Jun 16, 2024  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Special Education Licensure

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Teacher Licensure

The School of Education offers teacher licensure programs, approved by the State of Ohio Department of Higher Education, for primary education, middle childhood, multi-age, adolescent to young adult (secondary), intervention specialist (mild/moderate, moderate/intensive, gifted/talented [program only], and early childhood intervention specialist) teaching, as well as American Montessori Society certification in Montessori preprimary and primary teaching. In addition, students can acquire a license at the graduate level for reading, counseling, administration and special education.

The following pages outline the requirements for these licenses. Specific brochures on these programs are available and give suggested sequences of courses and rules for admission to the program. Please note that courses required for licensure which are more than 10 years old may need to be repeated. In adolescent to young adult (grades 7 - 12) and pre-K - 12 teaching, students take a major in their area field and complete licensure requirements in professional education courses. Adolescent to young adults (grades 7 - 12) teaching licenses can be attained in the following subject fields: Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Life/Chemistry, Life/Physics and Physical Sciences (Chemistry/Physics). Multi-age (grades Pre-K - 12) teaching licenses can be attained in the following subject fields: Foreign Language (French, German, Greek, Latin or Spanish), Music, and Visual Arts. Intervention Specialist for grades K - 12 are available in mild/moderate educational needs and moderate/intensive educational needs. These are undergraduate or graduate programs. A licensure program (Pre-K - 12) at the graduate level only is also offered. Intervention Specialist (P-5) licensure can be fulfilled at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Endorsements (Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs, Transition To Work, Gifted/Talented) may be added to an existing specific license on the graduate level. Need to consult Special Education Programs for specific details.

Teacher Education Program

Steps for Admission and Continual Progress for Licensure in the Following Programs:

  • Primary Education
  • Early Childhood/Montessori
  • Middle Childhood
  • Professional Education
  • Special Education
  • School Nurse Licensure


Step One:

  • Student is accepted into the University based on high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Nontraditional student with no college admission scores will substitute PRAXIS 1 as entry test in order to declare major or minor.
  • Potential candidate declares major.


Step Two:

  • Potential candidate completes first year at Xavier with a grade point average of 2.7 or higher.
  • Required grades in following courses:
    • ENGL 101 “B-” or higher.
    • Mathematics (as placement dictates) “C” or higher.
    • Introductory Education course (program dictates) “B” or higher.
  • Following items completed and filed with Education Office:
    • Notarized “Statement of Moral Character”.
    • “Application for Admission” form.
    • “Reflection Question” form.
  • Student is notified of acceptance into chosen program.


Step Three:

  • Required grades for continuation through major/minor: detailed information.
    • Grade of “C” or higher in second mathematics course.
    • Overall grade point average of 2.7
    • Grade of “B” or higher in required curriculum courses
    • 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.


Step Four:

  • Application for internship/student teaching is approved. All foundation, methods, block courses, and majority of subject concentration courses must be completed for commencement of internship semester/s.
  • Prior to internship, one of two/three or more required Ohio Assessment for Educators must be passed and results on file in Certification Office of Education Department (see handbooks or Education Office for specific test titles and codes).


Step Five:

  • Successful completion of internship/student teaching in Early, Middle, Professional or Special Education:
    • Record of on-site visits by University supervisor.
    • Midterm and final evaluations from cooperating teacher and field supervisor.
    • Two conferences with University supervisor and cooperating teacher.
  • Successful completion of exit portfolio.
  • Ohio Assessment for Educators results on file in Certification Office.
  • Licensure application materials complete and on file in Certification Office.
  • Successful FBI/BCI checks on file.

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