Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Special Education, Certificate (Post-baccalaureate) in Mild Intervention

Program: Post-baccalaureate Certification
School of Education   

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-6861

Student Learning Outcomes:

This 18 credit hour post-baccalaureate certification program will allow the teacher candidate to obtain an Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention teaching license. Teacher candidates are eligible to complete the coursework if they hold a current teaching license.  Upon completion of this degree, students will:

  • Engage in professional learning and practice within ethical standards.
  • Address students’ individual developmental needs through effective specialized instruction and appropriate environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make decisions based on assessment data for social, emotional, and cognitive development of individual students.
  • Collaborate with families and professionals. 

This program qualifies a teacher to teach students as having Mild Intellectual Impairment, Moderate Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Emotional Disabilities.  Completers of this program will become eligible for Indiana Certification in Mild Intervention. 

Certification (Mild Intervention) :

12 of the 18 credit hours in this program may be applicable toward a master’s degree in Special Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. 

Teacher candidates will be eligible to apply for an Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention license in P-12 (if appropriate experience).


  • The Special Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a Mild Intervention teaching license in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Teacher candidates wishing to add a Mild Intervention teaching license to their license must complete all courses above and pass the Praxis Exam. Please contact the program director or your academic advisor for specific details.

  • Exceptional Needs Mild Intervention (Code 5543) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications  

    Website for testing Praxis: Indiana - Educational Testing Service  


To earn a cerification in special education, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College.

Admission Requirement:  Please note: Admission to the Purdue Fort Wayne Special Education post-baccalaureate certificate program requires an official transcript reflecting 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 Grade Point Average Scale.

Retention: You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (4.0=A) or better for all work (including undergraduate courses) taken after completing your bachelor’s degree. If your GPA falls below 3.0, you must raise the GPA to at least 3.0 within the next six (6) credits of graduate course work. Failure to do so will result in your dismissal from the program.

Time Limit: You must fulfill all degree requirements within six years and one semester from the date on which you receive a grade for the first credits (including transfer credits) that apply to your degree.  

Graduation Requirements: You must have satisfied any conditions on your admission to the graduate education program before you will be considered as a candidate for graduation. In addition, you must have: (1) earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in courses applicable to the degree, and (2) fulfilled all additional degree requirements and complied with all academic regulations

Gainful Employment Disclosure: Information regarding Consumer Information for this program can be found under the Student Information heading at: Consumer Information - Purdue Fort Wayne (

Program Requirements

Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.

Total (18 Credits)

Student Responsibility

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study.    All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.