special education content from course to course and integrate technology tools in the classroom, Purdue's Mentor and Induction Program offers a series of seminars that provide networking opportunities with alumni, guest speakers from the field, faculty members, and course instructors and university supervisors.
As you complete your program online, our Induction Seminars will provide you with the support you need as you move into your full-time role and responsibilities in special education. Purdue is committed to providing alumni with a supportive community to keep you motivated and encouraged as you advance your career.
Purdue’s special education online degree program is designed to give you the skills and training needed for licensure in the state of Indiana. The State of Indiana has a compact agreement with most states, meaning a student with a valid Indiana teaching license can obtain a license in another state. Specific coursework, testing, or grade point averages may be required.
For current information regarding out-of-state licensing, please visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) website.
To learn more about each state’s requirements for licensing, please contact the Department of Education in your desired state or visit the United States Department of Education website for license requirements and application procedures.
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View additional information regarding accreditation, standards, and program recognition.
Admissions decisions are based on individual experience and the applicant’s fit with the program.
To be considered for admission, students must complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor and submit a completed application as well as the following items:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- An updated resume
- (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
- A 500-word (minimum) personal statement
- Official transcripts from all universities attended, including transfer credits
- An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)
In addition to the admission requirements noted on the first tab, international students must also provide the following information.
- Official transcripts from all universities attended in the original language as well as English translation for transcripts and diplomas not in English.
- Non-native English speakers must also submit the following.
- TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
- Minimum Overall: 80
- Writing: 18
- Speaking: 18
- Listening: 14
- Reading: 19
- IELTS test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
- Minimum Overall: 6.5
- Writing: 6.5
- Speaking: 6.0
- Listening: 6.0
- Reading: 5.5
- TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
How to Apply
Prior to starting your online application, you must first complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor. To schedule your phone interview, call 877-497-5851.
Once you have completed your phone interview, you are ready to complete the online application.
What’s It Like to Learn Online?
Will my diploma look different from the on-campus programs?
No. Both on-campus and online programs earn the same diploma. Online students are also invited to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus upon program completion.
How do online classes work?
Most coursework is asynchronous, meaning that there are not specific times that you need to be online. When you start the program, you will be given access to a virtual classroom interface. Your instructor will post coursework, syllabi, assignments, and messages every week. You will also use discussion boards, e-mail, and chat to communicate with your classmates and your instructor. You can log on and do your coursework at any time that is convenient for you, but you must turn in your assignments by the deadlines your instructor sets.
How much time should I allow for doing homework and completing assignments?
As in an on-campus program, you should plan on devoting about 15 to 20 hours a week to coursework, depending on your study habits.
What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?
The faculty and staff at Purdue are dedicated to your success at the University and in the future. Your instructor will set weekly times for one-on-one electronic consultations and will answer emails in a timely fashion. Technical support is available to help you handle hardware and software issues, and we have dedicated staff available to talk to you about financial aid, scheduling, or any other administrative issues.
Tuition and Fees* for Special Education Licensure Programs
|Additional Licensure — Mild||Additional Licensure — Mild and Intense||Additional Licensure — Intense||Initial Licensure — Mild||Initial Licensure — Mild and Intense|
|Tuition Rate — In State (per credit hour)||$381.20||$381.20||$381.20||$381.20||$381.20|
|Tuition Rate — Out of State (per credit hour)
|PO Infrastructure Fee (per credit hour)||$18.80||$18.80||$18.80||$18.80||$18.80|
|Digital Education Fee (per credit hour)||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00|
|Total Cost Per Credit Hour — In State||$450.00||$450.00||$450.00||$450.00||$450.00|
|Total Cost Per Credit Hour — Out of State||$700.00||$700.00||$700.00||$700.00||$700.00|
|Total Credit Hours||29||41||14
|Subtotal Cost Per Credit Hour — In State||$13,050.00||$18,450.00||$6,300.00||$14,850.00||$20,250.00|
|Subtotal Cost Per Credit Hour — Out of State||$20,300.00||$28,700.00||$9,800.00||$23,100.00||$31,500.00|
|Practicum Fee I||$1,050.00||$1,050.00||$1,050.00||$1,050.00||$1,050.00|
|Practicum Fee II||N/A||$1,050.00||N/A||N/A||$1,050.00|
|Student Teaching Fee||N/A||N/A||N/A||$1,250.00||$1,250.00|
|EDPS 52400 Course Fee||$495.00||$495.00||$495.00||$495.00||$495.00|
|Total Program Cost — In State||$14,595.00||$21,045.00||$7,845.00||$17,945.00||$24,395.00|
|Total Program Cost — Out of State||$21,845.00||$31,295.00||$11,345.00||$26,195.00||$35,645.00|
*Additional program costs related to licensure, testing, course materials and books may apply depending on program track. Estimated additional costs over the course of the whole program ranges from $500-$2200 depending on the track and preference of book format, paper (higher end) or electronic (lower end). Tuition and fees are charged on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increases. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2021-2022 school year. Although Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to the online Special Education program, special rates are available for Purdue West Lafayette faculty, staff and alumni. Please discuss your options with an admissions advisor.
Purdue University also offers an online master's degree program that offers options for licensure. Learn more about this program here. If you would like to advance your teaching career and gain the skills necessary to become an effective special educator, discover the possibilities of distance learning through Purdue University online.