The Special Education programs offers degrees and teacher licensure programs approved by the Ohio Department of Education. All programs are accredited.
At the undergraduate level the department awards the Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education with licensure in Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist, Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist and a dual major in Early Childhood Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood with Montessori credentialing.
At the graduate level the Master of Education degree in Special Education and Master of Science in Special Education are awarded. Concentrations are available in these programs that include Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist, Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, and endorsements in Pre-K Special Needs, Gifted/Talented, Transition to Work and two minors in Special Education which include a teacher track and a disability track. Master’s degrees in Special Educaiton without licensure are available.
The pages that follow outline the basic requirements for licensure. Specific brochures and rules for program admission on these programs are available. Please note that courses required for licensure that are more than 10 years old my need to be repeated. Students who do not meet acceptable performance standards (including field experiences) may be excluded from specific programs.
Summary of Steps for Admission and Continual Progress in Initial Licensure Programs
- Undergraduate students are accepted into the University based on high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores.
- Graduate students are accepted base on undergraduate GPA and either GRE or MAT scores.
- Student declares major or concentration.
- If you are a licensed teacher, your GRE/MAT testing is waived.
- Completion of Step One.
- Student completes first year at Xavier with a grade point average of 2.700 or higher.
- Required grades in following courses:
- English 101 “B” or higher.
- Mathematics (as placement dictates) “C” or higher.
- Professional Education course (in licensure area) “B-” or higher.
- Following items completed and filed with Education Office:
- “Statement of Moral Character”.
- “Application for Admission” form.
- “Reflection Question” form.
- Student is notified of acceptance into chosen program.
- Completion of Step Two.
- Required grades for continuation through major/minor:
- Overall grade point average of 2.700.
- GPA of 2.700 in required major/minor courses (see program handbook for detailed information).
- Candidate’s portfolio reflects key assignments from educational foundations and curriculum courses.
- Evaluation forms completed by University personnel and field work cooperating teachers indicate progress in development of knowledge, performance skills, and dispositions for teaching (see program requirements).
- Student maintains FBI/BCI fingerprint checks with approval to work with children.
- Completion of Step Three.
- Application for internship/student teaching is approved. All professional education and concentration courses must be completed for commencement of internship/student teaching semesters.
- Prior to internship, the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) test must be passed and results on file in Licensure/Office of Education Department (see handbooks or Xavier website for specific test titles and codes).