Mount Union Grants First Special Education Licenses

June 02, 2010

The Special Education Charter College Grant celebrated one last time on Wednesday, June 20 before the first group of 19 candidates received special education licenses on June 30.

During the evening, the candidates were interviewed by various faculty members of the program regarding their development as special educators. The candidates completed course and program reviews, and it was also a time to socialize and celebrate the past year's accomplishments.

Mount Union has added the intervention specialist as a new major and minor as well as teaching licensure program for the fall of 2007. The major includes coursework in teaching learners with special education needs. Candidates will also choose an area of focus. These areas include early childhood intervention specialist or mild/moderate intervention specialist.

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

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

As a result of the intensive program, students learned everything from 'planning, designing strategies, implementing, assessing and reflecting to behavior modification, communicating with families and other professionals and writing IEPs' said candidate Gina Truxall.

Some of the candidates received teaching positions as a direct result of the intervention specialist curriculum.

'Being a part of the program has opened up a whole new avenue of career opportunities for me,' said Lindsey Buckel. 'I will be teaching third, fourth and fifth grade special education students at Damascus Elementary in an inclusion-type setting.'

Truxall said that being a part of the pilot program also aided her in finding a job in the Ohio region. 'I was an individual small group instructor at Alliance Middle School last semester,' she said. 'I was a tutor in four inclusion classes and a resource instructor for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.'

Working closely throughout the year, students and staff have a special bond. Buckel stated that 'it was like having a whole new family.'

Truxall also noted that the program instructors were 'passionate and dedicated to the field. They made us work, investigate and reflect. It definitely was challenging, as well as eye opening. I know we've formed a bond during the coursework and we'll each be there for one another, students and professors alike.'


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