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Otterbein University Announces New Teacher Licensure Program in Special Education

April 19, 2013

Westerville, OH – Otterbein University announces a new K-12 Intervention Specialist License to prepare educators to meet the needs of students with Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Intensive disabilities. Classes will begin the week of June 10, 2013. The licensure program was recently approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Otterbein is offering preparation programs for new and currently licensed teachers to obtain an intervention specialist license to help fill a critical demand for qualified special educators. “One in seven students in classrooms today has a diagnosed disability and the need for these students to be instructed by well-prepared professionals is critical,” said Melissa Conrath, interim director of graduate programs in education. “Special education is an area of need in our community that we offered limited preparation programs for in the past.”

Certified teachers have the option to earn the Intervention Specialist license while pursuing their Masters of Arts in Education (MAE) or taking coursework for adding the licensure through the non-degree licensure program.

For applicants who have a bachelor’s degree but do not have a license to teach, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to provide a graduate route to teacher licensure in Middle Childhood Education for grades 4-9 or to obtain the K-12 Intervention Specialist license.

The coursework will be delivered through a blended course delivery system, combining face-to-face meetings in the classroom and online work. Students meet one or more times with their instructor on campus and then complete and practice skills online and in the classroom, providing for greater flexibility.

“Special education educators are in high demand. It is a field that will continue to need committed individuals who believe in the potential of every student to succeed,” Conrath said. “Otterbein is committed to developing excellent educators who meet the current needs of diverse student populations, including those who receive special education services.”

For more information about Otterbein’s special education licensure programs call 614-823-3210, email grad@otterbein.edu or visit www.otterbein.edu/specialed.

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