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Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Education

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The bachelor's programs in special education prepare you with the skills and license to teach children who have learning or developmental disabilities. With three distinct disciplines to focus – early childhood, mild to moderate and moderate to intensive – you will play important roles in the education and development of children that will make a lasting impact. The undergraduate teacher licensure in special education is a competitive program preparing you to help meet the educational needs of diverse learners with disabilities. 

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Intervention Specialties

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist 

Teach children age 3 to grade 5 who have disabilities or are at risk for developing disabilities. Given the high demand for teachers with this specialization and a large body of research demonstrating that early intervention is key, students can make a lasting impact in the education and lives of children with disabilities.

Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist

Prepared with the skills and license to teach K-12 children who have learning or mild intellectual disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Teachers with this specialization use instructional strategies to develop individual learning plans for students. They also use co-teaching methods to maximize the learning potential for students with disabilities.

Moderate to Intensive Intervention Specialist

Earn a license to teach children with moderate to intensive disabilities in grades K-12, and up to age 21 within schools. Students focusing in this discipline play important roles in the education and development of students with significant disabilities.

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Student Opportunities

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Career Paths

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Graduates who earn their licenses go on to teach primarily in public schools. Some also have careers in private schools or clinical settings.

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Degree Requirements

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Deadline to declare major

September 25

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Licensure disclosure 

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at

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Deadline to apply

November 1,

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