The Professional Studies Special Education Program at IPFW provides opportunities to obtain a license in Mild Intervention and an Intense Intervention (in collaboration with IU South Bend).
The Special Education Certification Program in Mild Intervention at IPFW is a teacher preparation program for those professional wanting to educate students with Mild Disabilities. IPFW teacher candidates, who complete the program, are eligible to apply for the Mild Intervention License through the State of Indiana which includes Learning Disabilities, Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional Disorders.
This special education program includes coursework dealing with characteristics of students with mild disabilities. Additionally, the coursework addresses current best practices of cognitive and behavioral methodologies in the inclusive classroom, as well as differentiated instruction in the general education classroom. The coursework is balanced by courses in consultation & collaboration, transitions, standardized assessment, behavior management, and inclusion.
There are three options to obtain Mild Intervention License:
To learn more about the specific area that meets your needs, click on the Program Options tab above.
The Intense Intervention Licensure Program is a 12-credit hour graduate program offered in collaboration with IU South Bend. This Intense Intervention Licensure Program allows the teacher to work with students with moderate, multiple, and severe disabilities.
For more information about the Intense Intervention Program click on the Program Options tab above.
Teacher candidates are admitted under newly adopted rules established by the Indiana Professional Standards Board (the agency that governs teacher education in the state of Indiana). These rules are referred to as Rules 2002. In order for a teacher candidate to receive the Mild Intervention Certification, he or she must hold a current general education license.
The Mild Intervention license will be limited to the coverage (grade level) of the individual’s current license. That is, if a teacher enters the program with certification in elementary education, the license the teacher receives in Mild Intervention is limited to teaching at the elementary level. This will ensure the individual meets the “Highly Qualified” definition as set out in “No Child Left Behind”. However, the “Highly Qualified” status for secondary candidates will be determined by current licensed content areas (i.e., Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) or by the teacher candidate school corporation. In order to extend the coverage of their special education license (i.e., beyond the elementary or secondary level) additional coursework and/or practicum would be required.
Upon completion of all degree and course requirements including the Praxis II test in Special Education, the candidate may apply to the state for the Mild Intervention License. Information about the new state licensing framework and standards for educational professionals may be found on the web site of the Indiana Professional Standards Board (http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing//).
All teacher candidates who want to apply for a Mild Intervention License must take and pass the PRAXIS II Mild Intervention: Special Education Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications. In addition, all teacher candidates in our undergraduate mild intervention certification program, graduate mild intervention certification program, or masters program in special education will be required to pass the PRAXIS II Special Education Test.
The information that you will need is as follows:
IPFW Code: R1366
Name of Test - Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications.
Test Code - #0543
Passing Score - 158
ETS Website: http://www.ets.org/praxis
Test at a glance: http://www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/0543.pdf
Preparation material: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/0543
Dr. Jane Leatherman
Director, Special Education