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Mount Union College Announces New Major for Fall 2007

October 20, 2006

The Department of Education at Mount Union College is adding a new major to its curriculum. Beginning in the 2007 Fall Semester, students will have the opportunity to pursue a major, minor and teaching license in intervention specialist (special education).

The intervention specialist major, with additional coursework, will lead to a license in teaching learners with special education needs. The candidates will major in intervention specialist and minor in an area of their choice. The candidates will also choose an area of focus, either early childhood intervention specialist or mild/moderate intervention specialist.

'We are pleased to offer a new special education major that leads to the intervention specialist license and to have the opportunity to help alleviate the shortage of special education teachers,' said Dr. Linda Burkey, professor of education and chair of the Department of Education. 'Having the opportunity to offer this license will provide local schools the qualified teachers that are in demand.

The early childhood intervention specialist teaching license is valid for teaching learners with mild, moderate and intensive education needs from ages three through eight and prekindergarten through grade three.

The mild/moderate intervention specialist teaching license is valid for teaching learners with mild/moderate education needs from ages five through 21 and kindergarten through grade twelve.

At the end of the summer, the Department of Education was awarded a one-year grant and the status of a Charter College of Education by the Ohio Department of Education and began offering intervention specialist licenses to currently licensed teachers this fall.

'This program has been a great success,' said Burkey. 'Now we have the opportunity to offer this in-demand program to our undergraduate students as well.'

In addition to the new license, the Department of Education also offers majors in early childhood education and middle childhood education, as well as minors in multiage education and adolescence to young adult education, all leading to licensure.

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