Mount Union College Department of Education Offers Early Childhood Intervention Specialist and Mild/Moderate Intervention Spe

April 15, 2010

 

The Mount Union College Department of Education has been awarded a grant by the Ohio Department of Education to begin offering intervention specialist licenses for early childhood and mild/moderate teachers in an effort to provide area school districts with trained educators.

 

This one-year grant has given the College the status of a Charter College of Education, allowing Mount Union to offer the two new alternative educator licenses to currently licensed teachers.

'Mount Union College has been given the opportunity to offer special education licenses to help alleviate the shortage of special education teachers,' said Dr. Linda Burkey, professor of education and chair of the Department of Education at Mount Union. 'This is a great opportunity to offer the alternative educator license in the area of special education in order to provide local schools with the qualified teachers that are in demand.'

Intervention specialist licenses were chosen because they are high-need subject areas identified by the Ohio Department of Education. The early childhood intervention specialist license authorizes educators to teach special needs children from pre-kindergarten through grade three and the mild/moderate intervention specialists are licensed to teach students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

These two licensure areas will provide partner schools, as well as other Ohio schools, with the qualified teachers that are in demand in order to develop the skills of low-achieving students.

Mount Union College's Charter College of Education has partnered with Alliance City Schools and Eastgate Early Childhood and Family Center to prepare teachers for intervention specialist positions in Ohio.

The program, which hopes to accept 20 of 40 prospective candidates, will incorporate classroom education, online coursework and field experiences, completing 24 semester hours in a 10 month time period.

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