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S chool of E ducation Group Advising. Preparing for Application. Program Completion Information. Elementary. Special Education. 124 credits 2.5 overall GPA 48 credits General Education 76 credits Education courses 4 Blocks, plus 1 summer/some evenings. 130 credits 2.5 overall GPA

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S chool of e ducation group advising

School of Education Group Advising

Preparing for


Program completion information
Program Completion Information


Special Education

124 credits

2.5 overall GPA

48 credits

General Education

76 credits

Education courses

4 Blocks, plus 1 summer/some evenings

  • 130 credits

  • 2.5 overall GPA

  • 67 credits

    General Education

  • 63 credits

    Education courses

  • 4 Blocks

Understanding the application process
Understanding the Application Process

  • Application deadline for students starting Block 1 in Fall is February 15.

  • Application deadline for Spring

    is October 15.

  • 50 seats available: first come-first served.

Application criteria
Application Criteria

  • 55 semester hours, including current semester, towards General Ed. requirements. (no developmental courses)

  • EDUC-F200, SPCH-S121, ENG-W131, MATH-T101, all completed with a “C” or better.

  • Completed, or be enrolled in, all Language Arts content courses.

  • Overall GPA of at least 2.50 (no rounding up)

  • “C” or better in all Language Arts and Math content courses.

  • Passing score on Praxis 1 tests or alternatives.


Application criteria1
Application Criteria

Successful completion of ONE course from theSocial Studies

Content Block (“D-” or better)


  • ECON-E100, E150, or E101 (Economics)

  • GEOG-G201 (World Regional Geography)

  • SOC-R220 (The Family)

  • HIST-H105 or H106 (American History I or II)

  • POLS-Y103 (Introduction to American Politics)

  • HIST-H101 (World in the 20th Century)

    Special Education:

  • POLS-Y103, Y107, Y109 (Political Science)

  • HIST-H105, H106 (American History) or GEOG-G110 (Human Geography)

  • SOC-S163 (Social Problems) or GEOG-G201 (World Regional Geography)

Application criteria2
Application Criteria

Successful completion of ONE course from the Science Content Block

(“D-” or better.)


  • BIOL-L100 (Humans & the Biological World)

  • CHEM-C104 (Physical Science & Society)

  • GEOG-G107 (Physical Systems of the Environment)

    Special Education:

  • BIOL-L100 (Humans & the Biological World)

  • CHEM-C104 (Physical Science & Society) or

    CHEM-C101 (Elementary Chemistry I)

    NOTE: To complete program, one science course must include a lab; not needed to apply.

Praxis 1 alternative scores
Praxis 1 Alternative Scores

  • Praxis 1 composite (sum), at least527

  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science

  • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal (“Critical Reading”) and” Math”; NOT “Writing” or sub-tests

  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative

  • Anyone with a Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution is exempt.

Gpa and praxis 1 scores
GPA and PRAXIS 1 Scores

Elementary and Special Education

IUS GPA of at least a 2.5

Must have passed the Praxis I or Alternatives

Math 175

Reading 176

Writing 172

Taking the praxis 1
Taking the Praxis 1

  • Paper and Pencil Tests

    - Offered at IUS

    - Scores available within 6 weeks

  • Computer-based Tests

    • Prometric Testing Center, Louisville (423-0478)

    • University of Louisville (852-6607)

  • Writing scores available in approximately 2 weeks.

  • Praxis can be taken once each calendar month, no more than six times during any one calendar year.

  • Praxis Scores are available on-line for about two months, so be sure to save as a PDF—costs $40+ for another report!

  • Studying for the praxis
    Studying for the Praxis

    • Check out this website:


      - Prepare for a Test

      - Tests at a Glance

      • What to expect on the day of your

        test (video)

        - Registration online


    Studying for the praxis1
    Studying for the Praxis

    • Praxis Registration Information brochures are available on the wall outside the Student Development Center.

    • Preparation materials for Praxis are available from ETS (some for sale) and in the Library.

    • SOE offers a test preparation course:

      • Contact Neil Brewer at nhbrewer@ius.edu or call (812) 941-2135for information.

    What does it mean getting into blocks
    What does it mean…Getting into Blocks?

    You won’t be taking any other general education courses while in blocks.

    • Block 1 – Child as Learner

    • Block 2 – The Literate Child

    • Block 3– Integration across the Curriculum

    • Block 4– Teaching in an Era of Accountability

    • Special Education students will take 1 summer block and some evening classes.

    Field experience
    Field Experience

    • ALLblocks include field experiences

      at specific schools both in

      Indiana and Kentucky.

    • It is MANDATORY for students to

      be available Monday through Friday

      from 8:00 – 4:00! (Practica schedules will be set early in each semester.)

    What else
    What else…?

    • Continue taking courses that are requirements for your degree! Aim to finish Gen.Ed prior to Block 1.

    • Make an effort to take ENG-W 250 (W 131 is pre-requisite) and MATH “T” courses as soon as possible—they fill quickly!

    • Keep a close eye on your GPA!

    • Faculty may review a student’s status at any point in the program!

    • If you need to e-mail anyone, please include your student ID number!

    • See your SOE faculty advisor at least once a semester!