Dr. Linda Burkey

Teaching Area(s): Education

The Department of Education provides many opportunities for our teacher candidates to work with a variety of preschool through 12th grade students before they graduate. Their extensive field experiences provide them the ability to develop the craft of teaching.


Through the Department of Education at the University of Mount Union, a CAEP 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 at Mount Union is geared toward assisting candidates in obtaining a teaching position after graduation. A major or minor in any area of education provides an excellent foundation for careers in a number of fields.

Autism Center
Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
Mentor Public Schools
Orange City Schools
Plain Local Schools
Ravenna School District
Southeast Local
Twinsburg School District

Childcare centers
Youth ministry
Human services professions
Corporate training

96% of Intervention Specialist majors from the classes of 2009-2014 were able to start a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school within 6 months of graduation. (from a survey with 84% self-reporting)
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