Program of Study and Courses

Program of Study

The SEOH Program offers a learning environment that is flexible and accommodating for working professionals. Though designed for individuals licensed to teach in the state of Ohio, individuals with a Bachelor's degree who do not currently hold an Ohio teaching license are also eligible to enroll in the SEOH Program. SEOH offers four curriculum tracks. Licensure tracks include the coursework required by Ohio to apply for a K-12 Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist license:

  1. Licensure Only – For candidates holding teaching credentials in any other discipline, and who only wish to add intervention specialist license. It typically includes 8-10 courses (24-30 credit hours) and can be completed within a year. Any licensure student wanting to subsequently apply to the M.Ed. program should do so prior to enrolling in her or his 12th credit hour.
  2. Licensure + M.Ed. – For candidates holding teaching credentials in any other discipline. It may include 12-14 courses (36-42 credit hours), requires a graduate research project, and can be completed in fewer than 2 years.
  3. Initial License + M.Ed. – For candidates seeking their first teaching credential. It may include up to 15 courses, counting a 16-week supervised field experience (54 credit hours), requires a graduate research project, and can be completed in 2 years.
  4. M.Ed. in Special Education Only – For candidates holding teaching credentials as intervention specialists or candidates seeking alternative licensure. It may include 10 courses (30 credit hours), requires a graduate research project, and can be completed in fewer than 2 years. 

Program Courses

Intervention Specialist Licensure

EDP 656: Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities
EDP 650A: Trends/Issues in Measurement
EDP 578: Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education
EDP 586: Methods I: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
EDP 596: Behavioral Interventions
EDP 571: Literacy Seminar: Clinical
EDP 650B: Assistive Technology
EDP 591: Methods II: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
EDP 605F: Supervised Field Experience, Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist*
EDT 642: Phonics and Reading Improvement for the Reading Teacher*
EDT 646: Reading and Writing in Content Areas*

*Course may be waived for students who have completed equivalent undergraduate or graduate course(s). Review of transcripts is required for waiver.  With prior approval, alternate reading courses may be taken.  Waiver request and pre-approval process is described further below.

Master of EducationEDP 601: Advanced Educational Psychology

EDP 601: Advanced Educational Psychology
EDP 651: Educational Research
EDP 667: Behavioral Statistics I
EDP 652: Educational Research Practicum*

*Course taken the semester in which a student intends to graduate and complete the research project requirements.

Course Format

The program’s online/hybrid coursework is primarily web-based and asynchronous. Courses are offered in 8 and 10-week sprint terms. Courses include three live meetings held on scheduled Saturdays at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, OH. Attendance is required.

Some of the SEOH courses that are part of the M.Ed. study plan are also available in a traditional, full-term course format. Students may enroll in either course to satisfy the program requirements, provided the course is the same course number and title, OR, a course substitution has been approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Waiver of Course(s)

The courses required for each program option vary. As noted in the licensure course section above, only prior student teaching field experience and the "EDT" literacy courses may be waived. All other required courses are only waived upon transfer of credit hours in equivalent courses at another institution.

Literacy Course Waiver Request

The State of Ohio requires special educators to have 12 credit hours of coursework in literacy teaching methods in order to obtain licensure. There are two specific courses (6 credit hours) relating to literacy teaching methods that are required of all students in the SEOH program. In addition to these two courses, 6 elective credit hours are also required for any student who is seeking licensure in Ohio.

The following two courses are required and cannot be waived:

  • EDP 571: Literacy Seminar - Clinical (3 cr.)
  • EDP 591: Methods II: Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 cr.)

Six credit hours from the following courses are required to fulfill the 12 credit hour literacy requirement. (These hours may be waived based on specified forms of evidence described further below.) Approved Miami courses offered through SEOH program:

  • EDT 642: Phonics and Reading Improvement for the Reading Teacher (3 cr.)
  • EDT 646: Reading and Writing in Content Areas (3 cr.)

Approved Miami courses available in other traditional or hybrid formats:

  • EDT 632: Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3 cr.)
  • EDT 603: Language, Literacy and Culture (3 cr.)

Course Waiver Procedure

No waiver is necessary when a student has completed 6 hours from the "Literacy Electives" listed above within 5 years of admission to the SEOH program.

A request may be submitted to waive up to 6 credit hours of Literacy Electives if one of the following conditions is applicable:

  1. Student holds a current and valid Ohio Reading Endorsement that required 6 or more credit hours of coursework or holds a graduate degree in Reading/Literacy from an accredited institution.
  2. Student has evidence of coursework, completed within 5 years of admission to the SEOH program, in a course focusing on methods of teaching reading.
    • evidence must be submitted for prior coursework to be considered
    • pre-approval is required if you are considering taking a course from another accredited institution of higher education to fulfill the literacy elective credit hour requirement

Required Documentation

For waiver based on Ohio Reading Endorsement: (must require 6 or more credit hours to obtain)

  • Copy of teaching license (as PDF) with Reading Endorsement clearly listed

For waiver based on prior coursework:

  • Official document that includes Course Description such as a syllabus or link to University catalog course description
  • Transcript (as a PDF) showing successful completion of the course, credit hours, and final grade

For Pre-Approval of coursework that is not listed as an approved Literacy Elective above:

  • Official document that includes Course Description such as a syllabus or link to University catalog course description

Submitting Literacy Elective Waiver/Pre-approval Request

All requests and required documentation must be submitted digitally using the Literacy Elective Waiver/Pre-Approval Request Form.

Transfer of Credit

Special Education adheres to Miami University’s Graduate School’s policy regarding credit transfer. Section 1.2J specifically states that if a student earned credit for graduate-level courses at another accredited graduate school, he or she may be able to apply that credit toward the degree. All transfer of credit requests are subject to review and approval by the Department of Educational Psychology. To apply credits to the degree, a student must have achieved the following:

  • Received an “A” or “B” for the credits to be transferred.
  • Taken the courses within five (5) years of the projected graduation date for the M.Ed.

Students who received “pass” or “credit” evaluations for coursework can make a request to the Petitions Committee of their academic division that those courses be applied to their degree. No extension or correspondence work can be applied toward a graduate degree.

Master’s degree candidates may transfer a maximum of one-third of the number of credit hours required for the degree. For example, if a program requires thirty (30) credit hours for the degree, students can transfer a maximum of ten (10) hours.