College to Increase Teacher Licensure Offerings in Special Ed
New Program Provides for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Intervention Specialists
June 6, 2014
WC's new K-12 licensure program in special education offers the unique component of providing for an additional licensure area, which is designed to better prepare teacher education students for inclusive classroom environments.
Wilmington College received state approval to begin offering a course of study leading to teaching licensures in special education from kindergarten through grade 12.
The Ohio Board of Regents approved the College’s plan to offer licensure programs for intervention specialists at the K-12 level serving students with both mild to moderate educational needs and those with more moderate to intense educational needs.
WC earned approval last year for its early childhood intervention specialist program, which covers pre-kindergarten through grade three. The K-12 special education program will begin this fall with faculty members Karin Dyke and Diane Clouse teaching the intervention specialist courses.
Terry Miller, director of Graduate Studies, said the College’s new program provides a unique second licensure aspect that he believes will be especially well received by school districts and enhance the ability of graduates to find good jobs.
The College’s new programs involving the teaching of students with mild to moderate disabilities require a second licensure, such as early childhood education or specific content areas with a major in middle childhood education or adolescent to young adult/multi-age education.
“Graduates of this program will be highly qualified in particular content areas and we feel very employable,” Miller said. “Their employment opportunities will be better with these additional credentials.”