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Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Intensive Intervention Specialist K-12 Program

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The K-12 Intervention Specialist Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Otterbein University prepares people who have a bachelor's degree and are interested in earning an initial license in Special Education with the necessary course and field work to become a highly qualified educator.

The Intervention Specialist license can be earned in two areas: mild/moderate or moderate/intensive. Students can choose one or both licensure areas.

K-12 Mild to Moderate  Intervention Specialist License
This licensure area enables you to provide intervention specialist services to students with any kind of mild to moderate disability in grades K-12. With this license, you will work with students who primarily receive their education through the regular classroom with accommodations. You will work in partnership with the classroom teacher or work with students in a small group setting. The student population might include students with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and communication problems. The learners may have mild/moderate emotional disabilities, hearing losses, visual problems or autism spectrum disorders.

K-12 Moderate to Intensive Intervention Specialist Licensure
With this licensure, you will provide intervention services to students with moderate to intensive learning needs in grades K-12. You will serve students with multiple disabilities, moderate to significant cognitive disabilities, hearing/vision programs, or autism spectrum disorders. With this license, you will typically serve students in a resource or special education classroom. You might co-teach in a regular classroom setting or work with students on a life skills curriculum tied to Ohio’s extended content standards. This track is built to ensure that you have the skills to help prepare students with multiple disabilities for successful school and life experiences.

Length of Program

The MAT Intervention Specialist program requires 42-46 hours of graduate work and 8-12 hours of undergraduate education courses. Additional coursework may be required to meet general education requirements.

Licensure

The MAT Special Education program leads to an Ohio Resident Educator K-12 Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist or K-12 Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist License. If interested in licensure in other states, it is the responsibility of the student to see that requirements of other states are met. Information on licensure may be obtained from the Division of Teacher Education and Certification of the Department of Education of the state in question. Teacher licensure is simplified in many states through Interstate Reciprocity Agreements and through graduation from Otterbein University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Most states also require that teachers pass a teacher competency test prior to licensure, e.g. Praxis II.

Scheduling

The MAT program is designed to be a part-time program, with graduate coursework offered evenings and weekends. However, some undergraduate coursework required for licensure may be offered in the daytime or may be taken at another institution. Many of the courses in the Intervention Specialist program are offered in a blended style, meaning that you will meet with your instructor a few times during the semester but most of the coursework will be done online. You will have access to the instructor for questions and clarification of assignments.

The culmination of the program requires a full-time internship in the schools during J-Term and Spring semesters of the final year. Most students complete the MAT in Special Education in two years if they begin in the summer term.

Professional education requirements
EDUC 5000 School & Society: A Reflective Inquiry (3)
EDUC 5100 Educational Psychology (3)
EDUC 5200 Issues in Equity & Multicultural Education (3)
EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents (4)
EDUC 5400 MAT Responsive Schools & Methods Internship (3) 
EDUC 5970 MAT Student Teaching (9)

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Reading Core - 12 Semester Hours
EDUC 1710 Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood (4), or EDUC 1700 Phonics & Language Study: Early Childhood (4)

EDUC 3640 Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction (4)

EDUC 3800 Literacies in the Content Area (4), or EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents 

Major Courses For Mild-Moderate K-12 Intervention Specialist
EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners (3)
EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning (3)
EDUC 5330 Behavior and Learning Environments (3)*
EDUC 5340 Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)*
EDUC 5350 Collaborative Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)*
EDUC 5360 Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3) EDUC 5470 Internship in Special Education (3)* 

Major Courses For Moderate-Intensive K-12 Intervention Specialist
EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners (3)
EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning (3)
EDUC 5330 Behavior and Learning Environments (3)*
EDUC 5341 Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Moderate to Intensive Disabilities (3)*
EDUC 5351 Collaborative Methods for Learners with Moderate to Intensive Disabilities (3)*
EDUC 5361 Alternative Assessment of Students with Moderate/Intensive Needs (3)
EDUC 5470 Internship in Special Education (3)*

When Are These Courses Offered

Below is a sample schedule of the MAT Intervention Specialist K-12 Program.

YEAR 1
Summer Fall Spring
EDUC 5000, School and Society

EDUC 5200, Issues in Equity and Multicultural Education

EDUC 5310, Profiles of Learners 
(EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners OR EDUC 5300, Exceptional Children) 

EDUC 5100, Educational Psychology, with a tutoring/clinical component

EDUC 5380, Literacies for Young Adolescents, with a field component  OR   EDUC 3800*, Literacies in the Content Areas
EDUC 3640, Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction, with a field component (note: 5380 is a pre-req.)

EDUC 5330, Behavior and Learning Environment 

EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning 

(EDUC 5100)

(EDUC 2100, Educational Technology)

(5380, Literacies for Young Adolescents, with a field component OR EDUC 3800)

YEAR 2
Summer Fall Cardinal Term Spring
EDUC 5340/41, Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learning, with a field component 

(EDUC 3800, if not taken already)

(EDUC 2100 Educational Technology)
EDUC 5350/51, Collaborative Methods for Learners with Disabilities, with a field component 

EDUC 5360/61, Assessment and Progress Monitoring/Alternative Assessments 
EDUC 5470, Internship in Special Education (field-based course) EDUC 5970 MAT student teaching (full-time teaching)

*EDUC 3800 is an option to EDUC 5380 (adolescent literacy course)
( ) indicate optional terms course may be scheduled

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Gaby Miller
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614.823.1346
gmiller@otterbein.edu

Amy Featherstone
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614.823.3271
afeatherstone@otterbein.edu

Deb Williams
Admission and Data Management Coordinator
614-823-3270
dwilliams@otterbein.edu