Inclusive Special Education Major

Special education is one of the fastest growing careers in the nation. In fact, more than 80 percent of the largest school districts in the country report an immediate need for special education teachers, and the number of children identified as having special needs increases every year.

Program and License Information

A Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist is an educator who has expertise in designing and implementing educational programs and services for children and youth needing mild to moderate support in the general education classroom and other educational settings.The Inclusive Special Education major leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an initial four-year educator license as an intervention specialist in mild-moderate special needs. The license allows you to teach in kindergarten through 12th grade in the state of Ohio.

Miami's Special Education Program is fully accredited through the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation 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.

Graduation and Licensure

Advantages of Miami's Program

Come to Miami and you can graduate in four years with a wealth of classroom experiences. You'll participate in classroom observations, and assist veteran teachers before having a culminating student-teaching experience. Trust that you'll be provided with exceptional mentoring along the way and will be job-ready on graduation day. Our classes are small—lots of interaction with faculty members (in and out of the classroom) is the norm.

We have an active student chapter of our field's primary professional organization, the Council for Exceptional Children. This provides a direct transition into professional life after graduation. Miami offers many opportunities to become involved in service learning and undergraduate research. And special programs for students interested in a career teaching in urban areas is also available. In total, Miami University's Special Education major has a lot to offer you:

  • Expect thorough preparation coupled with personal attention
  • Have diverse, real-world classroom experiences as early as your sophomore year
  • Learn strategies to incorporate technology in the classroom, with a particular emphasis on assistive technology
  • Gather a variety of out-of-classroom opportunities allowing you to grow personally and professionally


Special Education Scholarship Award (SESA)

The Department of Educational Psychology is pleased to announce that the Special Education Scholarship Award (SESA) is available to qualified undergraduate Special Education majors. The $4,000 scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students and is a four-year, renewable award. A limited number of scholarships are available each year.

SESA is limited to Oxford students who have declared a special education major/pre-major on their admission applications. FAFSA and admission applications must be submitted by February 1 for consideration. Additional eligibility considerations include ethic diversity, financial need, GPA, and ACT score. More information about scholarships is available from the OneStop office.

Special Education Regional Scholarship Award (SERSA)

The Special Education Regional Scholarship Award (SERSA) is available to qualified undergraduate Special Education majors from the Hamilton and Middletown campuses. The $4000 scholarship is awarded to students that transfer to Oxford and have acquired at least 30 hours of instruction. The award is provided for two years only. A limited number of scholarships are available each year.