The specialization in Mild/Moderate Special Education prepares intervention specialists to develop, implement, and evaluate individualized programs for children and adolescents ages 5 through 21 who have special academic and social adjustment needs. These individuals are typically identified as having a specific learning disability, mild/moderate mental retardation, or mild/moderate behavioral disorders. At Cleveland State University, students who are working to earn intervention specialist licensure demonstrate diagnostic skills and competencies in the assessment of learners’ academic and social needs. These skills are applied in the development and delivery of instruction in regular and special education classrooms.
Beginning with their initial professional education class, students create and continue to develop professional portfolios. These are used to assess student progress and to demonstrate professional development, eventually becoming a showcase for a student’s teaching competence.
Having met current curriculum guidelines set by the Council for Exceptional Children, the Special Education Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
For 2004-05, the College of Education and Human Services reports a 99 percent passage rate on the national Praxis II qualifying teacher licensure exam for special education. For the same time period, corresponding passage rates on Praxis II Principles of Teaching and Learning Tests for all students in the College ranged from 90 to 100 percent. Moreover, during their initial two years of employment, all program graduates passed the Praxis III Classroom Performance Assessment needed to advance from a two-year provisional to a five-year professional teaching license as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist.
Employment opportunities for Cleveland State University graduates with Ohio intervention specialist licensure to work with students with mild/moderate educational needs are plentiful in Ohio and nationwide. Upon graduation with licensure, new teachers are highly qualified to teach children through grade 6 and are licensed to work with students in kindergarten though the 12th grade. Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialists are employed by both public and private schools.
Full acceptance to the program requires completion of 30 semester hours of course work with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better. Likewise, proficiency in English and mathematics is required as demonstrated by successful completion of ENG 101 and a college-level mathematics course with a minimum grade of C.
In addition to general education requirements, special education majors in the mild/moderate licensure program complete 73 hours of professional education courses that include field experiences, a practicum, and student teaching. Students meet professional standards by maintaining a 2.50 overall grade point average and a 2.75 grade point average in professional education courses. Classes that do not require fieldwork are frequently offered in the evenings. Students must be available for field placements in area schools during the day.
Students are required to complete 120-134 semester hours of course work that includes university, college and major field requirements. Adhering to the recommended sequence outlined below provides a balanced workload and ensures that students will have the proper prerequisites and knowledge to benefit from these courses.
First Semester (16-17 credits)
Second Semester (17 credits)
Third Semester (18 credits)
Fourth Semester (19 credits)
Fifth Semester (16-17 credits)
Sixth Semester (17-18 credits)
Seventh Semester (15 credits)
Eighth Semester (12 credits)
* Course may be used to meet university requirements in more than one area.
The semester course load outlined above may be reduced to accommodate required field experiences and/or personal scheduling needs. This can be accomplished by registering for summer classes and/or extending to five years the time needed to complete program requirements.
For more information, contact:
Education Student Services Center
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1401
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.