Teacher and Leader Prep:
The Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, and Kent State University are teaming with the CEEDAR Center to enhance teacher preparation in Ohio by developing dual licensure programs in middle childhood/intervention specialist. These dual licensure programs emphasize the inclusion of evidence-based practices to ensure that teacher graduates exiting educator preparation programs in the state can make effective decisions and use effective practices that improve outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities.
Recognizing that the existing licensure structures present challenges for educator preparation redesign, the Deans Compact added a policy committee to the Compact framework to examine licensure/certification and make recommendations to prepare educator preparation in Ohio for a future in which inclusive education prevails. The policy committee includes representation from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Higher Education, institutions of higher education, and the P-12 public educational sector.
Ohio/CEEDAR IHEs revised program curricula and course syllabi using Innovation Configurations to emphasize inclusive education through the use of evidence-based practices. The University of Dayton received program approval and began implementing the revised dual licensure program in fall 2016. The University of Cincinnati and Kent State University are preparing to submit their redesigned programs for state approval in Spring 2017.