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Special Education Mild/Moderate Needs Additional Licensure Preparation - Non-Degree

Special Education Mild-Moderate Needs Additional Licensure Preparation program provides a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning, including specialized instruction, classroom management and assessment.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Special Education Mild/Moderate Needs Additional Licensure Preparation non-degree program will prepare students to obtain an additional Special Education Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (Ohio Intervention Specialist) license. This program is designed for individuals who have a current teaching license and want to become licensed through the State of Ohio to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities, grades K-12.

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 (in certain cases) autism spectrum disorder.

Completion of the coursework is a prerequisite to being recommended by Kent State University for licensure, and licenses are granted by the Ohio Department of Education.

This program does not culminate in a master's degree. Students interested in a master's degree at Kent State must be fully admitted into and complete the requirements for the master's program, in addition to courses that are prescribed here for licensure. Completing a master's degree in special education in addition to licensure will in most cases require an additional 15-18 credit hours.

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.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form
  • Evidence of valid four-year Resident Educator or five-year Professional State of Ohio teaching license (no longer required starting with spring 2025 admission term)
  • Starting with spring 2025 admission term: Evidence of valid Resident Educator or Professional State of Ohio teaching license

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadline: July 1
  • Spring Semester
    • Priority deadline: December 1
  • Summer Term
    • Priority deadline: April 1

Applications submitted by these deadlines will receive the strongest consideration for admission.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Completers of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of
    1. learner development and individual learning differences;
    2. the learning environment; curricular content knowledge;
    3. assessment;
    4. instructional planning and strategies; and
    5. professional practice and collaboration.
  2. Demonstrate the dispositions necessary to be a successful special education teacher/professional.
  3. Demonstrate preparation for the profession by successfully completing the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Special Education Assessment.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Licensure Requirements (min C/S grade required in all courses)
SPED 24000INCLUSIVE PRACTICES 3
SPED 53010FAMILY AND PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION 3
SPED 53021ASSESSMENT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 53030APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS I: THEORY AND TECHNIQUES 3
SPED 53031APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS II: APPLICATION 3
SPED 53040LANGUAGE AND READING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 53050CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDENTS WITH MILD/MODERATE INTERVENTION NEEDS 3
SPED 53062CURRICULUM METHODS MILD/MODERATE INTERVENTION 3
SPED 53070PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING FOR TRANSITIONS 3
SPED 63092FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
SPED 63992STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 4
SPED 64951DEVELOPING AN INDIVIDUALIZED FAMILY SERVICE PLAN AND INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:37

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 3.000
  • Additional Coursework: An analysis of additional content-area coursework required at the post-undergraduate level will be completed before entering into the program, and a Plan of Study will be created based on transcript analysis and current licensure requirements by the Ohio Department of Education. A minimum C grade is required in each of these courses. This coursework would be in addition to requirements for the Special Education non-degree program.

Licensure Information

Prior to program completion, the candidate must demonstrate proficiencies in the following areas (including but not limited to): data literacy and analysis; use of research and assessment data; leadership and collaboration; utilizing and supporting appropriate technology for the discipline; and application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.

Candidates seeking Ohio teaching licensure are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for licensure from the Ohio Department of Education. The candidate must earn the qualifying score on the Ohio Assessments for Educators. Students should consult the Special Education Department for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Special education teachers, all other

8.5%

much faster than the average

36,600

number of jobs

$62,820

potential earnings

Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

2.9%

slower than the average

193,000

number of jobs

$60,620

potential earnings

Special education teachers, middle school

2.6%

slower than the average

84,700

number of jobs

$61,820

potential earnings

Special education teachers, secondary school

3.2%

about as fast as the average

143,000

number of jobs

$62,320

potential earnings

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

3.6%

about as fast as the average

1,395,900

number of jobs

$28,900

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.