I-Seal Program Partnership


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The School of Education is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure (I-SEAL) program.  I-SEAL offers special education students funding for all tuition and books required for the Transition to Teaching – Special Education or to add the Special Education endorsement to an existing teaching license.  Please refer to www.Indianaseal.org to see if you are qualified for the I-SEAL program and/or  program requirements or contact Ms. Dana Jones at [email protected] for more information. This is great opportunity for individual who want to get an endorsement in Special Education and have the tuition and books covered by this grant.

The Oakland City School of Education promotes the development of effective educators and leaders who master knowledge, skills, and dispositions which enable servant leaders to positively impact the next generation of learners and leaders. OCU offers the TRANSITION TO TEACHING (T2T) program, which is a non-degree, licensure pathway program to provide an alternative forum for applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree to enroll in the 24-credit hour T2T licensure pathway for Special Education. Additionally, OCU offers a SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT for teachers who want to add Special Education license onto an existing teaching license.

The Transition to Teaching (T2T) program assists individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are seeking and initial teaching license. Our Special Education route qualifies for I-SEAL.

Program of Study
Transition to Teach Licensure-SPECIAL EDUCATION P-12
24 Hours
Dept # Course Title Hours
SPED 506 Special Education Law 3
SPED 565 Collaboration & Consultation 3
SPED 575 Methods & Materials for Exceptional Learners 3
SPED 601 Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Learners 3
EDUC *596 E/S Internship (Elementary or Secondary) 3
EDUC 557 E/S Classroom Management  (Elementary or Secondary) 3
EDUC 572 The Teaching and Remediation of Reading 3
EDUC 575* Reading Problems in Content Areas 3

Add Special Education to Your License

If you already have your teaching license, consider taking advantage of I-SEAL to add Special Education.

Program of Study
Dept # Course Title Hours
SPED 501 Foundations of Special Education 3
SPED 506 Special Education Law 3
SPED 565 Collaboration & Consultation 3
SPED 575 Methods & Materials for Exceptional Learners 3
SPED 601 Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Learners 3
SPED 645 Best Practices Working w. Exceptional Learners 3


Admission Requirements


  1. Prospective Indiana educators are required to have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution prior to admission to Indiana educator preparation programs.

Oakland City University Admission Requirements:

  1. OCU Graduate Application
  2. Concentration Declaration
  3. Current resume
  4. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework (official means it is sent directly to OCU from the university or college.
  5. Background check (OCU will provide this)
Indiana Alternative Special Education License

Any special education teacher that has an Emergency Permit will be eligible for the new alternative Special Education License. This license will be valid for 3 years and non-renewable. To apply for this new alternative Special Education License, they will have to have verification of employment and verification that they are ENROLLED at OCU’s Special Education T2T program. With successful completion of coursework and passing scores on both state required content and pedagogy tests, the licensing process can begin. The state also requires a valid CPR and suicide prevention training certification.

Indiana License Requirements

  1. Under the current licensing rules, REPA/REPA3, a pedagogy/developmental exam is required for all individuals that are applying for their first initial practitioner instructional license in addition to any required content exams. The pedagogy exams cover the strategies of teaching such as Methodology, Classroom Management, Student Development and Diversity, Learning Processes, Learning Environment, Instructional Planning, Assessments, and the Professional Environment as a teacher at the respective developmental levels. These are topics that are covered in a teacher preparation program. Candidates must pass Praxis Content tests AND the developmental (pedagogy) area assessment that matches the grade level for which they plan to teach.  These can be taken during or after the teaching field experience (internship).
License Content Area Praxis® Test Code Praxis® Test Name Cut Score
Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention 5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 155
All Grade Pedagogy 5625 Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 157
  1. Pass the Praxis® Content Area and pedagogical assessments. Go to for a listing of the Praxis® at https://www.ets.org/praxis.
  2. Certification of CPR/AED/Heimlich training. Go to https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing/  for a list of centers for training centers.
  3. Certification of suicide prevention training. Click https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing/ for a list of centers for training and certification.