Follow your passion. Teach special need learners.

Earn your SPED license and advance in your instructional career.


Take advantage of the Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure (I-SEAL) program to fund this special education licensure program!

Demand for special education teachers is expected to rise steadily through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the online Special Education Licensure program at Bethel University, you’ll be able to do more for your students, increase your earning potential, and meet the needs of a growing workplace.

Designed for working teachers who wish to earn their SPED license, the Special Education Licensure program prepares you to teach students with mild disabilities. A state-of-the-art curriculum trains you in areas crucial to the field, such as ethics and professional values, social and environmental interaction, instructional planning, evidence-based practice, intervention, and more. In addition, you’ll also be required to complete a two-semester internship. Working in two out of three academic levels (elementary, middle, or high school), you’ll gain a broad, hands-on learning experience that prepares you to directly begin applying what you’ve learned.

Upon completion of our online special education certification, you’ll be prepared to take the following Indiana Content Area Assessment Tests:

  • Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention (025)
  • Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction (064)

The passing of these tests will allow you to obtain your licensure.

Because our program is offered fully online, it is well suited to the needs of working adults. A flexible format allows you to attend class at a time that’s right for you. We offer courses in an accelerated seven-week format, with six session start dates per year. This means taking only one course per session, you’ll be able to complete your academic requirements in as little as twelve months.

* Transfer graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.


Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. The Education Department is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Obtaining a License in Another State

The State of Indiana has a compact agreement with most states. That means that if you hold a valid Indiana license, it should be relatively easy to obtain a license in most states. It is important to obtain your Indiana license first. Other states may have different requirements than Indiana regarding coursework, testing or GPA.

To obtain information for out-of-state licensing, please contact the Department of Education within the state you are seeking licensure. Please visit the United States Department of Education website and select the particular state of interest for license requirements and application procedures.

For current information regarding out-of-state licensing, please visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) website.

Have questions? Please contact the Bethel University Education Department, Licensing Advisor.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 08/25/2024
Credit Hours: 18
Cost/Credit: 480
Transfer Credits: 0
Est. Completion Time: 8-12 Monts
Accreditation: NCATE/CAEP

Course Requirements

Bethel’s special education licensure online program features a relevant curriculum that successfully trains you to excel in your field. The program consists of a total of 18 credit hours. These consist both of in-classroom training and a three-credit relevant internship.

  • Program Courses (15 Credits)

    • SPED 505: Foundations, Theories, Laws, Professional Values, Ethics (3)
    • SPED 515: Social, Behavioral, & Environmental Interaction (3)
    • SPED 520: Instructional Planning & Delivery: Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • SPED 530: Reading & Writing Difficulties: Assessment & Intervention (3)
    • SPED 535: Communication, Technology, and Mentorship (3)


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Admission Requirements

Candidates for Bethel’s special education licensure online program will need to submit the following:
  • Online graduate application
  • Official transcripts
  • A 300-word (or more) autobiography, including the candidate’s recent work in education, reason for seeking entry into the program, and significant events in his or her career. Candidates should define their character in terms of basic values, commitment to graduate studies, their philosophy and their worldview.
  • An updated resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation. Forms are sent electronically for candidates to share.
  • A current Indiana teaching license.**

Candidates must also schedule an interview prior to admission.

** If a candidate’s license has expired, he or she may renew through the course of study.

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. Depending on transfer credits, the number of semesters required for completion will affect total cost.

*Transferring any graduate-level credits must be petitioned with the department for approval.

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Payment Plan

Bethel University has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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Career Outcomes

Those who obtain an online special education certification benefit from a wide array of career opportunities, such as the ones below. Career information taken from

  • Director of Special Education

    Directors of special education work to ensure the overall success of students enrolled in programs. Often overseeing these programs at a district level, these professionals may help school leaders implement special education programs, supervise the hiring of specialist staff, manage budgets, develop and enforce related policies, and other relevant tasks. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $74,060.

  • Middle School Special Education Teacher

    Middle school special education teachers educate students in sixth through eighth grade who have disabilities. These professionals design and implement curricula tailored to students’ unique needs, closely monitor and communicate with parents regarding students’ progress, and prepare students to enter higher levels of education. Those who work in this field earn a median annual salary of $47,932.

  • Elementary School Special Education Teacher

    Elementary school special education teachers educate younger students who have disabilities. They may be responsible for evaluating student needs, planning and implementing unique curricula, working with parents to ensure students receive adequate support at home, physically assisting students, and related duties. These individuals earn a median annual salary of $45,543.

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