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

(Or, 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 to be recommended 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 your Ohio license will be issued on or after July 1, 2017.

You must pass this exam to be recommended for certification.

Ohio requires the passing of content exam(s) and a professional knowledge (pedagogy) exam for licensure. As a student completing a program outside of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education will accept content exam(s) required for certification in WGU's home-state of Utah or content exam(s) required for certification in Ohio. Since Utah does not require a professional knowledge (pedagogy) exam for initial licensure, you will need to pass an Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) pedagogy exam to license in Ohio. 

 

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT

Those 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