Purdue to offer 3-year special education program to help with shortage

Purdue University will start offering a 3-year special education degree program. It's all to help with a shortage in the state of Indiana and nationwide.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 11:32 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University will start offering a 3-year special education degree program. It's all to help with a shortage in the state of Indiana and nationwide.

Students will be able to complete the mild intervention program in three years. That means they will be able to teach students with more mild needs and learning disabilities.

Clinical Instructor Jasmine Begeske said the accelerated program could help with cost savings for Purdue students.

She said it will also benefit schools, looking to fill positions.

"We need special education teachers who are licensed and prepared for the classroom. There's a shortage in Indiana and I believe in 48 of the states are claiming a major shortage," said Begeske.

The program will start this fall.

The College of Education will continue to offer the 4-year program as well.

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