Graduate with the skills needed to successfully serve students with special needs in a variety of settings. Our programs in the Department of Special Education will prepare you for a career as a special education teacher, administrator, ABA therapist, curriculum developer, or researcher. As one of our students, you will benefit from our comprehensive programs, which are fully accredited and nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. You will also apply your academic knowledge to the real world through numerous practical field experiences.

Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor's
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Mild Interventions

ON CAMPUS

Our bachelor’s degree in special education (mild interventions) leads to K-12 licensure to teach students with mild disabilities, including specific learning disabilities, mild developmental disorders, and mild behavior disorders. Learn more.

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Intense Interventions

ON CAMPUS

The bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Needs: Intense Intervention prepares future teachers to serve students with moderate to profound disabilities. This program results in K-12 licensure for Intense Interventions as well as K-6 licensure for Mild Interventions. Learn more.

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Hearing Impaired/Deaf

ON CAMPUS

The bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Needs: Deaf and Hard of Hearing prepares future teachers to serve students with various levels of hearing impairment across a variety of settings. Learn more.

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Early Childhood Special Education

ON CAMPUS

Ball State’s major in early childhood special education prepares you for a fulfilling career working with infants and toddlers with exceptional needs. Learn more.

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Applied Behavior Analysis

ONLINE OR BLENDED

As a graduate of Ball State’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorder, you will help children and adults to address socially significant behaviors such as academic skills, social skills, or adaptive skills, to name a few. Learn more: online option | blended option.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an Emphasis in Autism

ONLINE

A master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism will set you ahead in a field that already has extremely high demand for specialized teachers, psychologists, therapists, and other human service professionals. Learn more.

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Special Education

ONLINE OR BLENDED

The master’s degree in special education is designed to be tailored to the specific needs of each candidate. The master’s degree can be combined with any of the graduate certificates and graduate licenses. Learn more.

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EdD with an Emphasis on Special Education

BLENDED, OR MOSTLY ONLINE

If you are interested in pursuing a leadership role in special education, then Ball State’s doctorate of education is right for you. Learn more.

Undergraduate Certificate in Behavioral Studies

Ball State’s undergraduate certificate in behavioral studies provides individuals with verified course content in applied behavior analysis.

Online

Applied Behavior Analysis

Online

Increase your understanding of core concepts and strategies used to treat various kinds of behavior issues with our all-online graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis. The certificate is an important step toward becoming a board-certified behavior analyst. You may also earn credits toward our master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis or special education. Learn more.

Autism

Online

You will be prepared to provide intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum. Our graduate certificate in autism, offered completely online, will also allow you to earn credits toward our master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis and special education. Learn more.

Response to Intervention

Online

Learn how to provide early, effective assistance to children who have difficulty learning, ultimately increasing their chances of success. Our all-online certificate in response to intervention will also let you apply credits you earn toward our master of arts in special education. Learn more.

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Online

People who work in education, psychology, criminal justice, social work, speech/language, and related fields will find our certificate in emotional and behavior disorders invaluable in meeting the growing demand for professionals with this expertise. The credits you earn through this all-online program will also apply toward our master of arts in special education. Learn more.

Graduate Certificate in Disabilities for Post-Secondary Settings

Online

For teachers and administrative staff in a college or post-secondary setting, our all-online graduate certificate in disabilities for post-secondary settings with an emphasis in autism will help you develop, implement, and evaluate needs and services for your students. Learn more

Director of Exceptional Needs

Online

For anyone with or working on a master’s degree, our license for a director of exceptional needs prepares you to handle the administration, finances, and legal needs of special education programs. This program, offered entirely online, leads to Indiana licensure (residents of other states should discuss this program with their boards of education before beginning this program). Learn more.

Deaf Education

Online

You will be prepared to work with students with hearing impairments through our all-online license in deaf education program. You will need a licensure evaluation from Ball State before starting the program. Learn more.

Early Childhood Special Education

Online

Our license in early childhood special education program focuses on teaching infants and toddlers who require mild to intense interventions. You will need a licensure evaluation from Ball State before starting the program. Learn more.

Mild Interventions

Online

A license in Exceptional Needs--mild interventions K-12, can be added to an existing teaching license, Course content and field experiences in our all-online mild interventions licensing program focus on specific learning disabilities, mild developmental disorders, and mild behavior issues. Learn more.

Intense Interventions

Online

This online program offers those with an existing teaching license the opportunity to add the Indiana license for Exceptional Needs – Intense Interventions K-12. Courses focus on knowledge and skills necessary to successfully support the learning needs of students with moderate to profound intellectual impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, and other disability categories. Learn more.

Other Licenses and Certifications

Our Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practices offers other training and certification programs that are often requirements for educators.

Applied Behavior Analysis

ONLINE

Ball State’s minor in applied behavior analysis equips you to work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders, or cognitive disabilities. Learn more.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

ONLINE

Whether you plan to work in special education, education, nursing, psychology, speech/language pathology, or social work, this minor will prepare you to use autism theories, techniques, and treatments in your career setting. Learn more.

Early Childhood Special Education

ON CAMPUS

With a minor in early childhood special education from Ball State, you’ll graduate equipped to serve infants and toddlers who require mild interventions. Learn more.

Hearing Impaired

On Campus

Ball State’s minor in special education for the hearing impaired prepares you to teach students with various levels of hearing impairment. Learn more.