Special Education Teaching Degree Programs in Cincinnati, OH

Jan 23, 2019

Cincinnati, OH, Schools with Special Education Teaching Degrees

This article looks at three schools that are 30 minutes or less from downtown Cincinnati and the special education programs they offer. There is also a table of information about these institutions, such as size, tuition, the graduation rate and the percentage of first-year students receiving financial aid. Following this table is a listing of some other Cincinnati-area schools with relevant programs.

  • Just about two miles from downtown, The University of Cincinnati offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in special education.
  • Clermont College, around 23 miles from Cincinnati in Batavia, offers an associate's degree program in pre-special education and a bachelor's degree in special education.
  • Approximately four miles from downtown Cincinnati, Xavier University offers a bachelor's degree program and a master's degree program in special education.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding which college to attend need to examine many factors. This table compiles information on all three schools in a way that makes comparison easy.

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Xavier University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 37,155 2,799 6,786
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $11,000 (undergrad, in-state)
$27,334 (undergrad, out-of state)
$14,468 (grad, in-state)
$26,210 (grad, out-of-state)
$5,316 (undergrad, in-state)
$12,548 (undergrad, out-of-state)
$37,230 (undergrad)
$11,082 (graduate)
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 82% 85% 99%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 76% 100%- open admissions 74%
Retention Rate (2017)* 86% of full-time students N/A 84% of full-time students
Graduation Rate (students began in 2011)* 69% 25% 69%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

The special education degree programs available on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati are offered through the School of Education, a component of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. All of the school's education degree programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Students in this program can focus their studies on either the language arts and math or the language arts and natural sciences. Both programs require four years of study and include classes covering subjects such as teaching exceptional children, special education law, educational technology and psychology, phonetics and strategies for teaching students with different levels of disability. Both programs also include real-world teaching experiences. Graduates of the program are eligible to seek licensure to teach students with mild, moderate and intense disabilities.

Master of Education in Special Education

Students in this program can pursue licensure to teach special education with a master's degree online. Core classes in this program, which takes one year to complete, include advanced assistive technology for learning and transition strategies for students with disabilities. Students in this program must write a thesis prior to graduation.

Doctor of Education in Special Education

This program is open to individuals who have at least two years of teaching experience in a special education program. Its curriculum covers topics like statistical data analysis and clinical evaluations. Students must write a dissertation prior to graduation.

Clermont College

Clermont College is a member of the University of Cincinnati System. The college mainly awards associate's degrees but also offers a bachelor's degree in special education.

Associate of Science in Pre-Special Education

Students in this 2-year program may choose to major in the language arts and math or the language arts and natural sciences. Either program's curricula includes a real-world teaching experience. In addition to courses focusing on teaching disabled students, classes in these programs cover topics such as phonetics, special education law and educational technology.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

This 4-year program includes traditional lecture courses, internships and work experiences. Classes cover topics like child development, the foundations of math and science, educational psychology, individuals with exceptionalities and learning strategies for early childhood education classrooms.

Xavier University

Xavier University's special education degree programs are offered through its Department of Secondary and Special Education, a component of the university's College of Social Sciences, Health and Education. The university's education programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Students in this program concentrate their studies to prepare for licensure for teaching early childhood intervention, mild/moderate intervention, or moderate/intensive intervention. The program includes 72-78 credit hours of study in classes such as special education identification and issues, human learning and classroom management. Students also complete a student teaching internship.

Master of Education in Special Education

This program requires completion of 30 credit hours of study and is available in both pre-licensure and non-licensure formats. Core classes in the program cover topics like educational systems organization and the philosophy of education in the U.S. Students must pass a comprehensive exam prior to graduation.

Other School Options

Union Institute and University is located about 2.5 miles from downtown Cincinnati and offers a bachelor's degree program in exceptional student education and a PhD program in which students may choose to investigate a topic of their choice. Located less than eight miles from the center of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joseph offers a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education that prepares students to earn licensure as an intervention specialist.

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