Special Education Intervention Specialist K-12 Major

Bachelor of Science Degree

Do you want to nurture the ability to learn?

Intervention specialists provide learning alternatives for children who have mild to moderate learning or emotional disabilities in order to help them be successful. Urbana University provides the ideal environment for you to thrive in your pursuit to become an intervention specialist. At Urbana, you will learn by example from faculty who are, first and foremost, dedicated to student success. By majoring Special Education (Intervention Specialist K-12) at Urbana, you will become a teacher who challenges, encourages and inspires.

Here’s what you’ll LEARN:

As a Special Education major, you’ll complete your degree requirements as a series four “gateways.” In addition to a liberal arts core for education majors, the gateways contain coursework requirements and assessment criteria specific to the teaching area of specialization. Teacher candidates must successfully complete all courses, benchmark assessments and meet the requirements assigned to a gateway in order to progress to the next gateway. You’ll review the gateway requirements periodically with your advisor at each advising session.

The requirements for an Intervention Specialist (Mild/Moderate) license requires you to be highly qualified in reading or one of the four major content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. The content area course requirements must be completed before you can move on to the final group of gateway courses.

You’ll learn through field experiences – as early as sophomore year – as well as a 16-week student teaching capstone during your senior year.

Throughout the program, you’ll be evaluated by credentialed faculty and teachers in the field to ensure you have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable you to welcome all learners, expect high outcomes and inspire self-confidence and drive in all of your students.

As an Urbana University student, you’ll also benefit from public school partnerships in and around Urbana, which often result in job placements for graduates.

Special Education (Intervention Specialist K-12) Gateway 1 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Introduction to Education
  • Education in a Diverse Society   
  • Ohio History       
  • Math for Teachers II
  • Child Development    
  • Intro to Students-Mild/Moderate Needs
  • Early Childhood Gateway 1 (Major Area Courses Only)

Special Education (Intervention Specialist K-12) Gateway 2 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Teaching Phonics   
  • Emergent Reading & Writing
  • Children’s Literature   
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Adolescent Development
  • Cognition, Learning, & Intelligence
  • Role of the Intervention Specialist
  • IS Curriculum Instruction & Assessment

Special Education (Intervention Specialist K-12) Gateway 3 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Technology in Education       
  • Principles of Reading           
  • Reading in the Content Areas       
  • Research, Data, & Measurement   
  • Diagnostic Reading & Remediation   
  • Transition & Career Issues       
  • Evaluating Students w/Special Needs   
  • Instructional Strategies       
  • Management Strategies       
  • Professional & Collaborative Practice

Special Education (Intervention Specialist K-12) Gateway 4 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Professional Growth & Development Clinical Student Teaching

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.
  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between  assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt  effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.
  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a  safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with exceptionalities.
  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for  self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish  effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.
  5. Understands effective instructional practices for students with disabilities to promote success in the general curriculum, including the RtI process.
  6. Understands strategies for teaching social, vocational and academic life skills and promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities.
  7. Understands the development, implementation and monitoring of individualized education programs.