OH MS Special Education Certification and Exam Requirements - Direct Pathway

LICENSE AND EXAM REQUIREMENTS

Endorsement Available for Graduates of WGU's MS Special Education Program: Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate Needs K-12

Graduates of WGU's MS Special Education program will be eligible for Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12 teacher licensure in Ohio. Upon certification, graduates will be qualified to provide collaborative/consultative instructional services for mild/moderate special education students at all levels.

Note: In order to be the primary instructor teaching core content areas to special education students, you must be Highly Qualified to teach those core academic subjects. Further information on Highly Qualified requirements for special education teachers in Ohio is located here

Special Education Certification Exam Requirements:

 

1) Content Exam: Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications or OAE Special Education (043)  

Note: The Praxis 5543 also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement

(Alternatively, if passed prior to 9/3/2013, Praxis II 0354 (paper) or 5354 (computer) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications OR, if passed prior to 9/1/2010, Praxis II 0353, Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge)

You must pass this exam before WGU's Licensure Office can recommend you for certification.

 

2) WGU Program RequirementPraxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)

You must pass this exam to graduate.

3) Pedagogy Exam:  OAE Foundations of Reading (090)*

*You must pass OAE Foundations of Reading (090) if Ohio will issue your license on or after July 1, 2017.

You must pass this exam before WGU's Licensure Office can recommend you for certification.

 

* NOTE: If you did not pass an OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge exam previously, Ohio requires you to pass an OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge exam to license in Ohio. You must pass the 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (Pk-12) exam if you have not already satisfied this requirement.

 

 

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT

Students who matriculate in the MS Special Education program after March 1, 2010 will complete 240 in-class clock hours of supervised practicum in elementary and secondary special education classrooms as part of their capstone project. 

 

Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in Ohio
Registering for Praxis Exams

Registering for State Required Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Adding an Endorsement to an Ohio Teaching License
Applying for your Ohio Teaching License 



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Article Number: 20022, 1982