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If you’re working with infants or toddlers with special needs and seeking an original or addition to an existing teaching license, this program provides course work to meet the requirements for an add-on license in early childhood special education.

Pursuing this online add-on license also will also take you most of the way to the master of arts in special education since the seven required courses can be applied to the MA’s 30 credits.

Licensure Evaluation

If you wish to obtain a teaching license in early childhood, you are required to get a licensure evaluation from Ball State’s Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice before starting the program. The evaluation will provide you with a list of courses and exam requirements for an approved Indiana teaching license in early childhood.

Course Requirements

  • SPCE 612 Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPCE 613 Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: SPCE 612. Not open to students who have credit in SPCE 215.
  • SPCE 614 Developmental Methods for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: SPCE 613. Not open to students who have credit in SPCE 311.
  • SPCE 616 Developmental Methods for Preschool Children with Special Needs (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: SPCE 614. Not open to students who have credit in SPCE 312.
  • SPCE 617 Practicum: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Special Needs (1-12)
    Prerequisite: SPCE 612, 613, 614, 616; permission of the department chairperson. Not open to students who have credits in SPCE 417.
  • EDPS 627 Child Development (3 credits)
  • SPCE 677 Teaching Parents to Educate their Exceptional Child (3 credits)

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Academic Advisor

Contact your advisor, who can answer questions you have about our program.

Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition

Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.