Mild to Intensive

The Mild to Intensive Dual License (MIDL) concentration prepares prospective special educators to become licensed by the State of Ohio to teach students with mild/moderate AND moderate/intensive disabilities in any grade, K-12. Being dually licensed in mild/moderate and moderate/intensive needs expands employment opportunities! 

The Mild to Intensive Dual License program engages students in hands-on coursework and field experiences that focus on evidence-based methods for meeting the special educational needs of children and youth with disabilities, ages five to twenty-one (grades k-12). This program is well-suited to a wide range of career interests in terms of where, who, how, and what students prefer to teach. Students are prepared to fulfill a wide range of professional roles that involve working directly with children with disabilities in a variety of settings (general education classrooms; resource or pull-out classrooms; self-contained classrooms; special/alternative schools; hospital and residential settings).

Students in this program gain competence in effective instruction, classroom and behavior management, assessment and evaluation, collaboration with other professionals, assistive technology, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and school-wide multi-tiered systems of support. This program prepares students to meet all requirements for a K-12 special education teaching license in Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs. In addition to working as teachers, some Mild to Intensive graduates secure professional positions in community-based residential and/or vocational programs for adults with disabilities. 


Students interested in this concentration will select Special Education as their major and Mild to Intensive Dual License as their concentration. To be admitted into the Special Education program, a 2.75 GPA is required. Determination of acceptance for freshman seeking application to the program will be based on high school GPA, and transfer GPA will be used in the evaluation of applications for students transferring into SPED from another University or Program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may enroll into the “EHHS General” degree program until they have met GPA requirements (which must include 12 or more KSU credit hours).

Program Requirements

In addition to completing academic coursework, students will also be required to student teach and complete exams as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education. Students will be eligible for Advanced Study once they have:

  • Completed Kent State Core and introductory education coursework with a 2.75 or greater GPA
  • Passed required Praxis Core Examinations (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics)
  • Passed required Non-Academic Dimensions assessment

Students are required to pass Education License Exams for Initial Licensure. Prior to admissions to Advanced Study, students must pass Praxis Core Examinations (reading, writing and mathematics exams) unless they earned the following ACT or SAT Scores:

  • Reading ACT 26 or SAT Verbal 620
  • Writing ACT English 25
  • Mathematics ACT Math 25 or SAT Math 620

Students typically complete the Praxis Core Examinations during the spring of their freshman year or summer between their freshman and sophomore years. Additionally, students will complete licensure exams during their senior year or shortly thereafter. Students will work with their professional advisor in the Vacca Office of Student Services to determine the appropriate exams to complete.

Mild to Intensive Dual License (MIDL) Program Highlights

  • Efficient 125 credit hour bachelor's degree program that can be readily completed in four years
  • Eligible for two special education licenses; expands employment options
  • One-to-one advising each semester to keep you on track and ensure timely graduation
  • Excellent program reputation; graduates are highly sought after
  • Option to add on Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorder or Early Intervention
  • Energetic and passionate faculty who are invested in student success
  • Highly structured special education coursework that begins freshman year
  • Extensive field experiences  enable students to experience a wide range of students, settings, and professional roles
  • Interdisciplinary coursework including general education, speech pathology, and nursing

For more information about the Mild to Intensive concentration, please contact SPED MIDL faculty advisor Dr. Andrew Wiley.

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Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.