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Intervention Specialist - M.Ed.

COLLEGE: College of Education, Health and Human Services

DEPARTMENT: School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294

For more information contact:
Dr. Melody Tankersley
405 White Hall
DESCRIPTION: The Master of Education in Intervention Specialist consists of nine concentrations: Deaf Education, Early Child Intervention Specialist, Early Education of the Handicapped Endorsement, Educational Interpreting K-12, General Special Education, Gifted, Mild/Moderate Education Needs, Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs and Transition to Work.

Deaf Education provides students with the coursework and field experiences necessary to be licensed as an intervention specialist in the area of deaf education.

The goal of the Early Child Interventional Specialist is to make significant contributions to the early childhood intervention research base through applied and participatory research and to disseminate findings to local, state, national and international forums through publications, presentations and consultation. The program seeks to increase the number of family-guided and culturally responsive personnel to serve young children with disabilities and their families with the skills necessary to participate in the global community, serve as critical consumers and life long learners and operate as effective transdisciplinary team members.

Early Education of the Handicapped Endorsement can be added to any Special Education license, the Early Childhood Education license and/or the Pre-K validation. The endorsement provides teachers with the coursework and field experiences necessary to work effectively with pre-school aged children with disabilities in a variety of settings.

Educational Interpreting K-12 prepares interpreters to work with children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing in an educational setting. Graduates are eligible to receive Ohio licensure in educational interpreting (grades kindergarten to 12). This prepares graduates to interpret in both classroom and non-classroom settings within educational settings and to perform related student support activities, including subject-matter tutoring and other student support tasks under the supervision of a licensed or certified classroom teacher.

General Special Education prepares quality teachers of exceptional learners. Moreover, graduates learn to use evidence-based practices to guide their direct service, support and consultation skills in schools and other agencies as professionals work together with individuals with exceptionalities and their families. 

The Gifted concentration enables educators to obtain an Ohio Endorsement for Gifted Education.

Mild/Moderate Educational Needs provides students with the coursework and field experiences to be licensed, valid for teaching learners—ages five to 21, and grades kindergarten to 12—who have been identified with a disability that requires mild to moderate intervention (e.g. learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities.)

Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs program provides students with the coursework and field experiences necessary to be licensed, valid for teaching learners—ages five to 21, and grades kindergarten to 12—who have been identified with a disability that requires moderate to intensive intervention (e.g. developmental disabilities, multiple disabilities.)

The Transition to Work concentration is for teachers licensed as intervention specialists and vocational educators. This endorsement leads to a single qualification applicable to all former transition roles (e.g., work study, vocational special education, Option IV). With field experience, graduates are prepared to support youth with disabilities in their transition planning and services.

Official transcript(s), goal statement, two letters of recommendation and good moral character verification.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate coursework including at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required. M.Ed. students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the degree.

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