Intervention Specialist Licensure: Master of Education in Special Education

Intervention Specialist Licensure: Master of Education in Special Education
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UC Online’s K-12 Intervention Specialist – Mild/Moderate Licensure is a non-degree program designed for individuals holding an initial teaching license from the state of Ohio that would like to obtain a license to teach in the field of special education.

Program Objectives:

The department’s central goal is to prepare you to be a committed, caring, and competent educator who is:

  • Qualified to meet the unique intellectual, social, and emotional needs of children in special education.
  • Reflective and responsible professionals who demonstrate an inquiry orientation toward teaching and professional development.
  • Committed to working with children who are diverse in learning style, ethnicity, language, gender, age, class, physical and intellectual achievement, and family background.
  • Experienced in thinking critically, solving problems, and working collaboratively with children, families, and other professionals.
  • Knowledgeable about disciplinary subject fields, curriculum integration, and technology.

Application Requirements

Candidates who wish to apply to the Intervention Specialist Licensure program must meet the following requirements.

  1. Prerequisite Degree – The applicant must possess a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Minimum GPA – The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the undergraduate level leading to the Bachelor Degree.
  3. Teaching License – The applicant must possess a current valid Ohio teaching licensure or current valid administrator licensure.

Application Process

To apply, use the Tk20 Portal and follow the below process:

Tk20 Account Holders:
  • Sign in to Tk20 with your 6+2
  • On the main menu, click “Applications”
  • Select “Application to Special Education Initial and 2nd Licensure Programs
All Other Applicants:
  • Go to
  • Click “Admissions” at the bottom of the home page.
  • Click “Click here to create your account” at the bottom of the page.
  • Create a guest account (make note of your username and password)
  • Click “Admissions Applications” from the menu.
  • Click “Create New Application”
  • Locate the “Application to Special Education Initial and 2nd Licensure Programs
Items Submitted with Application:
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • One (1) from Immediate Supervisor or Principal
    • One (1) from an individual familiar with your success as a teacher
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work attempted
  • Copies of all valid teaching licensures/certificates


Once you have completed the application, please email [email protected] to let us know your application is ready to be reviewed.

Academic Calendar

Don’t miss out on getting your Intervention Specialist Licensure! For all of the important deadlines and semester start dates, take a look at this program’s academic calendar below.

Interested in knowing all upcoming dates for the year, such as Fall Reading Days, Spring Break, and University–observed holidays? Check out the University of Cincinnati’s comprehensive academic calendar.

FALL 2022
Application Deadline August 8, 2022 December 15, 2022 April 24, 2023
Classes Start August 22, 2022 January 9, 2023 May 8, 2023


The Intervention Specialist Licensure consists of 12 required graduate-level courses or 32 credit hours, of which, 20 credit hours may be directly applied towards the Master’s in Special Education.

LSLS 7005 Phonics Theory and Practice: Early Childhood and Special Education 3 Hours
LSLS 7027 Theory to Practice: Models of Literacy 3 Hours
LSLS 7028 Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Practicum I 3 Hours
LSLS 7029 Literacy Assessment, Instruction, Practicum II 3 Hours
SPED 7001 Overview of Special Education Law 3 Hours
SPED 6002  Working with and Supporting Families 3 Hours
SPED 7006 Assessment and Intervention 3 Hours
SPED 7007 Promoting Positive Behaviors 3 Hours
SPED 7008 Curriculum Planning & Instructional Strategies: Mild to Moderate 3 Hours
SPED 7052 Universal Design for Learning 3 Hours
SPED 7015 Student Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Educational Needs 1 Hour
SPED 7016 Seminar: Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Educational Needs 1 Hour