Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (Non-Degree)

The Graduate Licensure Preparation Program – Mild/Moderate Educational Needs is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and strive to become licensed through the State of Ohio to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities.

Students with mild/moderate disabilities are distinguished from students with more severe disabilities by greater participation in the general academic curriculum. Mild/moderate disabilities include learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADHD, mild intellectual disabilities, and (when appropriate) autism spectrum disorder.  

Students with mild/moderate (MM) disabilities typically require varying levels of intervention and support in one or more specific areas – academic achievement (e.g., reading, math, content areas); social and emotional learning; adaptive behavior; school success skills; and (in older grades) career training and post-school transition. Students with MM disabilities may be taught in general education classrooms, resource rooms, self-contained classrooms, or special schools, depending on their needs. Mild/Moderate teachers may teach in small groups or one-to-one; they may partner with other educators and school personnel to support students with MM disabilities and, in some cases, general education students who need additional assistance.

Additionally, this program prepares you to meet highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirements for all core academic subject areas (grades K-6), as well as Reading and English/Language Arts (grades 7-12). OPTIONAL: Students interested in obtaining HQT status in additional 7-12 academic areas (Math, Science, Social Studies) will be advised how to do so.

Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcript(s) from Baccalaureate program, minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A statement of personal and professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of a valid (unexpired), Ohio Resident Educator or Professional Teaching License

Spring 2022 Initial Licensure Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Summer 2022 Initial Licensure Application Deadline: February 18, 2022

Fall 2022 Initial Licensure Application Deadline: June 17, 2022

(These deadlines apply only to initial licensure, not additional licensure)

Program Requirements

The MM Graduate Licensure Preparation Program requires a maximum of 65 credit hours (see Plan of Study form below). Past coursework may be considered if appropriate and current, and individuals who already holding a general or special teaching license are required to complete fewer credit hours. You will develop your plan of study with the MM graduate advisor, Dr. Nathan Stevenson (

Combining Licensure with a Master's Degree

If you are interested in a master’s degree in Special Education from KSU in addition to licensure, you must be fully admitted into the master’s program and complete coursework on the master's degree plan of study form in addition to courses that are prescribed for licensure. Completing a master’s degree in special education in addition to licensure will in most cases require an additional 18 credit hours.

 Please contact Dr. Nathan Stevenson for more information about the Mild/Moderate graduate programs.


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.