Otterbein is committed to creating great programs to train the next generation of top level teachers. The courses we offer are designed to provide a well-rounded, experiential learning preparing teachers to be successful in the classroom. The following programs are offered at the undergraduate level. For specific course requirements, refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog.
Early Childhood Program Teaching Licensure
Otterbein's Early Childhood Program (B.S.E.) leads to licensure for teaching ages three through eight or pre-kindergarten through grade three.
Candidates must choose one required concentration area from:
Early Childhood 4-5 Generalist (includes endorsement)
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (includes second license)
Specialized Content Strand
Otterbein University Graduate Program in Special Education
The Master of Arts is for licensed teachers (current or expired) who are seeking to earn a master's degree and add licensure in special education. Teachers seeking a master's degree and licensure as an intervention specialist complete a full program which includes core coursework, specialization classes in special education, and a research capstone.
Candidates may choose to take the coursework for adding this licensure without obtaining the MAE through our non-degree licensure program.. Core coursework is not as extensive in this option and the research capstone is not required.
The program is designed to be part-time with classes offered at convenient times and some online coursework. For students who have the necessary prerequisites and begin in the summer, the program can be completed by the end of the following summer. If you choose to obtain your MAE, you will need additional time for your capstone research. If your original licensure area is in AYA or Multi-Age, you may need 3-4 additional reading courses.
The Intervention Specialist license can be earned in two areas; mild/moderate or moderate/intensive. Students can choose one or both licensure areas.