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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?

    You will complete online modules and clinical field work over the course of 42 weeks. 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?

      SemesterApplication DeadlineFile Deadline
      Courses Begin
      Spring 2022December 1, 2021December 10, 2021January 10, 2022
      Fall 2022July 15, 2022August 1, 2022August 22, 2022

      How much does the SPED Prep Program cost?

      Visit the Business Office "tuition rates" 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?

      1. Create your account through the application portal.
      2. Enter your Contact Information
      3. Under "Enrollment Information" choose the following:
        • Choose Graduate Certificate – SPED Prep in the “I intend to enroll as a ___ student” field.
        • Choose Spring or Fall for the "I plan to start classes" field.
      4. Click “Proceed to Step 2.”
      5. Verify the program selection and then click “Next” to access the application.
      6. Complete and submit the application.

        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 Jacob Tandy, Ph.D., program director, at

        SPED Prep is approved as a Transition to Teaching licensing program for Mild Interventions.

        For ​application information

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

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