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College of Mount St. Joseph to offer fully online multicultural special education licensure

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The College of Mount St. Joseph will begin offering a fully online second licensure multicultural special education (MSE) for Ohio-licensed teachers beginning in January. 

Multicultural special education is one of the fastest growing areas in education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, enrollment of special education students in kindergarten, elementary and middle school grades is expected to grow faster than in high school grades. As a result, employment of intervention specialists for those grades is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020. The multicultural component meets the unique needs of the growing diversity in the classroom and prepares teachers for the movement to the inclusion model.

“This new, fully online course option allows individuals to expand their teaching opportunities while completing course work at times convenient to them," said Clarissa Rosas, Ph.D., director of the TEAM-MSE program. "They will also benefit from a collaborative approach as they will be part of a cohort of students pursuing the curriculum together throughout the program. We facilitate online opportunities to develop relationships among the cohorts, and faculty enhances learning through personal and professional sharing, support and networking.”

The Mount currently offers an accelerated, blended MSE program (TEAM-MSE) on the main campus, with the next cohort beginning in May, as well as off-site at the Sinclair Courseview campus in Mason. The TEAM-MSE program allows a student to receive a Master of Arts degree with a major in Teaching and a license in special education (K-12) as well as an endorsement for pre-K special education.

With the fully online program, students can earn their Master of Arts degree by attending one additional semester. All prospective students must be certified to teach in Ohio to qualify for the program.
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