Through the Department of Education at Mount Union, an NCATE accredited department, you can pursue a rewarding career as an intervention specialist (special education). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of students requiring special education services has grown steadily in recent years for a number of reasons. Today, learning disabilities are being diagnosed at early ages, and opportunities for training and employment for individuals with disabilities are being emphasized through legislation. It’s not surprising that the number of intervention specialists (special education teachers) is expected to increase by 17 percent through 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.
As an intervention specialist major, you will choose between one of two paths: early childhood or mild/moderate. As an early childhood specialist, you will be able to teach learners age three through eight (prekindergarten through grade three) with mild/moderate/intensive education needs. If you pursue a career as a mild/moderate intervention specialist, fulfilling the mild/moderate/intensive education needs of students ages five through 21 (kindergarten through grade 12).
The Department of Education is geared toward assisting candidates in obtaining a teaching appointment. A major or minor in education provides an excellent foundation for careers in a number of areas.