Graduate Certificate for Teacher License Addition in Exceptional Needs online

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Program Overview

Prepare to instruct special learners with an Indiana Graduate Certificate for Teacher License Addition in Exceptional Needs

$11,160* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
24 Credit Hours

Prepare to earn your Indiana Special Education certification through the online Graduate Certificate for Teacher License Addition in Exceptional Needs program. Taught by dedicated faculty, this licensure program builds on your knowledge and experience with coursework focused on the skills required to accommodate the exceptional needs of every student. You will have the opportunity to apply what you learn in practical, real-world settings to help you connect concepts with classroom experience. This program prepares you to sit for the content licensure test to teach special education in grades P-12, and it may qualify you for an additional license in P-12 Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits the Teacher Education Department at the University of Southern Indiana. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through content and pedagogy, clinical partnerships and practice, candidate recruitment, progression and support, program impact, and quality assurance and continuous improvement.

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$11,160* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
24 Credit Hours

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Our graduate certificate online programs are budget-friendly

USI is committed to providing an outstanding education that also is affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

Tuition Breakdown

$465* Per Credit Unit
$11,160* Total Tuition

For more information about tuition, fees and other costs, visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance page.

*Tuition applicable for current start dates and is subject to change. Any questions regarding tuition should be directed to the Bursar's Office. If you step out of the program, returning to the program may have different tuition and fees applied.

Application Fee

Application fee: $40

Active military service members and veterans receive an admission fee waiver. Simply apply online and select the "military waiver" option, then contact our office at 800-467-1965 so we may submit the proper forms to Graduate Studies.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by April 15th each year to be considered for state financial aid as well as federal financial aid. USI's Federal School Code is 001808. You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign your FASFA. If you do not have an FSA ID, you may create one at

Once you are admitted to the program and we receive your FAFSA, you can see the financial aid you qualify for and accept or decline your Direct Student Loan on your myUSI. For more information about tuition reimbursement or financial resources that may be available to you, visit our Student Financial Assistance page, access our Financial Aid FAQs, or contact us.

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Local Phone: 812-464-1767
Toll Free Phone: 800-467-1965
Fax: 812-461-5305

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuition Breakdown:

$465* Per Credit Hour
$11,160* Total Tuition


Make note of these dates and deadlines

Now is the time to start earning your graduate certificate online and take the fast track to a more successful career. USI provides you with the convenience of an accelerated application-to-start calendar.

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8/2/24 Next Application Due Date
8/19/24 Next Class Start Date
SessionCourse StartApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration Deadline
Fall I8/19/248/2/248/9/248/16/24
Fall II10/21/2410/4/2410/11/2410/18/24

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Check the requirements for this graduate certificate and licensure program

The University of Southern Indiana's online Graduate Certificate – Teacher License Addition in Exceptional Needs has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

  • Undergraduate Degree baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA GPA of 3.0
  • GMAT or GRE is not required

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree (minimum cumulative GPA 2.75) from a regionally-accredited institution
  • A valid Indiana teaching license

Program Requirements:

  • Maintain an average GPA of 2.75 or higher at USI
  • Earn a grade C or better in all required courses in the program

Note: At the conclusion of the program, appropriate content tests are required prior to applying for building-level administrator license.

Application Procedures:

  1. Submit an online application, $40 application fee, and a list of 3 references (names, relation to you and email address). One must be an employment supervisor and the other two must be professional references.
  2. Upload a current resume/curriculum vitae to your application account. The file should be a PDF and use the following naming convention: First Name Last Name MSE resume.pdf (example: Joe Smith MSE resume.pdf).
  3. Submit transcripts to Graduate Studies.
    • Official transcripts are required only from the institution at which your highest degree was earned. Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed from the previous institution to [email protected]
    • Unofficial transcripts from other institutions attended can be submitted via email by the applicant to [email protected]
    • Applicants who wish to seek transfer credit for graduate coursework must submit an official transcript from the institution where that work was completed.
    • Mailed transcripts can be sent to this address:
      Graduate Studies
      University of Southern Indiana
      8600 University Blvd.
      Evansville, IN 47712
  4. Read the full transcript policy by clicking here.
  5. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.


Delve into the curriculum of your online certificate program

To complete this Graduate Certificate for Teacher License Addition in Exceptional Needs, students must take 8 core courses to complete 24 credit hours.

Students must take all of the following courses

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine the legal foundations for the provision of special education services. An emphasis will be placed on examining the tenants of legislation pertaining to the education of students with exceptional needs and their implications for students and teachers. Individualized education plans will be explored in depth and developed.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses the needs of those with diverse social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Course content emphasizes the necessary skills to collaborate communicate, and coordinate with families, paraprofessionals, and other educational professionals to provide effective educational support and services to students with and without exceptionalities. An emphasis will be placed on the neuroeducation perspectives and collaborative relationships with various stakeholders involved in a student’s education, such as families, community partners, and school-based partners.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines how to establish a consistent, organized, and respectful learning environment for students with and without exceptionalities. Guidelines for providing positive and constructive feedback to guide students’ behavior and strategies for teaching appropriate social, emotional, and behavioral skills will be explored. Functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans will be studied and developed.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines teaching methods appropriate for students with exceptional needs within inclusive educational settings. Emphasis is placed on universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, adapting curriculum and learning tasks, scaffolded supports, cognitive and metacognitive strategies, and providing meaningful feedback.
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduces observation, instruction and evaluation skills in effective assessment and implementation of effective individualized education plans/programs for academic success.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines literacy-rich classroom environments including integration of writing in classrooms, diversity, and technology integration. Professional learning and leadership in reading will be explored.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explores the purpose(s) of assessment, selection of criteria, administration techniques, needs for accuracy in scoring, determination of validity of interpretation and application of data for instructional design and implementation. The development of assessment skills, awareness of legal and ethical issues, and collaboration will be emphasized.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching foundational reading skills including phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency. This includes teaching students with exceptionalities.

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