The Special Education program is offering a minor for students who are not training to be Special Education Interventionists but want the information regarding disabilities to better perform their duties as nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers, etc will welcome the opportunity to gather additional skills that will support their future careers. The Special Education Minor-Education track is for educators who want to learn more about servicing students with special needs but do not intend to become intervention specialists who are responsible for the education of students with disabilities. If this student later determines that they do wish to pursue a license or endorsement in special education, then these courses would lend themselves to that opportunity as well. The Special Education licensure in the State of Ohio is a teaching license, requires a state licensing exams and student teaching, whereby the minor does not. The Special Education Minor-Disability track is for professionals outside of education who intend to service populations that may include individuals with special needs such as social workers, medical professionals, criminal justice majors, etc. To formalize the minor, individuals need to have it noted on their academic transcripts.
The courses described below offer the necessary knowledge needed to work with individuals with special needs. Eligibility for the Special Education Minor requires an undergraduate acceptance into the university and acceptance into the Xavier Special Education Minor program. Xavier University’s Special Education Minor includes 18 undergraduate credit hours and requires documented field hours.
The following courses are required for the minor and students be invited to choose which track that would like to participate in-Special Education Minor–teaching track or the disability awareness track.