Department of Teacher Education

Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist

ESE Interventional Specialist

Program Overview

The program in Mild/Moderate Educational Needs is designed to prepare teacher candidates to develop, implement, and evaluate individualized programs for children and adolescents ages 5 through 21 who have special academic and social adjustment needs. These individuals are typically identified as having a specific learning disability, mild/moderate mental retardation, or mild/moderate behavioral disorders. Students who complete this program are eligible for provisional licensure as a mild/moderate intervention specialist and will demonstrate diagnostic skills and competencies in the assessment of academic and social needs as they particularly apply to the development and delivery of instruction in both regular and special-education classrooms.

The Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Refer to the links at the right for admission and program requirements specific to the level of interest to you.

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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 502 - Introduction To Individuals With Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • ESE 511 - Classroom Management & Intervention For Severe Behavior Problems
  • ESE 512 - Collaboration & Partnerships Among Parent & Professionals In Special Education
  • ESE 516 - Life Skills & Career Planning In Special Education
  • ESE 521 - Assessment for Instructional Needs  (to be taken by first licensure candidates)
  • ESE 522 - Assessment-based Curriculum and Instruction for Students w Mild/Mod Dis (to be taken by first licensure candidates)
  • EST 577 - Internship One: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs
  • EST 587 - Internship Two: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs

In order to obtain a Mild/Moderate 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 substitutions and a copy of the transcript showing the courses.

  • EDL 500 - Phonics Assessment & Instruction
  • EDL 501 - Beginning and Intermediate Reading Instruction & Assessment
  • EDL 505 - Content Area Literacy
  • EDL 512 - Literature-Based Reading Methods For Children Or
  • EDL 513 - Literature-Based Reading Programs For Adolescents
  • ECE 515 - Mathematics Instruction and Assessment In Preschool & The Primary Grades
  • EDB 502 - Psychological Foundations of Education (required for Initial Licensure only)



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.

To schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Mild/Moderate Program - Undergraduate Students
Paula Chan
(216) 523-7102
JH 323

Mild/Moderate Program - Graduate Students
Amanda Yurick
(216) 523-7253
JH 317