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WC Anticipates Approval for K-12 Special Education Program to Start Fall 2014

Expanded program to Offer Graduates Additional Employment Options

January 12, 2014

Wilmington College will be submitting a program proposal in March to the Ohio Board of Regents seeking approval to offer multi-age (K-12) intervention specialist licensure.

Karin Dyke, assistant professor of education, expects the Education Department will begin offering “this challenging and rewarding new program” in fall 2014.

“There continues to be considerable demand for teachers with teaching credentials in these areas,” she said about the College’s interest in expanding its licensure offerings to teacher education students.

Dyke noted that, upon completing the program, candidates would be eligible for licensure to teach individuals with mild to moderate and/or moderate to intensive special educational needs.

Dyke, who holds a doctor of education degree, moved from the College’s graduate studies program to teach fulltime when, in fall 2013, the College began a new early intervention specialist licensure program (K-3).

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for licensure in teaching children pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade with mild to intensive special education needs. They can become an early childhood intervention specialist in addition to having their pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade early childhood license, she said.

“This provides students with access to a more diverse and plentiful pool of available jobs,” Dyke added.

In related news, the College hired Diane Clouse as a new faculty member for special education. A former adjunct instructor at WC, she is completing her doctorate at the University of Cincinnati and will start with the fall 2014 semester.