How To Apply

Admission to the special education licensure program is not automatic. It requires an application and the successful completion of several requirements. If there are more applicants than available spots, faculty will determine who is admitted.

Application procedures:

Seeking admission to Miami as a first-year student and interested in special education?

You should declare special education as your field of interest on the Miami application. At orientation, you’ll receive additional information and your first-year advisor will provide assistance through the process.

Information about how to apply to Miami

Current student or transfer student?

Complete a pre-major application form online or pick up an application at the Department office when you start classes in the fall. At that time, you’ll be assigned an advisor.

Students will be admitted to the special education program in the first semester of their sophomore year. Please note that a limited number of slots are available. Deadline for submission of materials is September 1st.

Requirements for admission to the program

  • Minimum of 15 hours of coursework with a grade-point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Completion of or enrollment in EDP 201
  • 100 hours of documented service work (volunteer or paid) with persons with disabilities (this may be unpaid OR paid work and may include work completed in JR and SR years of high school)
  • One-page essay. Write a one-page description of your current philosophy of and interest in educating learners with exceptionalities

Steps to follow

  • Declare a special education pre-major (if you are not already listed as such)
  • Apply to the cohort (or major) by September 1 or February 1
  • Applications are taken twice a year
  • Admission to junior year classes is contingent upon entry to the major the prior year
  • Admission is not guaranteed. In the event of competitive applications, acceptance will be based on the quality of all entrance requirements. In some cases, an interview with the candidate may be required.
  • All applicants will be notified of results within one month of application.

Documenting service hours

  • Applicant must provide a letter from a supervisor or other person in charge verifying what the applicant did, when, with whom & where this work was done, and the number of hours, including a name, and contact information.
  • Service may be conducting all in one location or in many locations. In the event of more than one location, letters from each location are required.
  • If your work involves supporting a family member, 50% of your hours may come from this source.

Writing the essay

  • This essay introduces the committee to you and tells us why you want to be an Intervention Specialist, what you believe and what you bring to the major.
  • The essay is scored on both content and writing style.
  • The essay may be single-spaced.

Questions?  Contact Molly Kelly, Undergraduate Advisor, (513) 529-1711 or e-mail at