Licensure Information

Miami's Special Education Online Hybrid Program is fully accredited through the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Our licensure program options include the required coursework to apply for an Ohio K-12 Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist teaching license. Students applying for an Ohio license through Miami may direct any licensure application questions to Miami's Licensure Specialist, Lizz Hurrell, at 513-529-6421.

While Miami participates in licensure of teachers through an interstate agreement, if you plan to teach in another state, you should contact that state's Department of Education teacher licensure or certification office to confirm requirements for that state.

Licensure Assessments

The state of Ohio recognizes that high-quality teachers are developed through high-quality educator preparation programs. Program students are assessed for program continuation via specific academic performance, content standards, and professional dispositions. Benchmarks and specific indicators of competency for continuation are outlined in the student handbook. Two specific measures of graduate success include the Ohio Assessments for Educators and edTPA.

Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE)

OAE tests are required for teacher licensure in Ohio. The assessments include tests of pedagogical knowledge, content, and for anyone applying for licensure on or after July 1, 2017, foundations of reading. Students must pass the OAE Pedagogy Assessment: 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12), the OAE Content Assessment: 043 Special Education, and the OAE 090, Foundations of Reading assessment. Ohio licensure candidates are required to successfully complete only ONE assessment of professional (pedagogical) knowledge for their first license. The addition of other licensure areas or endorsements will require successful completion of the associated content-area and reading assessment as noted above.

Students in special education may take the OAEs before or during student teaching if they student teach spring semester. Talk with your advisor for insights about the content test. Study guides are available in bookstores, and online. Students register for the computer-based exams online. However, all exams must be taken at an official Pearson testing center. For information about test codes, minimum scores, test preparation, registering for tests, etc., please visit:


Students enrolled in the initial certification M.Ed. track (for individuals without teaching credentials) must successfully complete the Ohio Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). edTPA is a pre-service assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

The assessment vendor, Pearson, establishes the due date for the edTPA, typically within the first 8-10 weeks of student teaching. Two release days are provided for students to work on their projects and will be considered excused absences from the classroom.