Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs (Non-Degree)

The Graduate Licensure Preparation Program - Moderate/Intensive is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and strive to become licensed through the State of Ohio to teach students requiring intensive and ongoing special education support. Most often, these will be students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), multiple disabilities and complex health impairments.

Students with moderate/intensive (M/I) educational needs generally do not fully participate in the general education curriculum and require access to a modified curriculum and/or other extensive special education (SPED) supports. Although they may participate in general education classrooms for parts of their day, they are more likely to receive their special education supports within small groups or individually in settings such as resource rooms, or classrooms or programs developed specifically for students with disabilities. Moderate/intensive special educators teach a broad range of skills including academics, adaptive and life skills, self-regulation, and leisure and social skills, and (in older grades) career training and post-school transition. To ensure generalization of skills learned in the classroom, M/I teachers also focus on community based instruction, especially during the middle and high school years.

The Graduate Licensure Preparation Program - M/I 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).

Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcript(s) from Baccalaureate program, minimum 2.75 GPA
  • A statement of personal and professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of a valid (unexpired), Ohio Resident Educator or Professional Teaching License.

Annual Application Deadlines for the Non-Degree SPED Initial Licensure Preparation programs (these deadlines do not apply to additional licensure preparation programs)

Fall Initial Licensure Application Deadline: July 1

Spring Initial Licensure Application Deadline: December 1

Summer Initial Licensure Application Deadline: April 1

For those Seeking Financial Aid:

Please note, the Graduate non-degree licensure programs do not quality for graduate level federal financial aid. Non-degree licensure program students should refer to the post-undergraduate section of the Student Financial Aid website for information on possible federal funding or reach out to the One Stop for Student Services.

Program Requirements

The M/I Graduate Licensure Preparation Program requires a maximum of 68 credit hours. See Plan of Study Form. Past coursework may be considered if appropriate and current, and individuals who already have a general or special teaching license are required to complete fewer credit hours. You will develop your plan of study with the M/I advisor, Dr. Sloane Burgess (

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 the prescribed coursework on the Master's degree plan of study form in addition to the courses 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. Sloane Burgess for more information about Moderate/Intensive 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.