K-12 Master of Arts in Teaching Intervention Specialist Program

Intervention Specialists see the possibilities in every child. Otterbein University will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to meet the needs of every student. The K-12 Intervention Specialist Master of Arts in Teaching program at Otterbein prepares students who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in earning an initial license in Special Education with the necessary course and field work to become a highly qualified educator. Students in Otterbein’s Master of Arts in Teaching program typically complete the program in two years, and enjoy flexible scheduling with blended course designs.

The Intervention Specialist license can be earned in two areas; Mild/Moderate or Moderate /Intensive. Students can choose one or both licensure areas.

K-12 Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist License

This licensure area enables you to provide intervention specialist services to students with any kind of mild to moderate disability in grades K-12. With this license, you will work with students who primarily receive their education through the regular classroom with accommodations. You will work in partnership with the classroom teacher or work with students in a small group setting. The student population might include students with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and communication problems. The learners may have mild/moderate emotional disabilities, hearing losses, visual problems or autism spectrum disorders.

K-12 Moderate to Intensive Intervention Specialist Licensure

With this licensure, you will provide intervention services to students with moderate to intensive learning needs in grades K-12. You will serve students with multiple disabilities, moderate to significant cognitive disabilities, hearing/vision programs, or autism spectrum disorders. With this license, you will typically serve students in a resource or special education classroom. You might co-teach in a regular classroom setting or work with students on a life skills curriculum tied to Ohio’s extended content standards. This track is built to ensure that you have the skills to help prepare students with multiple disabilities for successful school and life experiences.

Scheduling for the MAT Intervention Specialist Program

Many of the courses in the Intervention Specialist program are offered in a blended style, meaning that students will meet face to face during the semester, with online assignments and readings.

The culmination of the program requires a full-time internship in the schools and a full time student teaching semester. Most students complete the MAT in Special Education in two years if they begin in the summer term.

 Professional education requirements

  • EDUC 5000 School & Society: A Reflective Inquiry (3)
  • EDUC 5100 Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDUC 5200 Issues in Equity & Multicultural Education (3)
  • EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents (4)
  • EDUC 5400 MAT Responsive Schools & Methods Internship (3)
  • EDUC 5970 MAT Student Teaching (9)

Reading Core - 12 hours

  • EDUC 1710 Phonics & Language Study - Middle Childhood (4), OR EDUC 1700 Phonics & Language Study - Early Childhood (4)
  • EDUC 3640 Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction (4) OR EDUC 6580 Language Arts Methods in the Classroom (4)
  • EDUC 6640 Reading Assessment and Instruction (3) AND EDUC 6650 Research-Based Reading and Writing (3)
  • EDUC 3800 Literacies in the Content Area (4), OR EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents

Major Courses For Mild-Moderate K-12 Intervention Specialist

  • EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners (3)
  • EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning (3)
  • EDUC 5330 Behavior and Learning Environments (3)*
  • EDUC 5340 Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)*
  • EDUC 5350 Collaborative Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)*
  • EDUC 5360 Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)
  • EDUC 5470 Internship in Special Education (3)*

Major Courses For Moderate-Intensive K-12 Intervention Specialist

  • EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners (3)
  • EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning (3)
  • EDUC 5330 Behavior and Learning Environments (3)*
  • EDUC 5341 Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)*
  • EDUC 5351 Collaborative Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)*
  • EDUC 5361 Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3)
  • EDUC 5470 Internship in Special Education (3)*

Sample schedule of the Otterbein
MAT Intervention Specialist K-12 Program

Year 1

   

 Summer

Fall

Spring 

EDUC 5000, School and Society

EDUC 5200
, Issues in Equity and Multicultural Education

EDUC 5310
, Profiles of Learners

EDUC 6780
, Assistive Technology
(EDUC 5100, Educational Psychology, with a tutoring/clinical component)

(EDUC 5380, Literacies for Young Adolescents, with a field component
-OR-
EDUC 3800*
, Literacies in the Content Areas)

(EDUC 3640, Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction, with a field component
-OR-
EDUC 6580
Language Arts Methods in the Intermediate Classroom)           
EDUC 5330, Behavior and Learning Environment

EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning

(EDUC 2100, Educational Technology)

(EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents)

**EDUC 6640 AND EDUC 6650 Reading Endorsement Courses – subsequent Saturday Mornings
     

Year 2

   

 Summer

 Fall

 Spring

EDUC 5340/41, Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learning, with a field component

(EDUC 3800)

(EDUC 2100 Educational Technology)

EDUC 5350/51, Collaborative Methods for Learners with Disabilities, with a field component

EDUC 5360/61, Assessment and Progress Monitoring/Alternative Assessments

EDUC 5470, Internship in Special Education (field-based course)
EDUC 5970 MAT student teaching (full-time teaching)

*EDUC 3800 is an option to EDUC 5380 (adolescent literacy course)
( ) indicate optional terms course may be scheduled