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Apply to the 18-Credit Hour Teacher Formation Program

Application Components

  • applications open in the fall
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • official transcripts
  • teacher license
  • current photo
  • principal recommendation
  • needs-based scholarship request (if applicable)
  • interview with PIE Team 

Application Timeline

  • October 1: Applications open
  • December 1: Early Application Deadline
  • January 15: Early Acceptance
  • April 1: Application Deadline (or until all seats are filled)
  • April 15: Final Acceptance
  • May, 2023 : Summer courses begin

Completion of the 18-credit program leads to additional licensure/certification in Exceptional Learners: Mild Disabilities.

EDU 70200: Foundations of Inclusive Education (3 credits)

An introduction to inclusive education with a focus on understanding learner attributes including academic, behavioral, social/emotional, and health issues is provided. Historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives serve as a foundation for understanding learning strengths and challenges. Evidence-based frameworks and practices that seek to address complex learning needs promoting inclusive practice are emphasized. Clinical experiences are required. (Summer I-Online)

EDU 70201: Critical Elements for Inclusion (2 credits)

Critical elements of planning and instruction within a multi-tiered system of support are addressed. Assessment and data-based decision making are examined to address the learning needs of students who struggle in the classroom environment. Attention is given to accommodations and curricular modifications, as well as frameworks and strategies that impact behavior. Clinical experiences are required. (Summer I-Online)

EDU 70207: Literacy Methods & Assessment for Inclusion (4 credits)

A multi-tiered system of support serves as the foundation for inclusive education with a focus on literacy intervention and assessment. An emphasis on diagnostic decision making, planning and delivery of empirically-validated, multisensory literacy instruction that maximizes the learning of all students is examined. Special attention is given to essential elements of critical literacy pedagogy and evidence-based practices to meet the diverse needs of struggling learners and students with learning disabilities. Clinical experiences are required. (Fall-Online)

EDU 70208: Advanced Methods & Assessment for Inclusion (4 credits)

The essential elements of designing a meaningful inclusive educational experience are addressed. Critical content and pedagogy, validated frameworks, and evidence-based practices serve as the foundation, fostering successful planning, implementation, and assessment to enhance student learning and educational outcomes in the inclusive environment. Specific foci include content-based instruction, social/emotional learning, and behavioral intervention for students with needs. Appropriate assessment selection and the use of data to make informed decisions for instruction; behavior and classroom management; and eligibility and placement of students is foundational. Clinical experiences are required. (Spring-Online)

EDU 70202: Collaboration, Community, & Culture (2 credits)

Critical elements of professional collaboration and consultation within a multi-tiered system of support are addressed. Communication, roles/responsibilities, and culture of key stakeholders are a central focus. Teaming and problem-solving models are examined to address the needs of students who struggle in the classroom environment. Clinical experiences are required. (Summer II-Online)

EDU 70204: Policy and Effective Practice in Special Education (3 credits)

Effective practice and implications of special education policy for learners with diverse needs are provided. Specialized methods of service delivery are addressed for students with diagnoses. Attention is given to accommodations and curricular modifications, sensory integration, and transition planning. Evidence-based practices are advanced to enable successful individualized educational planning. Clinical experiences are required. (Summer II-On Campus)


PIE is aware of the financial sacrifice for participation and we want to make programming accessible to as many Catholic educators as possible.

The total cost for PIE 7 including coursework, field experience, housing and food for Summer II is $11,950.

To further this mission, we have been blessed with the ability to award every participant a $2,000 Inclusive Educator Scholarship. This scholarship is in addition to the needs-based financial support included in the application.

Please note that applying for additional needs-based funding does not guarantee additional support; however, PIE will do everything possible to assist with this financial commitment. Beyond the Inclusive Educator and needs-based scholarships, Title funding at the school/diocesan levels can be used for participation.

Additional Costs

  • $100 (estimated) for books and printing materials (copies shared by instructors that some candidates choose to print on their own).
  • If your school district is funding Room and Board, they typically pay for a double. It would be an additional $200 if a single is desired.

  • Travel to ND for Summer II (varies based on location)

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Abby Giroux, at 574-631-7158 or

Summer I: $3400

  • 5 credits of online programming over 2 courses: 

EDU 70200 Foundations of Inclusive Education (3 cr) 
EDU 70207 Critical Elements of Inclusive Education (2 cr)

Fall: $2500

  • 4 credits of online programming over 1 course

 EDU 70207 Literacy Methods and Assessment for Inclusion (4 cr)

Spring: $2500

  • 4 credits of online programming over 1 course

EDU 70208 Advanced Methods and Assessment for Inclusion (4 cr) 

Summer II: $2500 - $2000 PIE Scholarship = $500 + Room/Board

  • Room/Board: $1050 for double occupancy; $1250 for single
  • 5 credits with 1 online course (June - July) and then the On Campus Capstone

EDU 70202 Collaboration, Communication & Culture (2 cr)
EDU 70204 Policy & Practice in Special Education (3 cr) 

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