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Special Education - Lang Arts & Mathematics

As a field, special education provides direct and indirect services for individuals with disabilities. Some services provided by people in the field of special education include K-12 education, rehabilitation for occupational development and daily independence, community-based case management, disability advocacy, school and individualized consultation services and various other services related to individuals with disabilities and their families. Through education, community awareness and ecologically based service delivery, the focus of special education is to enhance and better the lives of all individuals with disabilities.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18BSED-SPED-LM

Real-World Learning Components

Required teaching experience

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus
ACT
20.5 - 26.5
SAT
970 - 990

Department

Special Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

Cincinnati,OH  45221-0014
CECH Student Services Center
Email: cechssc@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Candidates who succeed in special education demonstrate:

  • a history of academic success
  • the ability to collaborate with others, including those from diverse populations
  • leadership characteristics
  • responsible, caring, fair, honest and ethical behavior
  • a commitment to social justice and a diverse society
  • a history of good critical thinking and problem solving
  • enthusiasm for working with children and adults with disabilities
  • a commitment to equity and the betterment of individuals with disabilities

Career Possibilities

In general, graduates of the special education language arts and mathematics program work as intervention specialists (teachers) in various K-12 education settings, including schools, hospitals, vocational training facilities and other institutions providing educational services for individuals with disabilities. Some graduates of the special education program work as advocates and/or case managers for social agencies.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The special education language arts and mathematics program at the University of Cincinnati provides education at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Specific goals of the program vary by degree level. At the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels, the program is focused on educating teachers to use evidence-based practices and meet licensure requirements for K-12 intervention specialists. Specifically, program participants are required to complete course and field experiences to meet the prerequisites for mild to moderate and moderate to intense disability licensure. The master’s program focuses on providing teacher-leaders in the area of special education. At the doctoral level, the program focuses on providing leading scholars for service in academic careers.

Advancement in the program consists of a two-step process. The first step is admission to the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services as an education student. The second step involves admission into the professional cohort, which occurs during the second year (i.e., sophomore status or its equivalent). For more information about the cohort selection process and criteria, please contact an academic advisor. During year two, education students who meet requirements for advancing in the program must attend a mandatory information meeting during fall semester and submit a completed application for admission to the special education cohort that begins the following fall semester. Enrollment is limited; admission is competitive. Once admitted into the cohort, students take their professional education courses and complete student teaching requirements.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students earn a bachelor's degree from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). After passing appropriate Ohio Assessments for Educators exams, students are eligible to apply for a State of Ohio teaching license (mild/moderate and moderate/intense) in special education.

Minor Details

There is no minor offered in special education language arts and mathematics.

Curriculum

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Special Education Curriculum

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • SPED1001, Individuals with Exceptionalities, DC, SE, 3
    • EDST1001, Introduction to Education, DC, HP, 3
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • MATH1021, College Algebra, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective (COMM1071, COMM2026, or COMM2028 strongly recommended)., 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • CI1001, Educational Technology, TI, 3
    • EDST1002, Educational Psychology, SS, 3
    • MATH1008, Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select ENGL2021 or ENGL2022 to satisfy degree requirements., 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a History elective. , HP, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • MATH3021, Mathematics for Middle School Teachers I: Number Sense, 3
    • MDL3005, Middle Level Math Methods 1, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select ENGL2007 or ENGL2008 to satisfy degree requirements., 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a Natural Science elective., NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective., 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • SPED2001, Overview and Special Education Law, 3
    • LSLS2006, Phonics Theory & Practice: Middle Childhood and Special Education, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select STAT1031 or STAT1034 to satisfy program requirements., 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a Literature course with the assistance from an Academic Advisor., 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • LSLS3012, Foundations of Reading and Writing for Intervention Specialists, 3
    • SPED3004, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas, 3
    • MDL4005, Middle School Language Arts Methods , 3
    • SPED3006, Assessment & Intervention, 3
    • SPED3009, Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Moderate to Intense, 3
    • MDL4007, Middle School Mathematics Methods 3, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • SPED3012, Language and Foundations of Literacy, 3
    • SPED3010, Instructional Strategies: Moderate to Intense, 3
    • SPED3008, Curriculum Planning & Instructional Strategies: Mild to Moderate, 3
    • SPED3007, Promoting Positive Behaviors, 3
    • SPED4013, Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology in Special Education, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • SPED4015, Student Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Educational Needs, 3 - 12
    • SPED4016, Seminar: Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Educational Needs, 1 - 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • SPED4017, Student Teaching Students with Moderate to Intense Educational Needs, 3 - 12
    • SPED4018, Seminar: Teaching Students with Moderate to Intense Educational Needs, 1 - 3
    • SPED4014, Critical Issues: Serving Students with Intense Disabilities, 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services continually merits local, state and national recognition. Recent commendations include:

  • accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education
  • a 65th ranking in U.S. News & World Report
  • the Best Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • consistently high scores by candidates on state mandated licensure exams

In addition, the special education program provides small classes, talented faculty in each discipline and extensive field clinical experiences in urban and suburban schools.

Special Programs

Future Educators of America (FEA)
UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all UC students; however, our main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to their college and to their future profession. Members have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international honor society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some of the benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database and access to the ideas, research, insights and expertise of internationally renowned educators.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
SCEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and gifted children, as well as those typically developing. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practices and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH student ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.

International Student Requirements

International students should contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admission for details. 513-556-1100

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Attain at least a 2.8 cumulative grade point average, with a 2.5 GPA in both content areas.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Freshmen:

  • Application Deadline: Dec 1*
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.

Transfers:

  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



The educator preparation programs at the University of Cincinnati are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).