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Intervention Specialist

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts degree in intervention specialist prepares students to become patient and caring teachers for all students, especially those with special needs. Intervention specialists have the option to pursue a license in either early childhood (Pre-K – Grade 3) or mild/moderate (ages 5-21) intervention. 

Intervention specialist majors develop an understanding of effective strategies, legal issues and literacy through coursework, as well as hands-on training and experiences. 

Intervention Specialist Major Quick Facts

The intervention specialist program requires 36 credit hours of coursework specific to the major, with an additional 32 hours to satisfy the requirements for the University’s general education program, the Integrative Core. This allows students to explore areas of study outside their field of interest while developing essential leadership and communication skills that employers value.

Mount Union’s education majors also have several opportunities to gain hands-on experience including:  

  • Multiple field experiences and a semester of student teaching
  • Internships in the field with various schools and organizations including the Spectrum Education Center
  • Opportunities to attend on-campus and regional conferences and professional development workshops

Mount Union’s Department of Education has also received numerous recognitions for the quality and caliber of its programs: 

  • The Department of Education was ranked #2 in Ohio, #6 in the Great Lakes region and #18 in the nation as a best value in College Factual’s 2018 rankings
  • The Department was also recognized as #6 in Ohio and #21 in the Great Lakes region for quality and #12 Ohio and #37 in the Great Lakes region for highest paid graduates
  • Mount Union’s Department of Education programs were cited among institutions with the most popular and most focused programs

Curriculum

The University of Mount Union's Department of Education's CAEP accredited Teacher Education Program prepares candidates for meaningful careers in the field of education. Building upon a solid liberal arts foundation, the Teacher Education Program assists candidates in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective and caring teachers in an ever-changing society. Mount Union's candidates are also prepared to become reflective, lifelong learners.

As an intervention specialist major, you will learn about the characteristics of different types of learners, classrooms, and community settings. Through clinical experience and in-depth courses, you will receive numerous hands-on opportunities to work with and plan for both individuals and groups of students. The intervention specialist major, with additional coursework, will lead to a license in teaching learners with special education needs. Students will choose an area of focus: early childhood intervention specialist or mild/moderate intervention specialist.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

The Teacher Education Program at Mount Union prepares competent, capable and caring teachers. The common objectives developed in all program areas include:

  • Candidates will demonstrate understanding of the subject matter areas and create meaningful learning experiences based on this knowledge.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of each student’s cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development and to create learning opportunities that support student academic development.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to recognize and value student diversity and the differences in how students learn and provide instruction to accommodate such diversity.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to develop instructional plans based on student's needs, curriculum goals and models, subject matter, and community.
  • Candidates will demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and skills and use this expertise to encourage each student to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to create a classroom environment that facilitates learning and a climate that encourages fairness, positive social interactions, active learning, and self-motivation.
  • Candidates will demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, written, technological, and media communication skills to support and enhance student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the role of assessment and the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the skills necessary for self-reflection and use this knowledge to analyze past experiences and pursue professional development opportunities.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with students, candidates, parents, community members, and professional colleagues in order to support student learning and development.
  • Candidates will demonstrate a sense of caring.

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