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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist - ME

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Degree Title: Master of Education

Program Name and Number: Early Childhood Intervention Specialist - ME6220

Department/Unit: Department of Teacher Education

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Mission: Our mission is to prepare knowledgeable and effective intervention specialists who are lifelong learners and strong advocates, able to serve individuals with a variety of abilities and needs, especially in low-resource settings. We provide programs and experiences that value and celebrate differences, are field-intensive, steeped in interdisciplinary collaboration, co-teaching, and P-12 student-focused problem solving.

Program Learning Objectives: By the completion of the special education licensure program, candidates will

  • Demonstrate mastery of CEC standards. (Core Knowledge)
  • Create an environment that is supportive of continuous improvement of P-12 student learning outcomes. (Pedagogy)
  • Model high professional expectations and ethical practice and create supportive environments that safeguard legal rights and improve outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families. (Professionalism)
  • Engage in the design and implementation of research and inquiry. (Research methods and analysis; Independent Research)
  • Produce written and oral quality communications directed to students, parents/guardians and other professionals. (Scholarly Communications)

Program Overview:  The Master’s Degree in Education with a Major in Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) meets the Ohio teacher licensure requirements for teaching children with special needs ages 3 to 8 (Pre-K through grade 3). This program is also available to those NOT holding a teaching license at the undergraduate level. The focus of the Special Education program at Ohio University centers on the delivery of quality services within limited resource environments.

Opportunities for Graduates: The program prepares graduate students for a license to teach early childhood special education in Pre-K through grade 3 settings.

Link to Program: http://www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/teacher-preparation/department-of-teacher-education/masters-programs/special-education-intervention-specialist-masters.cfm

Graduation Requirements:  All M.Ed. candidates in the Department of Teacher Education must complete a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours of course work. The number of hours required to meet state requirements for the ECIS licensure is determined in consultation with the advisor and is based on previous degrees, previous licensures, course work, professional internship hours and when these previous requirements were completed.  It can range from 30 hours for a person with a previous special education license to 43 hours for a person with an early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescent to young adult teacher license who has undergraduate state reading requirements to 71 semester hours for persons seeking their first (initial) teacher license.

  1. Teacher Education Core                                            
    • EDTE 6670 Teacher as Action Researcher
    • EDSP 5700 Nature and Needs of Children and Adults with Exceptionalities
    • EDTE 5600 Advanced Studies of Children and Adolescents
    • EDTE 6940 Masters Research Project (no thesis requirement)
  2. Special Education Core Courses (Note:  EDSP 5700 is a pre-requisite to all courses in this category)
    • EDSP 5730 Assessment of Learners with Special Needs
    • EDSP 5740 Behavioral Management for Learners with Special Needs
    • EDSP 5760 Issues in Special Education
    • EDSP 5750 Curriculum, Collaboration, Co-Teaching & Consultation in Special Education
    • EDSP 6700 Technological Applications in Special Education
  3. Basic Instructional Methods Courses & College CAEP requirements                  
    • EDTE 5300 Problems & Practices in Modern Elementary Mathematics
    • EDCT 5011 Technology Applications in Education
    • (12 semester hrs. of reading methods course work including a phonics course and 3 additional courses are required for an Ohio Provisional Intervention Specialist Teaching License. Select from the courses below.)
      • EDTE 5270 Phonics and Structure of Language
      • EDTE 5200 Foundations of Reading Instruction
      • EDTE 5220 Diagnosis: Reading and Language
      • EDTE 5230 Laboratory: Reading and Language
      • EDTE 5260 Secondary Reading Instruction and English Language Learners
  4. Specialization Area for Intervention Specialist Teacher License
    • EDSP 5770 Methods and Materials for Learners with MI Educational Needs
    • EDSP 5810 Teaching Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
    • EDSP 6820 Practicum in ECIS
    • EDPL 5620 & 5630 Professional Internship in ECIS
    • EDPL 5650 Professional Internship Seminar (required for initial sp. ed. license)

Culminating Experience: Intern/Externship, Clinical; Applied Research Project

Admission Requirements: Criteria for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international students whose first language is English.  All applications will be reviewed holistically, however, prospective master’s candidates must submit:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Have an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 grade scale.
  • Three professional recommendations from faculty and/or professionals who know you as a student or employee.
  • A statement of personal and professional reasons for seeking this degree and major.
  • Academic writing sample (examples include published paper, paper submitted for a course, or master’s project thesis).

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