School of Intervention Services
Graduate Degrees in Special Education
The School of Intervention Services (SIS) offers a number of licensure programs and Masters programs in special education. Candidates may complete course work to meet Ohio licensure requirements for: Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist or Moderate-Intensive Intervention Specialist. In addition, a Transition-to-Work endorsement program is available to candidates who hold an Intervention Specialist or Career-Technical teaching license.
Candidates interested in pursuing a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Special Education can select form the following five areas of specialization: Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist, Moderate-Intensive Intervention Specialist, Autism, Assistive Technology, and Transition-to-Work. Students in the master's degree program are required to complete a minimum of 33 course hours at the 600-level.
The Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist Licensure Program is designed to provide specialized training in theoretical foundations and in practical technical skills for individuals planning to teach children and adolescents (grades K-12) who have mild disabilities (learning disabilities) to moderate disability (developmentally disabilities). Students enrolled in this specialization become knowledgeable in assessment/evaluation of disabilities, development of service options, curriculum alternatives and modifications, behavior management, transitioning, computer and technical applications, collaboration skills for working with parents and other professionals, current trends and issues, and research.
Individuals who enter the Moderate-Intensive Intervention Specialist Program will receive specialized training in characteristics, assessment, and identification of students with moderate (emotional and behavioral disorders) to intensive (multiple disorders) disabilities. They will learn academic and behavior management methods, adapted curriculum alternatives and modifications, physical and medical management options, transitioning, computer and technical applications, collaboration skills for working with parents and other professionals, and current trends and issues.
The Autism Certificate Program BGSU is interdisciplinary and provides candidates with skills and understanding for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The purpose of the certificate program is to offer professional development opportunities for special educators, general educators, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, rehabilitation counselors, medical personnel, and educational consultants, who want to support the growth development, and learning of individuals with ASD. The certificate program consists of five courses that can be completed in two years. This is a university certificate program that does not lead to teaching licensure.
The M.Ed. in Special Education with an Emphasis in Assistive Technology program is offered online and is designed to prepare teachers and other professional to support students with disabilities by using assistive technology. Candidates will develop the skills needed to supervise individuals with disabilities, and work effectively with their parents, teachers, professionals, and school districts in seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments. The program does not lead to teaching licensure, and can be completed in two years.
The Transition-to-Work Endorsement is designed to prepare secondary educators with advanced training in transition. The TTW endorsement can be added to an intervention specialist or career-technical teaching license. Candidates complete courses across three disciplines - special education, career-technical, and rehabilitation counseling - and may choose to complete endorsement course work as part of a master's degree program.
Applicants seeking admission to the masters degree programs in Special Education must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate College Admissions webpage.
The following application materials are required:
- Online application for admission to the Graduate College
- Two official copies of all Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts sent to Graduate College
- $45 application fee for domestic students. $75 non-refundable application fee for International Students.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores or Praxis II scores
- TOEFL scores if the applicant's native language is not English
- Completed a licensure form with a Good Moral Character Statement of Assurance
- Submitted two (3) letters of recommendation
- Statement of Professional Objectives describing the applicant's motivation for pursuing graduate study
Admission decisions will be made at the discretion of the Coordinator/Graduate Faculty Committee based on consideration of the following:
- Applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or complete the degree prior to enrollment.
- Applicants must have cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or better and a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.7 for regular admission.
- Scores for the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Alternatively, a Praxis II test should be passed based on Ohio cut-off scores.
- Letters of recommendation and Statement of Professional Objectives will also be considered in the admission decision process.
For more information contact:
Jeanne Novak, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Special Education
School of Intervention Services
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403