Majors and Minors

Special Education Intervention Specialist: Moderate/Intensive

The specialization in Moderate/Intensive Special Education prepares candidates to work with children and youths ages 5 through 21 who have moderate, severe or profound mental retardation; emotional disorders; or multiple disabilities. At Cleveland State University, students who complete this program are eligible for provisional licensure as a Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist and will demonstrate skill in curriculum design and implementation, interdisciplinary teaming, and working with parents of individuals with exceptional needs. The undergraduate students will also develop competencies in the assessment of the academic and social needs of students with moderate to severe educational and emotional issues. 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 (NCATE) 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 Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Employment opportunities for Cleveland State University graduates with Ohio intervention specialist licensure to work with students with moderate/intensive educational needs are plentiful in Ohio and nationwide. Upon graduation with licensure, new teachers are highly qualified to teach children from age 3 through grade 6 and are licensed to work with students in kindergarten though the 12th grade. Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialists are employed by both public and private schools.

PROGRAM

Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Special Education Intervention Specialist:Moderate/Intensive major .

NOTE: The requirements listed below are unofficial. For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

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 moderate/intensive licensure program complete 80 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.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE FOR MODERATE/INTENSIVE INTERVENTION SPECIALIST PROGRAM

Students are required to complete 127-140 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)
ASC 101 Introduction to University Life
ENG 101 College Writing I
MTH 127 Math for Elementary
and Middle School Teachers I
HIS 101 or 102 Western Civilization
Non-Western Requirement *

Second Semester (17 credits)
ENG 102 College Writing II
MTH 128 Math for Elementary
and Middle School Teachers II
BIO 106 Human Biology in Health and Disease
BIO 107 Human Biology Lab
PSY 220 Child Development
EDB 200 Teaching as a Profession

Third Semester (18 credits)
ART 252 or 253 Intro to Western Art
GEO 100 Intro to Geology
GEO 101 Intro to Geology Lab
EDB 300 Educational Technology
EDB 301 Social Foundations of Education
EDB 302 Psychological Foundations
of Education
MTH 129 Math for Elementary
and Middle School Teachers III

Fourth Semester (19 credits)
PSY 221 Adolescent Psychology
EDC 300 Diversity in Educational Settings
SPH 229 Speech and Language Development
ESE 400 Intro to Special Education
EDL 300 Phonics Assessment and Instruction
EDL 301 Beg/Int Reading Instruction
and Assessment

Fifth Semester (21-22 credits)
ESE 403 Intro Moderate/Severe Educational Needs
ESE 411 Management and Intervention
for Severe Behavior
Arts & Humanities/
African American Requirements *
EDL 305 Content Area Literacy
MUS 301 Music Fundamentals/Methods
ECE 415 Math Instruction in PreK-3

Sixth Semester (17-18 credits)
ESE 410 Diagnostic Assessment
and Multifactored Evaluation
ESE 413 Medical and Intensive Educational Needs
ESE 412 Collaboration Parents and Professionals
HPR 101 Wellness as a Lifestyle
PED 456 PE for Children with Special Needs
Arts and Humanities Requirement
-Literature Course *

Seventh Semester (17 credits)
EST 378 Practicum – Moderate/Intensive
ESE 419 Life Skills Assmnt,
Curriculum and Instruction
ESE 420 Assmnt, Curriculum
& Inst Moderate/Severe
EDL 312 Literature-based Reading for Children
EDC 309 Art Methods for the Classroom Teacher

Eighth Semester (12 credits)
EST 488 Student Teaching-Moderate/Intensive

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* 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
Phone: 216.687.4625
cehs.csuohio.edu

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