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Special Education (Intervention Specialist)

Degree

Bachelor of Science | College of Education, Health and Society

What is Special Education (Intervention Specialist) ?

Many school-aged children in the United States cannot benefit from the standard curriculum that schools offer. Because of physical, mental, behavioral, learning, or sensory differences, these students require special services to help them learn. Special education is designed to recognize these differences and to set up individualized instructional plans. This program prepares you for licensure as an special education teacher in Ohio Public Schools from kindergarten through grade 12.

Miami's special education program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education with an Ohio four-year Ohio Resident Educator License in Mild to Moderate Disabilities.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Top ranking

For nearly a century, Miami University has been offering programs to prepare teachers for the classroom. Today's preparation focuses on meeting the needs of contemporary schools, families, and communities. Our teacher education programs are widely recognized for their quality, and teacher education ranks among the top 10 programs at Miami for the number of majors.

Extensive classroom experience

Classroom experiences begin as easly as your first year through service learning in two of our required courses: Introduction to the Teaching Profession and Theories of Human Development & Learning. School-based field experience begins in earnest sophomore year and continues through a full semester of student teaching. You will be supervised by program faculty and experts in the field.

Professional education sequence

Teaching requires such knowledge as the characteristics of learners, social structures of schools, families and communities, assessment techniques, classroom practices, law, statistics, electronic support systems, curriculum, and resources. In the professional education sequence, you investigate this knowledge and combine it with extensive experiences in a variety of schools. As you progress through the professional education sequence, you spend increasing time with experienced teachers in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural schools. Your experiences will range from helping individual students in the schools to being responsible for an entire classroom of students.

Teaching licensure

Miami's Special Education Program is fully accredited through the Ohio Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. While Miami participates in licensure of teachers through an interstate agreement, if you are planning to teach in another state, you should contact that state's Department of Education teacher licensure or certification office so you can apply for certification or licensure in that state.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Students declare a pre-major in the special education program at the time of university admission or as soon as possible. After declaring a pre-major, students must apply for acceptance to a cohort-a group of students selected to experience certain parts of the program together. Selection is limited for each cohort to ensure quality instruction; those applicants with the greatest potential for academic success are selected for each cohort. Admission to Miami University or to the School of Education, Health, and Society as a pre-major neither implies nor guarantees selection to a cohort.

What courses would I take?

As a special education major at Miami, you will take courses in differentiating instruction, universal design for learning, evidence-based instructional methods, behavior management, career and life span education, communication with parents, assessment, and overview of exceptionalities.

This program also requires you to take classes within the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Through the plan's foundation courses, you'll hone skills such as thinking critically, understanding contexts, reflecting and acting, and engaging with other learners. These courses are in the broad discipline areas of English composition, fine arts, humanities, social science, world cultures, natural science, formal reasoning, and in the social foundations of education. The principles and content of the foundation are the basis for the professional education sequence and the content specialization.

What can I do with this major?

With a Special Education degree and a license, you'll be able to educate those with physical, mental, behavioral, learning, or sensory differences. Positions in Transition Planning, Case Management, and other possibilities exist as well. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Educational Psychology
201 McGuffey Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-6621
MiamiOH.edu/edp