Special Education | Mount St. Joseph University

Special Education majors can work as consultants, and teach students with exceptionalities, ages 5 through 21.

The Special Education program prepares students to work as consultants and teachers of students with exceptionalities, ages 5-21. They develop the knowledge and skills to design curriculum, instruction and learning environments based on varying student factors.

Featured Courses:

Special education majors select coursework that enhances their understanding of the breadth of their licensure area. Such courses include:

  • Communication Development and Disorders
  • Human Exceptionalities
  • Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education
  • Teaching in an Inclusive Setting
  • Curriculum and Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Needs

Career Potential:

The program prepares intervention specialists to work in a variety of settings to help students with learning or behavioral needs. The intervention specialist's role in supporting students in inclusive settings is critical. This program ensures that graduates are prepared to work in collaborative and consulting roles, based on training and field experiences in both general education and non-categorical special education. Careers may include:

  • Consulting with regular educators
  • Teaching in a special education resource classroom
  • Team teaching in the regular classroom
  • Providing special education services in the home or specialized setting

Hands-On Experience:

Mount graduates enter the workforce with hands-on teaching experience from ample practicum and student teaching requirements. Candidates are placed in a variety of school settings with diverse population of students.

The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Technology is infused throughout required coursework.

For additional information, please contact the School of Education at 513-244-4801.

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent special education program news and events; visit the department of undergraduate education page. 

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  • Photo of Harrison Collier Harrison Collier

    Undergraduate Chair- School of Education Director of Clinical Experiences, Assessment Coordinator

  • Photo of Laura Saylor Laura Saylor

    Dean of Education, Program Director, Assistant Professor

  • Photo of Cynthia Shibinski Cynthia Shibinski


  • Photo of Kate Doyle Kate Doyle

    Graduate Special Education Program Director, Assistant Professor