Intervention Specialist (Special Education), B.S.E.

Focus on the needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities through the intervention specialist (special education) program. Integrating material from across grade levels prepares you to teach learners with mild to moderate special needs learning in kindergarten through grade 12. This program results in provisional licensure to teach students who have learning disabilities, mild to moderate disabilities or mild behavior disorders, both in general education classrooms and special education settings.

Program Overview

The intervention specialist program prepares you to be a highly qualified teacher with an understanding of the learner at various ages and stages of development, and from various cultures, socioeconomic levels, ethnic groups and ranges of abilities. You will learn how family diversity (i.e. economic, linguistic, cultural and ethnic lines) impacts the learner, as well as understand how disabilities affect each learner.

As an intervention specialist major, you will both learn and teach in a variety of classrooms, community settings and job sites. These field and clinical experiences provide you with firsthand knowledge of the typical and divergent learner. Through clinical activities, varied field experiences and student teaching, you will have multiple opportunities to plan for groups and individual students.

In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field, and display professional and ethical behavior.


The School of Education and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Generally, Ohio licensure granted in the School of Education and Health Sciences extends to most states. By the end of your first year, you must pass the Praxis I, which assesses reading, writing and mathematics skills. Licensure is contingent on successfully passing a state-mandated exit examination, Praxis II, that tests your knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching, and the content area of specialization. Passing scores for the Praxis II are established by the state of Ohio.

Students completing the intervention specialist program will receive the Ohio Resident Educator License, K-12. Students who graduate from the intervention specialist program meet the Ohio 12-semester-hour reading course requirement.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Catalog.

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in intervention specialist. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.