Special Education – Mild and Intense Intervention Certifications

Loving Interactions

At Taylor, we believe that every person is born in the image of God, worthy of living a fulfilling life. That changes how we interact with each other and how we treat people, regardless of their ability level. With this focus on teaching special education, our students are able to be witnesses of Christ—showing His love not just in words, but in action—through one-on-one and group interaction with these students. Taylor University’s Special Education – Mild Intervention and Special Education – Intense Intervention programs prepare and equip future educators to teach students with mild to intense special needs.

Mild Intervention Program Certificate

If you aspire to develop a broad array of instructional strategies and/or have a heart for interacting with students with disabilities, adding a mild intervention Special Education certification will prepare you with a range of teaching methods. This mild intervention program prepares you for a teaching license in working with students with high incidence disabilities (disabilities that are more prevalent than others). These may include:

  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Emotional or behavioral disorders
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Communication disorders
  • Physical and sensory needs (that affect educational opportunities)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
Intense Intervention Program Certificate

If you seek to deepen your special education program with a broader range of instructional strategies, adding an intense intervention Special Education certification to your mild intervention licensure will prepare you to meet the needs of students with low incidence disabilities (disabilities that are less prevalent than others). These may include:

  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing loss
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Significant cognitive impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
Autism Studies & Intervention

Education majors interested in the Special Education curriculum can also add an Autism Studies and Intervention minor by adding a few additional credits. Talk to your Admissions Counselor for more information.

Special Preparation for Your Career

Taylor students begin practicing Mild Intervention and Intense Intervention in the classroom during their freshman year and continue through their student-teaching placements senior year. Having multiple field experiences during your time at Taylor will shape who you are as a teacher and give you ample time to learn from other students before you get your own.

Upon graduation and passing certification exams, you will be licensed by the State of Indiana to teach students in both general education and special education settings. The license can transfer to almost anywhere in the United States and makes you highly marketable as a teaching professional. With a national shortage of special education teachers and the federal mandate for public school systems to provide services, there is a real need for qualified, compassionate special education teachers.

Bring Special Olympics to Campus

Work as a referee, team host, scorekeeper, timekeeper, or skill session volunteer at Taylor’s annual Special Olympics basketball tournament, hosted in the Kesler Student Activities Center. Interact and make friends with people of all ages with special needs, learning their unique perspective on life and encouraging them to enjoy the game and play their best.

Contact the Education Department

Dr. Ben Hotmire, Chair of the Education Department

Shannon Shilts, Education Program Assistant