What will I learn?

What is Special Education, Inclusive (Grades K-12):

Many school-aged children in the United States cannot benefit from the standard curriculum that schools offer. Because of physical, mental, behavioral, learning, or sensory differences, these students require special services to help them learn. Special education is designed to recognize these differences and to set up individualized instructional plans. This program prepares you for licensure as an special education teacher in Ohio Public Schools from kindergarten through grade 12.

Miami's special education program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education with Ohio dual licensure in Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Intensive Disabilities

What are the features of Miami’s program:

Top ranking

For nearly a century, Miami University has been offering programs to prepare teachers for the classroom. Today's preparation focuses on meeting the needs of contemporary schools, families, and communities.

Extensive classroom experience

Classroom experiences begin as easily as your first year through service learning in two of our required courses: Introduction to the Teaching Profession and Theories of Human Development & Learning. School-based field experience begins in earnest sophomore year and continues through a full semester of student teaching. You will be supervised by program faculty and experts in the field.

Professional education sequence

Teaching requires such knowledge as the characteristics of learners, social structures of schools, families and communities, assessment techniques, classroom practices, law, statistics, electronic support systems, curriculum, and resources.

Teaching licensure

Miami's Special Education Program is fully accredited through the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Council for Exceptional Children.

What courses would I take:

As a special education major at Miami, you will take courses in differentiating instruction, universal design for learning, evidence-based instructional methods, behavior management, career and life span education, communication with parents, assessment, and overview of exceptionalities.

This program also requires you to take classes within the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Through the plan's foundation courses, you'll hone skills such as thinking critically, understanding contexts, reflecting and acting, and engaging with other learners. These courses are in the broad discipline areas of English composition, fine arts, humanities, social science, world cultures, natural science, formal reasoning, and in the social foundations of education. The principles and content of the foundation are the basis for the professional education sequence and the content specialization.

What can I do with this major:

With an Inclusive Special Education degree and a license, you'll be able to educate those with physical, mental, behavioral, learning, or sensory differences. Positions in Transition Planning, Case Management, and other possibilities exist as well.

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Health and Society

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$37,379.12 per year
Instructional Fee: USD $13,790.16; Non-Resident Surcharge: USD $20,674.80; General Fee: USD $2,714.16; Career Development Fee: USD $200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 1 February 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Education, Health and Society

210 E. Spring St.,



45056, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL with a minimum score of 550; Pearson Test of English(PTE) with a overall score of 53.

For international students

Completion of formal secondary education in a pre-university curriculum

This education must culminate in the award of a diploma or the issuance of a leaving certificate or matriculation certificate generally recognized as the educational qualification necessary for admission to higher studies.

English Language Requirements:

To be considered for direct admission into an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree program at Miami University, international students whose native language is not English should have earned the following minimum scores:


Internet-based: 80

Paper-based: 550

IELTS (and IELTS Indicator) - Overall band: 6.5

Duolingo English Test - Overall score: 110

PTE Academic - Overall Score: 53

Application deadline: Feb/01 for fall; Dec/01 for spring.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Miami University

Students who are driven to achieve the highest quality education will be given every tool to succeed at Miami University.

  • Diverse selection of quality study programs available
  • Above-average graduate salaries and employment rates
  • Modern, well-maintained facilities cater to every need
  • Many internship and study-abroad opportunities

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