Department of Educational Psychology

For information, contact the Department of Educational Psychology, 201 McGuffey Hall (513-529-6621).

This department administers the undergraduate program for Special Education majors that leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and an Ohio license as an intervention specialist in mild-moderate special needs. The license allows graduates to teach in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Mild-moderate intervention specialist have expertise in designing and implementing educational programs and services for children and youth needing support in the general education classroom and other educational settings.

Special Admission and Transfer Requirements

Admission is limited to those who are eligible for admission to teacher preparation programs and have completed 30 semester hours with a 2.75 GPA, including EDP 220 Field Experience in Special Education, EDP 256 Psychology of the Exceptional Learner, and EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts, as well as 100 hours of service with children and persons with exceptionalities.

To enter this teacher licensure program, you must complete an application from the department. See “Admission” earlier in this chapter.

Transfer students may be admitted to a special education program only if they have completed at least 30 semester hours with at least a 2.75 GPA (4.00 scale) for all college work attempted, including courses in educational psychology and exceptional persons, and are eligible for admission to teacher education programs. Otherwise, they will be considered pre-special education majors until these requirements are met.

Candidates will be expected to complete and successfully pass the portfolio review process at established intervals within the program.


A cohort is a group of students in a common year designated to take instructional (methods) courses in a common group of related teaching fields as well as complete their student teaching during the same academic year. Selection is limited for each cohort group to ensure quality instruction.

Selection to a Cohort

Special education majors with licensure: Declare a pre-major in special education at the time of university admission, or soon thereafter. After declaring a pre-major, apply for admission to special education and a cohort group by September 1 of the sophomore year. Applications are available at the department.

Applicants are selected by the special education faculty for each cohort group on the basis of potential for academic and professional success. Cohort selection procedures may be obtained from the department. Applicants are notified of admission to their cohort and major on or before September 30; some applicants may be placed on a waiting list. Space in the cohort is limited and admission is not guaranteed.

Note: Admission to Miami University, the School of Education, Health and Society or to a pre-major neither implies nor guarantees selection to a cohort group.

Special education minors without licensure and Thematic Sequence: Minors and students seeking only the Thematic Sequence in special education (EDP 1) can apply any time in 201 McGuffey Hall. Applications are taken until the cohort fills. The thematic sequence and minor are offered in an online format with the majority of classes being offered in the summer and winter terms. Most classes offered during regular semesters are restricted to majors only, due to space limitations.

The department is committed to admitting transfer students to the special education major and minor; however, there is limited space for transfer students, and they are admitted as cohort space allows. Transfer students may need additional time to complete the major dependent upon time of transfer.

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