Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University to be First in Ohio to Offer Dual Education Licensure Degree

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By: Kathleen Cardwell

File Under: education, special education


CINCINNATI, Ohio (November 15, 2018) – Mount St. Joseph University will offer the first dual education licensure in special education (mild/moderate and moderate/intense) K-12 and early childhood education P-5 in the state of Ohio, beginning in August of 2019.

Students earning this dual licensure degree at the Mount will be qualified to teach all students in P-5 classrooms, including those with special education needs, as well as students with disabilities in grades 6-12.

The dual education licensure program illustrates an important shift in education that suggests educators should be equipped to teach all students in the classroom. According to Kate Doyle, Ph.D., MSJ assistant professor and co-developer of the program, “this dual licensure program will enable students to meet the instructional needs of all students in inclusive settings, including students with disabilities.”

Students in the program will experience both classroom instruction and immersion, including a general education practicum and a special education practicum. Harrison Collier, M.Ed., MSJ chair and director of accreditation, assessment, and clinical experiences, as well as co-developer of the program, believes the classroom experience is critical. “Students will do their student teaching in the same classroom for the entire year, so there is continuity and consistency in their work with their master teacher and with the students.”

Loveland City School District, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Finneytown School District are among the Mount’s valued partners who contributed to the development of this first-of-its-kind program. Sara Gehring, assistant principal at Loveland Middle School, is not surprised by this latest achievement from the Mount.

“The School of Education at the Mount is consistently on the cutting edge in developing relevant degree programs for educators. The faculty and administrators are passionate about equipping teachers to meet the needs of all students, in today’s classrooms and beyond.”

The development of the dual education licensure program was funded by a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children. A second grant for $35,000, received in August from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children, will enable Doyle, Collier, and School of Education Dean Laura Saylor, Ph.D., to offer summits on Universal Design for Learning for partnering school districts and other educators in the region, with the Mount’s dual education licensure program serving as a model.

“This is an incredible pride point and opportunity for us,” said Saylor. “We are grateful to have the support of the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children and we’re eager to get started with the dual licensure degree program. This achievement illustrates the Mount’s reputation in preparing educators to change lives through highly effective teaching practices.”

About the Mount

As a Catholic university rooted in the values of the Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Joseph University excels at serving the common good. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at the Mount are inspired to think beyond the classroom and redraw the bounds of what’s possible for their future. This is accomplished through individualized educational experiences, a safe, secure campus environment, and an all-in commitment to seeing students reach their highest potential. The Mount fosters life-long learners who serve, care, and contribute to the world beyond their front doors.

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