Teacher candidates at Anderson University can pursue a K-12 Indiana license in Exceptional Needs: Mild Interventions as part of their elementary or secondary education program. The mild interventions program is guided by Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Preparation Standards, the CEC Individualized General Curriculum Specialty Skill Set, and InTASC Standards. The program consists of fifteen hours of exceptional needs coursework, practicums that increase in duration and intensity, and student teaching in a special education setting.
The School of Education faculty is committed to a strong liberal arts education in accordance with the mission of Anderson University, as well as preparing candidates of quality within our conceptual framework consisting of: Character, Commitment, and Competence. The competence of candidates who graduate from this university and enter the professional teaching world must be proficient or distinguished at every level in order for them to be rated as effective or highly effective within educator evaluation models. Even the most competent candidates in their content areas and pedagogy are not considered to be adequate to enter the classroom unless they display dispositional traits that reflect character that is above reproach. With competence and character in place, there is an expectation of commitment to the work of serving students locally and globally that deserve to have teachers who remain steadfast in their passion for lifelong learning and improving the lives of the student they teach.