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GPSMaster of Arts in Education - Intervention Specialist, Full License

M.A.Ed. Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate (Advanced License)

The MVNU School of Graduate & Professional Studies is proud to offer an M.A.Ed. degree program leading to Ohio licensure as an Intervention Specialist for Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Our program is intentionally designed for ambitious adults to get a high-quality education while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities.

This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of teachers who have an interest in and commitment to serving students with disabilities; licensed Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Adolescent Young Adult, or Multi-Age teachers who wish to enhance their credentials to include both Intervention Specialist licensure and a master’s degree; and educators serving students with disabilities on a temporary or alternative special education license who wish to gain credentials needed to improve their employment options.

  • Convenience — This program’s courses are offered entirely online, allowing you to complete your coursework in the comfort of your own home. It has also been formatted to be completed in as little as 18 months, allowing you to complete both your degree and licensure requirements in well under two years.
  • Learn from the best — Our courses are facilitated by qualified faculty with personal experience in assisting students with disabilities.
  • Get support — We use a cohort-based model that supports and maximizes student learning, while allowing you to create meaningful relationships in an intentionally Christian learning environment.
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • School Leadership & Ethical Practice
  • Consultation, Collaboration, & Cooperative Practice
  • Multiculturalism in Education 
  • Application of Student Outcome Data on Instructional Practice
  • Educator as Researcher
  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment for Exceptional Learners
  • Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment for Learners with Lower-Incidence Exceptionalities
  • Behavior Analysis & Learning Environments
  • Individualized Educational Planning for Exceptional Learners
  • Special Education Research & Writing
  • Advanced Practicum

Admission Requirements

Although we try to keep our admissions process as straightforward as possible, our knowledgeable staff is always available and happy to help you.

Admission requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.99 may be granted probationary admission to the program. A candidate admitted with probationary status is required to submit a letter detailing his/her improvement plan for success and must earn a minimum grade of B- or better in the first two courses.
  • A copy of an Ohio teaching license (valid or expired).  

Applicants from countries and U.S. territories in which English is not the primary language must also provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by scoring 80 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading, speaking, and listening of at least 20; or scoring 550 or above on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with subscores in both writing and reading of at least 50. All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last 2 years to be considered for acceptance.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your application.
  2. Request all official transcripts to be sent to MVNU from each college or university you have attended to date. Please have your transcripts sent to:
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Attn: GPS Admissions
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Official Electronic Transcripts should be sent to

  1. Submit a copy of an Ohio teaching license (valid or expired).
  2. Complete a Registration Agreement form.
  3. Complete an Admission Interview.

Are you eligible for prior learning credit?

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