Special Education

A bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in special education that prepare students for licensure at the preschool-12th grade levels in Indiana.

Coursework includes professional education courses along with Foundational Studies. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in another education content area in addition to special education to increase marketability after graduation (for example, elementary education, math education, or science education).

The Bayh College of Education offers many special features that make our programs among the best in the nation.

  • Students benefit from small classes taught by teacher-scholars who are recognized experts in their field.
  • Our home in University Hall features high-tech classrooms, a 475-seat auditorium, and comprehensive clinic.
  • Students participate in numerous semesters of field experiences, beginning with the first professional education course and continuing throughout the program. Field experiences include rural, suburban, and urban schools.
  • Professional development opportunities include experiences in the University's Early Childhood Education Center as well as the Professional Development Schools Program. Students also may volunteer with the Sycamore Readers Tutoring Program as well as other community agencies
  • A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in education. These include the Indiana Student Education Association, the Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
  • Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad opportunities - which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries. In addition, the Cultural Immersion Project enables student to participate in student teaching experiences in selected countries overseas or on a Navajo Reservation domestically.


The Special Education Program prepares students for licensure at the preschool-12th grade levels in Indiana.

Special Note: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for teachers over the next ten years will vary from good to excellent, depending on the locality, grade level, and subject taught. Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject should have a distinct advantage in finding a job.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Teacher Preparation Program at Indiana State University is recognized throughout Indiana—and the nation—for the quality of its graduates. The program was established in 1865, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Education Student Services
Bayh College of Education
Indiana State University
Phone: 812-237-3131
email: ISU-ess@indstate.edu