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C-DAP | Otterbein Bachelor's Plus Program

This pathway primarily focuses on current ESC of Central Ohio employees or Member District employees who hold a bachelor's degree in any field other than education. The ESC has partnered with Otterbein University to offer these individuals an opportunity to attain an Intervention Specialist (IS) license through a Bachelor’s plus program which will be delivered in a hybrid model over an 18-month period starting August 2023.

Application Timeline

The ESC / District application window for this pathway is open June 20 - August 14, 2023.

The Otterbein University application window is open June 20 – August 14, 2023,

*Note you need to receive permission to apply from either the ESC of Central Ohio or an ESC of Central Ohio Member district to participate in this program.

Program Start Date

The program start date is August 21, 2023.

What is a Bachelor's Plus Program?

Otterbein offers coursework and field experiences that will lead to an Intervention Specialist license in either mild/moderate or moderate/intensive. This coursework will be offered both in-person and online throughout the program.

Employee Participation Requirements

Employees must meet the following requirements:

ESC Requirements
  • Must be working as an ESC Teacher Assistant or Pool Substitute.
  • Receive a recommendation from their coordinator.
  • Complete the ESC intent application.
  • Sign the contract.
Member District Staff Requirements
  • These are determined by each individual member district.
Otterbein University Requirements
  • Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree and provide official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required.  
  • An interview with the graduate education recruiter.
  • Submit test scores. Click here to see qualifying scores or Take Accuplacer as part of the application process. 

Course Delivery Model

Hybrid. Classes will be online and in-person. All in-person classes will be in the evenings or early Saturday mornings.

Program Timeline

Total time to degree and licensure: 18 Months
 Interested staff members please contact your District Student Services Director or ESC coordinator to express interest.

Frequently Asked Questions for ESC Employees

How long do I have to be employed by the ESC of Central Ohio to qualify for this program?
6 months.

What is the delivery model for courses at Otterbein?
Hybrid. Both in-person and online.

Will the ESC provide technology for use during my degree program?
Yes, degree participants will be issued a laptop.

What courses are required to begin the Bachelor's Plus program?
Otterbein University will complete an individualized transcript audit to identify if courses are required prior to starting the Bachelor’s Plus Program. 

What type of support is provided from Otterbein?
Personalized application assistance. Monthly virtual office hours

What type of support is provided by the ESC of Central Ohio?
The ESC will provide support in partnership with Otterbein. The ESC will hold monthly office hours to support employees.

Is there an employment commitment with the ESC of Central Ohio upon completing the degree pathway to Special Education licensure?
Yes, all employees that participate in this program are required to work for the ESC for 3 years after the completion of the degree program.

Will I be required to repay the ESC of Central Ohio if I do not fulfill the 3-year post-degree employment requirement of 3 years?
Yes, please review the agreement link.

What is the average timeline to complete the Bachelor’s Plus program?
18 months.

Does the ESC cover any Otterbein application expenses?
Yes, the ESC provides funds to cover the application fee and transcript request.

Can I work on Otterbein coursework during my workday?
No, university coursework is to be completed after or before your 7.5-hour contract day.

Will I continue to get paid for my contracted ESC position while completing the coursework through Otterbein?
Yes, you will still get paid by the ESC for your contracted position.

Frequently Asked Questions for Member Districts

What is the delivery model for courses at Otterbein?
Hybrid. Both in-person and online
 
What courses are required to begin the program?
Otterbein University will complete an individualized transcript audit to identify if courses are required prior to starting the Bachelor’s Plus Program.  
 
What type of support is provided by Otterbein?
Personalized application assistance. Monthly virtual office hours
 
What type of support is provided by the ESC of Central Ohio?
The ESC will provide support in partnership with Otterbein. The ESC will hold monthly office hours to support cohort members.
 
What is the timeline to complete the Otterbein Bachelor’s Plus program?
18 months.
 
Can I work on Otterbein coursework during my workday?
No, university coursework is to be completed before or after your contract day.

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact [email protected].