Master of Education in Special Education
Indiana Wesleyan University

Program Details

The online Master of Education degree with a concentration in Special Education program is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking initial licensure in special education for students with mild to moderate disabilities.  The curriculum aligns to the initial licensure standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children as well as state licensure requirements for Indiana.  Courses are designed to provide participants with methods and materials to serve students with exceptional needs through mild to moderate intervention.


This program requires students to complete clinical experiences across a variety of grade levels, settings, and disability types.

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed
  • Public school candidates need:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license
    • At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial P-12 school in the United States or abroad
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom
  • Candidates seeking acceptance into the M.Ed. with a major in Special Education program leading to Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention licensure in the state of Indiana must have successfully completed or obtained one of the following:
    • A current and valid Indiana elementary teaching license, or
    • A three-credit hour course in phonics (undergraduate or graduate level) with a minimum grade of C, or
    • A passing score on an Indiana CORE exam

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission