Special Education: Dual Licensure, BA

A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for dual licensure in the areas of special education: mild intervention and elementary education, which enables them to serve children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities in preschool through grade 12. In addition, graduates are eligible to teach elementary general education students at the kindergarten through grade 6 levels and are considered highly qualified in both special education and elementary education.


About the Program

This dual program enables graduates to have teaching options in both general and special education classrooms – opening up more teaching opportunities.

During this program, you will learn to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), use assistive technology and develop instructional material and environmental modifications – all essential elements when teaching individuals with diverse needs.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, a special education graduate is qualified to teach elementary general education children and children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities in kindergarten through grade 12 in a public, private, or independent school. Purdue has interstate licensing agreements with the other 49 U.S. states which means graduates will be able to teach in Indiana and any other state in the country.

Plan of Study

To view a detailed Plan of Study for the BA in Special Education/Elementary Education Dual Licensure degree, please visit the Purdue University Course Catalog.

Transfer Information

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue’s overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.8


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