Intervention specialists are perhaps the most versatile teachers in the field. They must be competent to teach every curricular subject while working hard to understand the widely varied and specific needs of their students.
Exceptionalities in special needs students may be physical, learning, emotional, cognitive, developmental or a combination. As a teacher, you’ll empower your students to relate to their surroundings in a way they can understand and help them to achieve their fullest potential.
Your field experience and student teaching experience provide you with the opportunity to observe skilled intervention specialists and practice what you learn, which is a valuable stepping stone to your first job as a special education teacher.
Build skills that translate to industries outside education
While most intervention specialists work in schools with children, unique and important opportunities exist to use your education to assist young adults and adults as well.
Both government and private agencies employ trained professionals to create and coordinate transition plans to help in vocational training and job placement. Social service agencies routinely seek professionals with the expertise to teach appropriate life skills to aid individuals in the journey toward a full and independent life.
You may also decide to pursue a master’s degree school to expand your marketability into careers in social work, educational audiology, art or music therapy, occupational or physical therapy, counseling, psychology, or speech pathology.
In addition, to bolster your performance on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Foundations of Reading assessment, a necessary component of Intervention Specialist Licensure, the program contains a sequence of four courses concentrated on reading instruction.
Moreover, upon your enrollment, you’ll be issued a free Taskstream account to keep you on track as you work to complete the requirements for your degree and intended licensure. With Taskstream, you’ll be able to see when important documentation, like background clearance check information, has been received. You’ll also be able to use Taskstream as a gateway to important information like clinical field placement information and course resources.
Learn by doing with immersive learning opportunities woven throughout the program
You’ll hit the ground running at Franklin, by starting field experiences with your very first term. Based on your preferences, you’ll be paired with an experienced cooperating teacher to observe teaching methods, ask meaningful questions and provide assistance when requested. By taking part in these clinical field placements each term you are enrolled, you’ll be placed in different school environments for opportunities to diversify your experiences and build your professional network.
Through clinical field placements and student teaching experiences, you’ll benefit from partnerships between Franklin’s School of Education and more than 90 partner school districts that serve Ohio’s rural areas as well as suburbs, cities and towns.
The hands-on, full-time student teaching experience in your last term will enable you to work alongside a cooperating teacher to put into practice the knowledge, skills and dispositions that you have developed throughout the course of the program.
Build the fundamentals necessary to be a successful teacher
All education students, regardless of intended licensure area, must successfully complete 33 hours of Professional Education Component Courses. While these courses can be taken at Franklin or transferred in, this coursework lays the foundation for future studies by providing a roadmap for success as an education major. Through these classes, you’ll build a toolbox of skills to become a teacher who is able to tailor your instruction to meet the needs of your students. Course topics include lesson planning, classroom technology, classroom management and teaching strategies.
Gain in-demand skills that enable you to leverage technology to engage learners
Technology impacts every industry and every aspect of our lives. For this reason, effective teachers need to be able to integrate technology into the classroom as a tool to facilitate student learning and enhance communication with stakeholders in the learning process – like parents/guardians, school administrators and the community.
Franklin’s Technology in the Classroom course, a required course for all education students, is aligned with International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. ISTE, a global organization dedicated to using the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, and the group’s standards are a framework for innovation in education put in place to help you to become a teacher who can prepare students to thrive in a connected and ever-changing world.
In this unique course, you’ll master Edmodo, Google Classroom, Kahoot!, Quizlet, Remind 101 and other emerging digital tools to help you with classroom management and polling, photo and video sharing, discussion and publishing, and social media and communication. You’ll learn how to integrate technology that places student in the center of the learning environment. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your learning through hands-on assignments like teaching a lesson to your peers using various tech tools.
Focus in on your licensure area with methods block coursework
Franklin’s Intervention Specialist education preparation program contains a methods block, a specialized set of courses that get at the heart of your particular teaching goal. These courses focus on teaching in specific content areas – language arts, mathematics, social studies or science. Moreover, the coursework in this block provides multiple opportunities for you to teach in front of a classroom and be provided with feedback to fuel your progress along the way.
Take advantage of flexible transfer options and earn an affordable education degree
Whether you’ve earned an associate degree in education or in a teaching content area, Franklin’s transfer-friendly Intervention Specialist education preparation program provide a flexible and affordable path to a high-quality degree. In addition to maximized transfer and our low per credit hour tuition rate, Franklin also provides free books and eliminates fees for field placements and student teaching that are common at other universities.