Special Education

Program Features

The undergraduate program in Special Education prepares students as classroom teachers by providing a foundation in the liberal arts and in child-centered learning and development intervention competencies. The program is theory-based and includes continual field experiences. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas as an Intervention Specialist.

Concentration: Special Education Licensure as an Intervention Specialist

New! The bachelor’s degree concentration in Special Education as a Primary Intervention Specialist P-5 now provides an option to take prerequisite courses for those students interested in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (Candidacy Status).

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Special Education major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • EDUCATION 120: Human Development & Learning ............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101: English Composition ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100: First Year Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100: Introduction to Ethics ............ 3cr.
  • Second Language I ............ 3cr.
  • COMMUNICATIONS 101: Oral Communications ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-curriculum Program I ............ 0cr.

Spring

  • EDUCATION 324: Childrens Lit for Early Childhood ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 201: Intro to Emotionally Dist Child ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 200: Special Ed: Ident. & Issues ............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111 ............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-curriculum Program II ............ 0cr.

Fall

  • EDUCATION 205: Foundations of EDSPED ............ 3cr.
  • EDME 362: Orton Gillingham ............ 3cr.
  • EDEL 260: Cultural Diversity in Education............ 3cr.
  • MATH 211: Foundations of Arithmetic ............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDMS 350: Technology & Topics for Teachers ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 364: DAP Instructional Methods ............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Theology 200 Level ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • MATH 212: GEO & Measurement MCED ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • EDRE 471: Content Area Literacy ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 370: M/I Characteristics & Statistics ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 380: Classroom Management ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 373: M/I Assessment & Eval. ............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDME 354: Montessori Lang Arts & Reading ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 376: M/I Support Services ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 389: Program Practice S/I Disorders ............ 3cr.
  • EDME 353: Montessori Math & Geo Math ............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 372: Communication Strat & Tech ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGLISH 205: Literature & Moral Imagination ............ 3cr.
  • EDRE 478: Diag Corr Reading Disab ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 374: Curriculum Pract: Mod Disab ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 367: SPED Behavior & Society ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 203: SPED Commun & Collab ............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDUCATION 402: M/I Student Teaching ............ 9cr.
  • EDUCATION 401: Teaching Seminar ............ 2cr.
  • CORE 499 ............ 0cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Special Education major at Xavier:

Identification and Issues in Special Education (EDSP 200) - This course provides an overview of national and state policies, the etiology, assessments, classification, and issues of individuals and families with exceptional needs as well as the need for special education services and adaptations to the general education classroom. This course also addresses the process of collaborating to develop and write an individualized education program (IEP) to identify the adaptations and services needed by a student with a disability. Required field experience in diverse settings - 5 field hours.

Introduction to the Emotionally Disturbed Child (EDSP 201) - This course provides an overview of maladaptive behavior in school aged children and adolescents which addresses the psychological and medical factors affecting development. Other areas addressed are: social/emotional/family aspects, adaptive behaviors, social imperceptiveness, social competence, social isolation, learned helplessness, juvenile delinquency, medications, and evaluation of etiological factors - 5 field hours.

Communication and Collaboration (EDSP 203) - Interprofessional care recognizes a culture of respect, concisely clear communication, interdependent care for client-centered outcomes, and integration of services through shared decision making. This course will provide students with an opportunity to practice across disciplines in teams to meet the needs of individuals, families and the community.

Foundations in Early Childhood Special Education (EDSP 205) - Students in this course address the historical and philosophical foundations of services for young children; impact of sensory impairments, physical and health disabilities for individuals, families, and society. Research supported theories and issues concerning early childhood special education practices and methods; identification of at risk needs awareness, IFSP and IEP procedures and issues, developmentally appropriate practices; biological and environmental learning and developmental factors; medical/health issues, responsibilities, training, and implications for learning and prevention for educational settings. Articulation of personal philosophy of special education. CPR and First Aid Training and certification required. Required field experiences in diverse settings - 10 field hours.

Characteristic and Strategies of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (EDSP 360) - This course is designed to provide the students with a basic knowledge of mild to moderate disabilities. The course focuses on definitions and diversity in characteristics (including perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, academic, and social/emotional qualities) for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities as well as the major past and present educational and legal issues relevant to those individuals. Required field experience in diverse settings - 6 field hours.

Clubs

Educators for Justice

Educators for Justice supports education majors/minors and those interested in networking and volunteering with schools, teachers, tutors and more. The club meets once a month and provides opportunities for professional development, service and community building to help students get to know the professional education community in Cincinnati.

Autism Speaks U

Autism Speaks U Xavier's goal is to raise awareness, advocacy, and funds for Autism Speaks. Through such, Autism Speaks U creates a more aware and engaged campus, in issues related to the Autism Spectrum. Volunteer opportunities are shared with club members throughout the year.

Exceptional Student Assemby

Exceptional Student Assembly's purpose is to serve as mentors of student interns enrolled in Project SEARCH on Xavier’s campus in an effort to build social skills and increase campus involvement among individuals in the program. In addition, Exceptional Student Assembly assists Xavier students in developing skills to interact with individuals with disabilities.

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Outcomes

100% of Xavier Education graduates are employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Intervention Specialist, Lead Teacher

Top Employers: Cincinnati Public Schools, Wyoming Schools, and West Clermont Schools

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

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Xavier's program allows students to choose a focus. Whether it is a specialization in P-5 Primary or grades K-12, students are able to positively impact lives by developing a unique background as a Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Intensive or P-5 Intervention Specialist.


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Students gain valuable experience through over 200 hours of classroom observation and teaching in many settings including urban, rural, public and private schools beginning in their freshman year. Xavier has long-term partnerships with over 50 regional school districts where students are placed for field experiences and student teaching.


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Graduate Program

Over a quarter of Xavier education graduates stay for graduate degrees in education including the 30-credit hour program for the MEd in Special Education. Students may add coursework for licensure as part of the degree program in order to become licensed intervention specialists.


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Special Education Major at Xavier University

The Special Education program at Xavier University offers a Bachelor of Science degree and licensure to undergraduate students who complete the requirements for both licensure as an Intervention Specialist and the Bachelor of Science in Special Education concurrently. Students choose licensure concentrations as a Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Intensive or P-5 Primary Intervention Specialist. The Department of Special Education degree programs are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and the licensure programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Education. All programs are accredited by CAEP, the Council for Educator Preparation.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."