Special Education (Pre)

The focus of the special education program is to produce graduates who enhance and better the lives of individuals with disabilities. The program emphasizes educating teachers to use evidence-based practices and meet licensure requirements for K-12 intervention specialists.


Where It Will Take You

In general, graduates of the special education program work as intervention specialists (teachers) in various K-12 education settings, including schools, hospitals, vocational training facilities and other institutions providing educational services for individuals with disabilities. Some graduates of the special education program work as advocates and/or case managers for social agencies.


One Year Program

This one-year, non-degree, transition program allows students interested in obtaining a BS in special education to start their educations at UC Blue Ash College.

After completing the first year of study, students will transition to the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, for their second year. Then, students will apply to the cohort.


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Contact Information

Behavioral Science Department
Phone: (513) 745-5655
Email: pre-education@ucblueash.edu

Program Details: Special Education (Pre)

Pre-Special Education

What is Pre-Special Education?

The focus of the Special Education Program is to produce graduates who enhance and better the lives of individuals with disabilities. This is focused on educating teachers to use evidence-based practices and meet licensure requirements for K-12 intervention specialists.

Success Factors

Candidates who succeed in special education demonstrate:

  • a history of academic success;
  • the ability to collaborate with others, including those from diverse populations;
  • leadership characteristics;
  • responsible, caring, fair, honest, and ethical behavior;
  • a commitment to social justice and a diverse society;
  • a history of good critical thinking and problem solving;
  • enthusiasm for working with children and adults with disabilities; and
  • a commitment to equity and the betterment of individuals with disabilities.

Career Possibilities

In general, graduates of the Special Education Program work as intervention specialists (teachers) in various K-12 education settings, including schools, hospitals, vocational training facilities and other institutions providing educational services for individuals with disabilities. Some graduates of the Special EducationPprogram work as advocates and/or case managers for social agencies.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for Pre-Special Education via the UCBA advising website: http://www.ucblueash.edu/academics/advising/advisor-list.html.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College is conveniently located in suburban Blue Ash and is accessible from I-75, I-71, I-275, and the Ronald Reagan Highway. We are relatively small, and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient, and our tuition is one of the lowest of the UC colleges.

We also maintain close ties with area schools. In fact, Blue Ash College is the only college campus to hose an elementary school on campus! Ties to our local community are also strengthened by the experiential learning component we recently added to all education courses. You will provide valued assistance in area schools, as you connect learned academic theory to real-world experiences.

Special Programs

In the education programs available at Blue Ash College, students have the opportunity to observe in the schools at an early point in their academic career. Early exposure can be an advantage in determining the age group that a student desires to teach before progressing through a majority of a chosen program.

Freshman Admission Requirements

You may enroll in UC's Blue Ash College if you graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school, or have a GED certificate (minimum composite score of 45). The college's rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring, or summer.

High school students who are considering this program should take either the SAT or ACT college entrance examination for use in guidance and counseling. All students entring a degree program must also take the college's placement tests prior to registering for es.

The Blue Ash College admissions office provides an application for admission and all the information you'll need to enroll in the college. Please go to http://www.ucblueash.edu/admissions/steps.html for more information on applying.

This program is an open admissions program, but in order to proceed to the Bachelor's degree from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, the student must meet the following criteria and apply to the cohort in the second year. Talk to an advisor about the timing and requirements for applying to cohort. Note that admission to a cohort is not guaranteed; when the number of applicants exceeds the number of available openings, the better qualified candidates will be admitted.

To graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.8 university GPA and a 2.8 GPA in content area (3.0 GPA is preferred).
  • Be in good academic standing (that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension).
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted deadline.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Transfer applications are individually reviewed, and acceptance is based on receipt of application materials, as well as official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student's file is complete.

More information on applying as a transfer student can be found at http://www.ucblueash.edu/admissions/steps.html.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

International Student Requirements

Students who did not graduate from a high school in the United States of America must take an ability-to-benefit test and achieve the minimum specified score to be eligible for admission to a degree or certificate program at Blue Ash College. The scores will be used for placement in English courses and general advising for all courses.

Application Deadlines

The college's rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring, or summer. However, financial aid takes six to eight weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undetermined Associate Degree Degree in Pre-Special Education

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Blue Ash College

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

9555 Plainfield Rd
Blue Ash , OH 45236
Phone: 513-745-5655
Behavioral Science Department
pre-education@ucblueash.edu