Department of Teacher Education

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist

Early Childhood Intervention

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Intervention Specialist major is designed to prepare teacher candidates to work with children from birth to age 8 who have special needs. In addition to Ohio licensure as an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, this concentration provides course work and fieldwork needed for the Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities (MR/DD) Early Intervention Certificate.                 

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Admission Requirements

Minimum G.P.A: 2.75

GRE Requirement: Not Required.


Effective as of October 1, 2015, requirements for admission into a teaching licensure program at the undergraduate and graduate levels will change.  If you wish to be considered for admission into a teaching licensure program under the requirements listed in this catalog, you must declare your intent to pursue teaching licensure and satisfy all current requirements prior to October 1,2015.


All teaching license students are required to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences.  Students who begin a teaching licensure program in Fall 2012 or later are required to purchase a subscripton to Taskstream, which they will use to submit all required portfolio components.  At various checkpoints, students must meet specific criteria to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program.  For complete information on portfolios, students are advised to speak with an advisor and access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at the following:

Degree Completion Requirements


(26 credits) 

  • ESE 500 - Introduction to Special Education ***
  • ESE 501 - Nature & Needs Of Young Children W Disabilities & Those At Risk **
  • ESE 512 - Collaboration & Partnerships Among Parent & Professionals In Special Education
  • ESE 513 - Supporting Medical & Intensive Education Needs
  • ESE 514 - Curriculum & Interventions For Infants & Young Children W Special Needs
  • ESE 515 - Assessing Young Children
  • EST 576 - Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education
  • EST 586 - Student Teaching In Early Childhood-Special Education

In order to obtain an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist License as a first teaching credential, additional course work (listed below) must be completed. For second licensure students, equivalencies must be approved for these courses by a licensure advisor; approval requires the course numbers for the proposed substitutions and an official transcript showing the courses.

  • EDL 500 - Phonics Assessment & Instruction
  • EDL 501 - Beginning and Intermediate Reading Instruction & Assessment
  • EDL 511 - Emergent Literacy
  • EDL 512 - Literature-Based Reading Methods For Children
  • ECE 515 - Mathematics Instruction and Assessment In Preschool & The Primary Grades
  • ESE 511 - Classroom Management & Intervention For Severe Behavior Problems.



Select one of three options: comprehensive examination, project, or thesis.


“Licensure Only” students (in all concentrations) must take all courses and meet all requirements listed except for the following: Educational Research, Technology Strand, Social Foundations, and the Culminating Experience.

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist 

For those interested in making an advising appointment, please contact:

Patricia McGinty
(216) 687-4609
JH 312