The Ohio State University at Lima

Special Education Licensure topic of Ohio State Lima open houses April 19 and May 18

The Ohio State University at Lima will hold two Special Education Licensure Open Houses for teachers interested in earning a K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Licensure. The open houses are scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wed., April 19, or Thur., May 18, 2017, in the Student Services Center.

Licensure classes are designed around the working educational professional’s schedule and will be held in the evening or during the summer. The first cohort begins classes June 6, 2017. Interested teachers will be able to apply to the University, learn about financial aid and reserve seats in classes the same night.

Mild to moderate intervention specialists are prepared with the skills and licensed to teach children in grades K-12 who have learning or mild intellectual disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Teachers with this specialization use instructional strategies to develop individual learning plans for students. They also use co-teaching methods to maximize the learning potential for students with disabilities.

“The special education program at Ohio State has prepared teachers and leaders in the field for more than 50 years and we are excited to bring this licensure program within easier reach for the teachers and students in our area,” said Dr. Leah Herner-Patnode, academic program coordinator for Education at Ohio State Lima and an associate professor of Special Education. “Our programs attract students from across the nation who learn how to improve the lives of those with disabilities while earning their accredited teaching credentials in special education.”

The coursework for the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Licensure program will enhance and diversify teaching skills at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. To receive licensure by completing the program of study, students must already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a current state of Ohio teaching certification or license. Exchange of Service schools may qualify for discounted rates.

Each special education licensure program at The Ohio State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.

To RSVP for one of the open houses, visit or contact Amy Langhals, Med, Education program specialist at or (419) 995-8494.
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