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Special Education Teaching Diploma Programs in Columbus, OH

Jan 22, 2019

The Columbus, Ohio, area has at least 6 colleges that offer special education teaching programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info, and program requirements for 3 of these schools, none more than 11 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Columbus Schools with Special Education Teaching Programs

Students in the Columbus, Ohio, area who want to pursue careers in special education teaching have a variety of schools from which to choose, including 3 no more than 11 miles from downtown Columbus. This article examines those institutions and the programs, and also includes a table of facts about the schools, such as enrollment, graduation rate and tuition. At the end of the article are the names of a few more nearby schools with relevant programs.

  • Ohio State University (OSU) provides bachelor's and master's degree programs in special education and a doctoral program in special education and applied behavior analysis. OSU is 9 miles from the city center.
  • Ohio Dominican University (ODU), 7 miles from downtown Columbus, awards a bachelor's degree in special education that prepares graduates to work as intervention specialists.
  • About 11 miles from downtown, Capital University also offers a Bachelor of Science in Education, Intervention Specialist degree.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors an aspiring special education teacher should consider when choosing a school. The following table showcases important information about these institutions in a way that allows for quick comparison.

Ohio State University Ohio Dominican University Capital University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 59,837 1,714 3,384
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $10,592 in-state,
$29,696 out-of-state
$31,080 $34,600
% of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 80% 99% 100%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 48% 77% 69%
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 94% full-time,
71% part-time
62% full-time 78% full-time
Undergraduate Graduation Rate within 6 Years (students began in 2011)* 83% 47% 59%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Ohio State University

OSU was founded in 1870 and today enrolls more than 59,000 students. The special education programs are offered through the College of Education and Human Ecology and meet Ohio state licensing requirements. The program is accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition to earning the degrees described below, students can earn additional teaching licenses through the college's non-degree licensing and endorsement programs.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Undergraduate students in this program apply to the major in the fall quarter of their sophomore year and begin special education studies the following spring quarter. They must have at least 30 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.0 for admission. Participants select a specialty in early education, mild/moderate intervention, or moderate/intensive intervention. In addition to core requirements, each specialty includes 58 focused credits. For instance, those studying moderate/intensive intervention learn instruction methods for children with severe physical impairments, while those focusing on early education develop assessment skills for young children.

Master of Arts in Special Education

This 34-credit program prepares students to take leadership in special education using the principles of applied behavior analysis. Students may use their training to earn an additional teaching license (an initial teaching license in any area is required for enrollment) as a mild/moderate, moderate/intensive, or early childhood intervention specialist. Alternatively, they can become a board-certified behavior analyst. The program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

PhD in Educational Studies, Special Education

This program combines training in special education with applied behavior analysis, preparing PhD candidates for careers in teaching or research. It is also accredited by ABAI. This program includes a minimum of 63 credit hours and field experience.

Ohio Dominican University

ODU is a small, private Catholic university that was founded in 1911 as a women's college; coed enrollment began in 1964. The school enrolls about 2,000 students and awards both undergraduate and master's degrees. ODU's teacher education program is accredited by NCATE and approved by the Ohio Department of Education. It includes training as a special education teacher, also known in Ohio as an intervention specialist.

Bachelor of Science in Education, Intervention Specialist

This program trains students as K-12 intervention specialists for children with either mild/moderate and/or moderate/intensive educational needs. It's recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. Required coursework for both levels introduces special education, as well as covering child development, nutrition and exercise, reading and language instruction, applied classroom management, and adults with disabilities. Students develop expertise in working with parents and peers, and they participate in supervised field work. There are also specialized studies focusing on mild/moderate interventions and on moderate/intensive interventions. Students can choose to train for one or both licenses, and those who already hold a baccalaureate can take a continuing education version of the program. Graduates are prepared for state licensing to teach special education.

Capital University

Capital University is a small, private university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran church. Founded in 1830, it's one of the oldest and largest Lutheran universities in North America. Capital offers a special education program through its School of Social Sciences and Education, and NCATE accredits this program.

Bachelor of Science in Education, Intervention Education

This program prepares students for licensure as intervention specialists. Specialties include early childhood education for children with mild/moderate needs and K-12 education for children with mild/moderate needs. In addition to major coursework and training, core studies for both specialties explore the use of phonics for student learning; early literacy and children's literature; reading assessment and intervention; family, culture, and community; and integrated learning experiences in math, social science, reading, science, and language. Students must also fulfill student teaching requirements.

Other Options

Students in the Columbus area may also want to consider the special education teaching programs at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, about 29 miles from Columbus in Mount Vernon, or about 45 miles away to Urbana University in Urbana. Finally, there is Cedarville University, about 53 miles from the city in Cedarville.

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