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Special Education Prep Program (SPED Prep)

Our non-degree, non-credit Special Education Prep Program (SPED Prep) is the first competency-based teaching career ladder licensure program in the state of Indiana. SPED Prep is an Indiana Department of Education-approved online curriculum for highly qualified educators, like teachers, instructional aides, and others, to learn outstanding behavioral, literacy, and numeracy intervention skills. Upon completion, students will be prepared for P-12 Exceptional Needs – Mild Interventions Teacher licensure for the state of Indiana.

Why should I choose SPED Prep?

Take advantage of our innovative teacher-training model. Enjoy the flexibility of completing the modules while maintaining your current position. The Fred S. Klipsch Educators College retains experts in the school as instructors to guide you through the program, so you’re prepared to successfully pass Indiana’s licensure requirements.

What does the curriculum look like?

As part of the curriculum, you will complete three online modules over 42 weeks and three phases of clinical field work. As you progress through the SPED Prep Program, you’re also required to pass the Indiana Core P-12 Educator Assessment, Indiana Core Exceptional Needs – Mild Intervention Assessment, and Indiana Core Exceptional Needs – Reading Assessments. And we’re here helping and supporting you along the way! 

What will I study?

Sample SPED Prep modules include the following:

  • Foundations of special education
  • Developmental theories
  • Culturally responsive practice
  • Literacy, such as the Orton-Gillingham Reading Intervention Program
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Student-centered practice – literacy/numeracy

When do classes start?

Semester Application DeadlineCourses Begin
Summer 2021April 1, 2021May 9, 2021
Fall 202​1 July 15, 202​1 August 2​3, 202​1
Summer 2022April 1, 2022May 9, 2022

How much does the SPED Prep Program cost?

Visit the Business Office "tuition rates for 2020-21" page for program cost.

Are there any eligibility requirements?

Yes, to be eligible, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Other eligibility requirements may apply to your individual situation.

How do I apply?

To apply, complete these steps:

  1. Apply online at applygrad.marian.eduby creating an applicant account.
  2. Complete the "Visiting Student – Klipsch Educators College" application for Spring 2020. You can find the application in the “non-degree courses” section at the bottom of the list of programs.
  3. Complete a national full criminal history background check through the Indiana State Police. No other background checks will be accepted.
  4. Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary schools that you attended. To be official transcripts, they must be sent from the institution to Marian University at GRadmissions@marian.edu.

Learn more about our Special Education Prep Program!

Marian University’s SPED Prep licensure program provides an online pathway for teachers, instructional aides, and others to gain P-12 Exceptional Needs – Mild Interventions Teacher licensure. If you have a bachelor's degree and want to become a special education teacher in the State of Indiana, request more information or contact Cindy Farren, program director, at cfarren@marian.edu.

For ​application information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6​400

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