Follow your passion. Teach special need learners.
Earn your SPED license and advance in your instructional career.
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.