Programs in Special Education
Master of Education in Special Education
The Department of Special Education Services offers programs at the master's level that enable graduate students to fulfill individual career goals, to obtain certification or licensure in an area of special education or to enhance a current certification. Areas of advanced study include but are not limited to: adult services, autism, developmental disabilities, early childhood education for the handicapped, inclusion, multihandicapped, severe behavior handicapped, specific learning disabilities, speech and language pathology, transition and vision impaired.
All students must complete the following: A. College Core 12 hours To satisfy the Research Foundations students must complete: RESM 5310 3 hours B. Specialization 18 hours See an adviser for course selection. C. Culminating Experience 6 hours SPED 6930:01 3 hours SPED 6930:02, 6920 or 6960 3 hours Note: Students interested in seeking certification/licensure while completing the Master's degree should see the department to develop a degree and certification program.
Master of Education in Special Education: Speech-Language Pathology
This degree is designed to contribute toward attainment of certification and clinical licensure in the area of Speech-Language Pathology. This total process depends upon completion of a Master's degree, an approved undergraduate program of preparation in this area and suitable practicum experiences. Students seeking certification and/or licensure for Speech-Language Pathology should meet with an adviser to assess prior experience and design a program that is tailored to the student's individual situation. The program model listed below is typical of those completed by students with professional goals in this area.
Tobe considered for Fall admission to the Speech-Language Pathology program, all materials must be received by the program admissions committee before February 1. From the pool of applicants, selected persons will be requested to have an on-campus interview to clarify and obtain additional information. For specific information, interested students need to contact the Department of Special Education Services.
Any material received after the prescribed date will place the candidate in the pool for the following year. Only when there are not enough qualified candidates in the initial pool will late materials be considered.
All students must complete the following: A. College Core 12 hours To satisfy the Research Foundations students must complete: RESM 5310 3 hours Please see an adviser for specific recommendations required for licensure. B. Specialization 38-46 hours SPED 6550, 6570, 6580, 6620, 6630, 6640, 6650, 6660, 6670, 6680, 6600, 6610, 6930:01, 6940 C. Culminating Activity 3 hours SPED 6980, 6920 or 6930:02
Licensure Programs in Special Education
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) (Ages 3 - 8): Students may elect to complete a program of study leading to Ohio Department of Education licensure as an ECIS. The ECIS may be expected to serve as lead teacher, co-instructor or inclusion specialist in Prekindergarten to 3rd grade programs. These instructional settings may include classrooms, resource rooms and self-contained classrooms, in accordance with the continuum of Least Restrictive Environment. In addition, the ECIS also may provide consultation services to community preschool staff in programs that enroll young children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.
Early Intervention Certificate (Birth to Age 3): Students may elect to complete a program of study leading to Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities certification. The specialist may be expected to serve as home visitor, parent educator and play-group director. Intervention settings include family homes and center-based programs. The specialist also may provide consultation services to community day care and preschool staff who enroll young children with developmental disabilities.
The Severe Behavioral Spectrum Emotionally/Behaviorally Disordered (EBD) and Autistically Impaired (AI): This course of study includes evening academic offerings with relevant reading and research requirements. Internships include public schools, alternative and diversional public settings. In addition, internships are available at a variety of facilities such as:
St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center The Behavioral Sciences The NeuroDevelopmental Center, Children's Neurology Center The School for Autistically Impaired Learners The Toledo Hospital, Child Life, Psychiatry Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center
The Severe Behavioral Spectrum includes an internship specifically addressing EBD children and youth at Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, The University of Toledo Court Academy. This program received the Best Practices Award for 1996-97.
The Severe Behavioral Spectrum is available at the master's, specialist's and doctoral levels. Interested students should see an academic adviser for additional information.