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The Special Education Institute at OVU

Increase your teaching credentials and improve the skills you take into your classroom.

The Special Education Institute at Ohio Valley University offers a wide range of fully accredited and state approved courses designed to lead to Special Education Endorsements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Multicategorical (includes BD, LD, and MI)
  • Behavior Disorders (without Autism)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Impairments
  • Autism

Ohio Valley University also offers West Virginia mandated courses in Reading and Math that allow teachers to be considered  “Highly Qualified” teaching professional.

All courses are offered in a blended format using an online course management system, providing maximum flexibility and convenience to teaching professionals.

Contact Jo Pennington  or Karen McConnell at 304.865.6145 for more information today.

Jo Pennington
Dean, College of Education
304.865.6141
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Karen McConnell
Coordinator of Certification & Assessment
304.865.6145
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Program Requirements for The Special Education Institute at OVU

Courses are offered in a blended format using an online course management system.

CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 7, 2017!
Class size is limited to 20 students. Payment must be received in OVU business office no later than one week before classes begin.

APPLY ONLINE NOW!

ADMISSION CRITERIA
To enter the special education endorsement program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in education with current teaching certification in elementary education and/or secondary education with an endorsement in at least one of the following areas: math, language arts, science, or social studies.
  • Have successfully completed the following courses or equivalents:
    • Introduction to Education (Foundations)
    • Survey of Exceptional Children (Introduction to Special Education)
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Educational Psychology or Tests and Measurements
    • Regular Education Student Teaching or Practicum
    • Curriculum K-12 including Differentiated Instruction

ENDORSEMENT CRITERIA
Participants may earn an endorsement in one or more of the following areas:  multi-categorical (includes BD, LD, and MI), behavior disorders (without autism), autism, learning disabilities and/or mental impairments. To complete the special education endorsement, the following criteria must be met:

  • Successful completion of Institute courses. Each curriculum course has a textbook that can be purchased at the Ohio Valley University campus bookstore by calling 304.485.8364 or 800.879.7323.
    • SPED 302 Curriculum and Methods for Behavior Disorders--Without Autism (3 hours)
    • SPED 303 Curriculum and Methods for Learning Disabilities (3 hours)
    • SPED 304 Curriculum and Methods for Mental Impairments (3 hours)
    • SPED 305 General Special Education Planning (3 hours)
    • SPED 306 Assessment in Special Education (3 hours)
    • SPED 307 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (3 hours)
    • Completion of six hours of reading and three hours of math methods coursework.
  • Passing score in the Praxis II test in Special Education for multi-categorical certification in West Virginia:

(0543) Special Education: Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications or the computer version (5543). This new Praxis II test just recently went into effect; only one test is required now. Students from other states need to find out what test(s) are required for them.

  • To register for Praxis II tests go online at www.ets.org/praxis
  • For certification information, contact Karen McConnell at 304.865.6145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Submit WVDE Application for Additional Endorsement, Form 8, $35, and Praxis II scores to Karen McConnell

SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO:
ATTN: Karen McConnell
Ohio Valley University
1 Campus View Drive, Vienna, WV 26105-8000
Ph: 304.865.6145
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Fax: 304-865-6144

FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jo Pennington, School of Education Chair
Ohio Valley University
1 Campus View Drive, Vienna, WV 26105-8000
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Fax: 304.865.6144

REQUIRED ON-CAMPUS SESSIONS
On-campus class sessions will be held on the Ohio Valley University main campus in the Stotts Administrative Center. The Comfort Inn (304.424.5300-Parkersburg North) is the closest hotel to campus. Ask for the special OVU rate when making reservations. Another hotel close to campus is the Wingate Inn (800.228.1000).

IEP-PBIS Workshop-OVU Main Campus
IEP Workshop-mandatory for students in SPED 305, other students are welcome to attend. The workshop will be held on campus on Saturday on a date to be announced by the instructor.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS
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SPECIAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE COSTS
$380.00 per credit hour*

*Does not include Praxis test fees or textbooks 

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
All financial arrangements must be completed one week before the Super Session. If applying for a loan, the loan must be approved one week before the Super Session. Loans can cover textbooks, fees and tuition. Travel expenses (up to $200) can also be included in your loan. Click for more information regarding Financial Aid.

To pay by credit card contact the OVU business office at 304.865.6078. Checks must be received in the Business Office one week before the Super Session, and are payable to Ohio Valley University.