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Mild Intervention Certification

A Mild Intervention (special education) certification gives you additional background and education to help you work with all types of learners. Because special education is a high-need area in many schools, this license may provide additional career options.

Program Length

The program is 18 credit hours for those with an Indiana State teacher's license in elementary education.


Flexible classes are offered in multiple modes of delivery: online, hybrid and on campus.


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Additional courses for secondary or all-grade license holders are marked with an *.

An introduction to the characteristics, history, and identification of students with mild disabilities. Particular attention is devoted to understanding disability as a social construct, the impact of labels on children and families, and the concepts of cultural competence and normalization. Strategies of working collaboratively with other professionals and families to optimize the outcomes of the child in the inclusive classroom and community are stressed.

Models of effective instruction for students with diverse learning needs are presented. Emphasis is placed on promoting culturally responsive teaching and strategies to differentiate and adapt instruction to accommodate exceptional learners within the general education classroom. Curriculum that promotes the academic, social, and behavioral competence of students will be demonstrated in addition to data-based instructional systems such as curriculum-based measurement.

Prerequisite: EDUC 572

This course presents various models of formal and informal assessment to discern the needs of students with diverse learning profiles. Assessment and intervention are linked to promote optimal student outcomes. Candidates learn to administer, evaluate, and interpret various tests, rating scales, and classroom-based assessments to determine appropriate instructional strategies. Assessment procedures by other service providers such as occupational therapists are identified. Curriculum-based assessment and measurement are examined as an operational model to inform teaching and learning. Application of assistive technology to support instruction and assessment are explored.

Prerequisites: EDUC 572, 573

This course presents a framework for creating an instructional environment based on positive behavior support and school wide discipline. Knowledge and skills of proactive classroom management to promote the academic, behavioral, and social success of students are presented. These approaches range from the techniques of self-management to collaborative problem solving. Functional assessment and analysis as methods to determine causes of challenging behavior and academic failure are stressed. An overview of conflict resolution curricula is provided with strategies to prevent and manage school-based crises.

This course examines the dynamics of empowerment as a means of developing effective school-family partnerships. Starting from a "system of care" perspective, effective strategies for supporting families as they negotiate educational challenges and for promoting collaboration among the various professionals serving learners and their families are discussed. Required field-based assignments are designed to help participants identify and understand community-based resources beyond their individual school settings.

This class is designed to help both candidates and practicing teachers assess and teach literacy in classrooms. Emphasis is placed on working with students with learning disabilities. Candidates develop proficiency in administering, scoring, and analyzing interest/attitude surveys, individualized reading inventories, and writing samples with a small group of students. Using the results of these diagnostic tools, the candidates designs and implements one-on-one lessons to build on the strengths and meet the needs of students.

Find ways to infuse math across the curriculum. In this highly interactive seminar, strategies are developed to promote the meaningful learning of math concepts. Learn new techniques to incorporate manipulatives, games, critical thinking, and literacy activities to enhance the effectiveness of math lessons.

This is an internship in the student's field of teaching under the direction of a supervisor or mentor teacher.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in education and an instructional teaching license from a regionally accredited institution (prefer nationally accredited institution)
  • 3.0 GPA preferred
  • Completion of the supplemental information on the online application
  • Copy of most recent teaching license


Tuition is $420/credit hour for the 2016-17 academic year. Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students ►

When can I start?

Classes are offered each semester and during the summer. Once accepted into the program, you can start at the beginning of any term. Apply online for the Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction and choose the Mild Intervention from the drop-down box.