Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K–12)
Earn your licensure.
Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exam.
The program offers students 100+ hours of field experience in addition to student teaching.
A history of excellence.
Notre Dame College Online has successfully trained tomorrow’s educators for nearly a century.
Help students go further in the classroom.
Make an impact in your education career with the online Bachelor of Arts in Education Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K–12) offered by Notre Dame College Online. We are particularly proud of our teaching programs and have successfully trained tomorrow’s educators for years. Today, we are proud to offer our tradition of excellence to students in the online classroom.
The program offers both licensure and non-licensure tracks, allowing you to choose the path that fits your unique career goals. Both tracks feature a comprehensive curriculum that trains you for in-demand topics of your field.
Topics of Study
- Integrated technology
- Educational psychology
- Curriculum principles
- Classroom management
- Developmental reading instruction
- Collaborative teaming
- Assessment of special needs
Both tracks also require ample field experience. You will have the opportunity to complete hands-on training at an educational institution, giving you both real-world experience and the flexibility you need to fit your degree around your life.
If you choose our licensure track, you will graduate ready to take the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams. This will prepare you to work as a licensed specialist within the state or apply for further graduate study. If you choose the non-licensure track, you will be able to pursue advanced roles working with children, such as in childcare centers or museum education programs.
Courses are offered in synchronous classes, allowing you to participate in a program that truly builds community. Our instructors are experts in their field and invested in your personal and professional success.
Because the online B.A. in Education Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist degree is offered fully online, you will be able to keep your work and life commitments while earning the degree you want. Attend class where it is right for you and study at a pace that fits around your needs.
This Program Is Designed for:
- Aspiring educators who wish to become licensed intervention specialists
- Those who want to work in non-licensure intervention careers, such as those in childcare
- Working adults who require a flexible format to earn their degree
Why Notre Dame College
Located in South Euclid, Ohio, Notre Dame College is a small yet vibrant liberal arts Catholic college. We are committed to offering world-class learning both on campus and online with student success as our top priority. Our reputation for excellence is rooted in our variety of degree programs, expert instructors and continuous support of our students. Whether you learn on campus in Ohio or in one of our flexible online degree programs, you’ll experience the exceptional education Notre Dame College is known for.
Courses & Requirements
Your course of study with Notre Dame College Online will help you earn the credential you need to take the next step in your career. Our online B.A. in Education Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K–12) requires a total of 120 credit hours: 30 hours in core curriculum, 1 hour of electives, 13 hours in prerequisites, 26 hours in general content, 9 hours of professional education core and 41 hours of MMIS core.
Foundational studies courses offer students a comprehensive introduction to a range of subject areas and help build skills necessary for academic and personal success. 8-10 of these credits will be fulfilled by the major.
Course Description Credits ED 202Introduction to the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of education, including an understanding of the moral, social and political dimensions of classroom teaching and schools. The focus is on education as a profession. Designed to facilitate career exploration. 3 ED 203Field placement component for ED 202. Twenty hours of observation, one-on-one tutoring or other classroom-related activities on three separate visits to classrooms representing the ECE, MCE and AYA licensure areas. Must be taken concurrently with ED 202. 0.5 ED 204Study of development, learning and instructional theory and its practical application to effective teaching of diverse populations. Explores the psychological foundations of student variability, behavioral and cognitive learning theories, information processing, motivation theories, practices of grading and the evaluation of student learning. The findings of research and current best practices in the above areas are explored in relation to creating a positive classroom environment for learning. Prerequisite: PY 201 or equivalent. 3 ED 205Overview of the life span of students with special learning needs. Focus will be placed on the characteristics in mental, sensory, physical, communicative, social and emotional development that affect learning and adaptive behavior. Discussion of issues related to education, family life and federal and state legislation. Focus will be on the thirteen disabilities in law and how accommodations are made for those students. Prerequisite: PY 201 3 ED 206Approximately 10 hours of observation at an appropriate site, as determined by the instructor and/or Field Placement Director. This course provides time to organize and reflect upon the field experience in classrooms with students with learning differences. Must be taken concurrently with ED 205. 0.5 PY 201This course introduces the science of human behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is placed on the principles, methods and theories of modern psychology. Major topics covered include research design, lifespan development, personality, learning, memory, biopsychology and psychopathology. Prerequisites: None. (Student learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4) 3 Course Description Credits ED 301An intermediate-level course in integrating technology into the classroom, which includes assistive technology that targets diverse and special needs students. Teacher candidates are exposed to basic technology operations for personal and professional use, address the social, ethical and human issues of living in a digital society and implement teaching methodology that promotes technology as a tool in the learning process. 3 ED 341An examination of curriculum principles that impact planning instructional activities for students. Emphasis placed on the Backward Design concept. Prerequisites: Completion of ALL other education coursework and 90 percent of content work. Must be ready to student teach in the one or two semesters following the completion of this course. ED 341 precedes ED 342. 3 ED 475An integrative seminar which focuses on an understanding of current issues affecting education and educational practices in the United States and the role of the professional educator in responding to these issues. Students are required to complete and submit an electronic portfolio prior to the completion of this course. Senior status required. Must be taken immediately before student teaching. 3 Course Description Credits ED 310This course reviews legislated and litigated requirements for special education and related services for individuals with disabilities. Students will explore historical and current issues in providing services for individualizes with disabilities including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Free and Appropriate Education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, and many legal cases that helped to shape the current laws in Special Education. Students will also explore ethical concerns and guidelines. Leadership types and roles of leaders will also be studied to support future special education teachers in their role as team leaders and case managers. Prerequisite: Admission to the Division of Professional Education. 3 ED 221An understanding of the nature and the role of word recognition literacy. This course analyzes phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, structural analysis and morphemic units in decoding, spelling and their application in reading and writing. Knowing how to assess and intervene in word recognition through informal assessments is also investigated. This course should be the first reading course taken. Prerequisites: ED 202, 203, 204, 205, 206. 3 ED 330This course is designed to develop collaborative skills and effective communication practices in working with families of children with disabilities. Specific strategies to more effectively develop collaboration with regular classroom teachers and other school and community personnel will be explored as well as opportunities to practice elements of successful and effective team relationships. The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of the Individual Education Plan team, including the consultative role of professionals in related services. Ten (10) hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: It is recommended that ED 354 be taken before ED 330. 3 ED 335This course is designed to explore the techniques used in the development of successful student reading of subject matter content. This course studies the components of word study, comprehension, writing, teaching for diverse learners (including students who have dyslexia), technology applications, assessment and collaborative techniques for teaching content area materials. Prerequisites: ED 202, 203, 204, 205, 206. 3 ED 352Behavior management techniques and methods of positive behavior support are discussed as well as the theories used to develop basic standards of reinforcement for children with disabilities. Individual and classroom management plans are discussed, including methods of obtaining baseline data to document observable behavior and to initiate problem-solving methods to change inappropriate behavior. Twenty hours of field experience required. 3 ED 353The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of terminology associated with the assessment of individuals with disabilities, including formal and informal measures used to explore a student’s eligibility and referral for special education. Basic methods of referral, screening and placement will be analyzed. Twenty-five hours of field experience required. 3 ED 354Instructional strategies and methods of differentiating for students with mild and moderate disabilities provide both the theoretical and practical aspects of developing an Individual Education Plan for students with special needs. Included in the course is the use of accommodations, methods for planning and monitoring instruction, choosing and developing materials, and integrating technology to ensure that student abilities are acknowledged. Twenty-five (25) hours of field experience required. Must be taken concurrently with ED 357. 3 ED 355A study of assessment and intervention procedures for classroom diagnosis and remediation of reading. There is an emphasis on methods and materials for the correction of reading problems. Last course in ECE, MCE, MMIS reading core. Prerequisites: ED 221, ED 332 and ED 376 Should be taken with ED 380. 3 ED 357Field placement component for the ED 354 course. (MMIS students do not take ED 343; they take ED 354 instead). The planning, teaching and reflection of multiple lessons taught in classrooms or resource rooms to students on individual education plans. Completed under the direction of an Intervention Specialist or classroom teacher. Determined by the instructor and/or field placement director. Must be taken concurrently with ED 354. 1 ED 376A comprehensive approach to the development of reading with a focus on language development, oral communication skills and reading/writing through developmentally, individually and age-appropriate activities for young children. Emphasis on children’s progress in literacy development, appropriate teaching methodologies and the holistic approach to literature and content materials for young learners. Prerequisites: ED 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 221. 3 ED 380Field placement component for the reading core required for all licenses. Thirty hours of observation/activities at an appropriate site, as determined by the instructor and/or field placement director. The study and the administration of multiple assessments from an informal reading inventory for primary, middle and high school students. Should be taken with ED 355. Prerequisites: This is the last of the reading core courses. 1 ED 480Fifteen weeks of student teaching in a charter school in the early childhood classroom (Pre-K–3) under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. All education coursework and content-area coursework must be completed prior to student teaching. Formal application made one semester prior to student teaching. 12 Course Description Credits AR 221Study and practice of fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design using a variety of media. Two two-and-one-half-hour lab periods weekly. 3 CH 120/121An introduction to the principles of inorganic chemistry with emphasis on quantitative relationships, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, chemical equilibrium and chemical kinetics. A weekly one-hour problem/recitation session is required. Prerequisites: One-year high school chemistry or CH 102 and MA 110 or equivalent. One three-hour laboratory period weekly. 4 CH 220/221Study of the structure of the earth, rocks and minerals, continents and ocean basins, weather and climate, and stars and planets. 4 GO 200This course studies the physical, political and economic aspects of the geography of three major regions of the world. 3 HI 110This course will examine the development of the Western World from 1500 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction between European culture and the culture of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia during the periods of colonialism, imperialism and after independence. 3 HI 200A thematic survey of the political, economic, cultural development of American civilization from its inception to the present time. Themes will include the colonial experience, the development of the American nation, the national schism, American expansion, the evolution of American foreign policy, the American reform impulse, the growth of presidential power and American diversity. 3 MA 130General preparation in mathematics for elementary educators. Set theory, problem solving strategies, pattern recognition, numeration systems, number theory, properties of and operations with real numbers. Prerequisite: MA105 or MA110. 3 MA 131General preparation in mathematics for elementary educators. Geometry with emphasis on shapes and measurement, transformational geometry and symmetry, logic, counting methods, permutations and combinations, an introduction to probability and statistics. Prerequisite: MA105 or MA110. 3
Course Description Credits BI 105/106An introductory course designed for NON-SCIENCE majors to fulfill the Core Curriculum in Science or as an elective. Topics addressed include cell structure and function, genetics (including transmission of traits, genetic diseases and genetic engineering), evolution, cell metabolism, diversity of life and ecological and environmental concerns. One three-hour laboratory period weekly, which investigates the topics covered in the lecture. 4 BI 200/201A study of the natural environment from the perspective of biology, chemistry and physics. Includes studies of ecosystems, energy, pollution and its consequences in a technological society. Recommended for elementary education students or for any student to fulfill the Core Requirement in Science One three-hour laboratory period weekly that includes the field study of ecosystems and stresses the scientific method applied to biological, chemical, and physical investigation. 4
Students applying for the online B.A. in Education Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K–12) must meet the following requirements:
- Must hold at least a 2.75 GPA in professional education prerequisite coursework
- Must pass a background check
How to Apply
Students applying for admission to the online B.A. in Education Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K–12) must submit the following materials:
- A complete online application
- Official high school transcripts or GED score
- Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
Costs & Financial Aid
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Component Requirements Cost Per Credit Hour Total Tuition 120 credit hours $530 $63,600 Transfer Credits 90 credit hours $530 $47,700 Total with transfer credits (up to 90) $15,900
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Outcomes & Resources
Learn more about potential careers available after you graduate. Some include:
- Mild/moderate intervention specialist (K–12)
- Preschool teacher
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Benefits of Learning Online
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Frequently Asked Questions
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