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Elevate Your Career with an Intervention Specialist License

Educators who enjoy helping children may find a career as an intervention specialist highly rewarding. In Ohio, educators with valid standard teaching certificates or licenses can request supplemental licenses in intervention specialist fields while working towards standard licensure in that area.

Dedicated to seeing students further their education through accelerated on-campus and online programs, Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) can help you achieve an intervention specialist degree online. Discover what this job title entails and how you can apply for supplemental licensure in this field. 

What is an Intervention Specialist? 

Intervention specialists help students with mild to moderate disabilities navigate life at school. They may work exclusively with students with physical, emotional, mental, or learning disabilities or serve students who are experiencing various challenges. They may work in classrooms as teachers or special educators and work with elementary or adolescent-age students. 

    Responsibilities of Intervention Specialists

School-based intervention specialists and special education teachers serve students in numerous ways, including:

  • Assessing student performance to establish their specific needs 
  • Creating and adjusting Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for each student
  • Providing students with counsel 
  • Adapting everyday coursework to make it more digestible for struggling students
  • Discussing student progress with family members, teachers, and other professionals 
  • Planning activities specific to student needs and/or abilities
  • Teaching and mentoring students in groups or individually
  • Referring students to specialists, if necessary

Education Requirements for Intervention Specialists  

Generally, you must have a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued license to begin a career as an intervention specialist at a public school. Private schools usually do not require licensure or certification, but most expect you to have a bachelor’s degree. With a master’s degree, you can independently perform other services, such as counseling, to amplify your career. 

MVNU offers an online intervention specialist degree program. This comprehensive program results in a Master of Arts in Education degree and Ohio licensure as an Intervention Specialist for Mild/Moderate Disabilities. 

Pursuing an Intervention Specialist License in Ohio

Between 2020 and 2030, jobs for special education teachers are likely to increase nationwide by 8% overall, providing ample opportunities for graduates to pursue rewarding career paths. Earning a supplemental teaching license while working towards your standard license as an intervention specialist can help pave the way toward an in-demand career in your desired setting.

    Initial One-Year Supplemental License 

To attain a one-year supplemental license, educators must have a currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license and work in a teaching position in an Ohio school or a district that requires the licensure area. They must also successfully finish the content assessment for the licensure area. 

An experienced teacher with a standard teaching license in the same or similar field of study mentors you once you receive the initial license. Be aware that you must complete the supplemental licensure program and achieve the standard license in one content area before seeking a supplemental license in another. 

    Renewing Your Supplemental License 

You can renew the one-year supplemental teaching license twice to complete the program requirements. The Education Department will only replace the license if you have a currently valid Ohio teaching license/certificate and hold a teaching title in an Ohio school or a district that requires the supplemental licensure area. 

    Supplemental License Programs

To be eligible for a standard intervention specialist license, educators must complete one of the two supplemental programs offered in Ohio. One program requires teachers to fulfill reading/phonics and pedagogy coursework in the requested licensure area through an accredited college or university. They must also pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 090, Foundations of Readings exam, and verify successful completion of at least two years of mentored teaching.

Another option includes completing an approved, traditional teacher-preparation program at an accredited college or university and following their path toward licensure. At MVNU, you can achieve the initial Ohio state license as an intervention specialist for mild and moderate disabilities. This program allows working adults to attain an intervention specialist degree online while also offering the class fieldwork required for the license. Our high-quality curriculum builds around the core courses for the M.A.Ed degree, which was named the Best Online Master’s in Education in 2018 by Affordable Colleges Online.

Start Your Career as an Intervention Specialist at MVNU 

When seeking an intervention specialist degree online, turn to MVNU for an affordable, convenient, and quality education. MVNU helps students achieve undergraduate and graduate degrees with flexible courses that fit their busy schedules. For more information on the program offerings for intervention specialists, reach out to us today. 

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