Mild Intervention Overview

The SMWC Education Department offers alternate mild intervention program for teacher candidates who seek to obtain a mild intervention license in grades 5 through 12. Our MI/5-12 program requires a 35 credit hour post-baccalaureate course of study, which has been designed to prepare a strong special education teacher who will serve students having mild disabilities in a variety of settings (i.e., inclusive, pull-out or self-contained classrooms) at the secondary level. Upon completion of the 35 credit hour coursework, teacher candidates will gain content and pedagogical knowledge, clinical experiences and professional dispositions to implement evidence-based intervention for students in 5-12 classrooms.

Why SMWC?

Because you’ll get quality education:

  • Our Mild Intervention (Grades 5 – 12) is approved by the Indiana Department of Education and meets all of REPA 3 (Rules for Educator Preparation and Accreditation) regulations.
  • You will be afforded several clinical/field experiences culminating in student teaching the last semester of your senior year. Diverse placements will be arranged in private and/or public schools within Indiana or Illinois.
  • Your education will be shaped by veteran educators in the field as well as Education faculty who are accomplished in their area of expertise.
  • Your experience will be enriched by a variety of extracurricular and/or professional development experiences where you will be able to apply your classroom knowledge in real school settings.
  • The learning outcomes of the bachelor’s degree are aligned with the 2013 InTASC standards and cover the following domains: learner and learning, content knowledge, instructional practice, and professional responsibility.

Because we offer several advantages:

  • Classes are online, in traditional 16 weeks or accelerated 8 weeks. Some classes are also offered in an alternative or hybrid format.
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.
  • Advisors are committed to your growth and success.
  • Small class size provides ample opportunities for differentiated instruction, hands-on application, and caring support.
Admission requirements
  • Basic competency (CASA/SAT/ACT/GRE) plus one of the following:
    • Content test(s) required if your undergrad cumulative GPA is under 2.5 and/or intended licensure does not correspond to undergraduate major
    • No content tests if your undergrad cumulative GPA is 2.5, you have five years experience and your intended licensure is your undergraduate major
    • No content tests if your undergrad cumulative GPA is 3.0 and your intended licensure is your undergraduate major*
    • No content tests if you hold a graduate degree in the desired content area*
  • Application
  • Background check
  • Essay and resume
  • 3 professional recommendations

*In any scenario, we strongly recommend that the prospective student attempt the content test(s) prior to admission

Licensure Courses

Developmental/Content Courses

29 credit hours required. All courses listed.

ED 115 Introduction to eLearning and Technology in Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepare teacher candidates to use instructional and information technologies to support teaching and learning, manage classroom activities, and enhance scholarship and professional growth. Through hands-on activities, students learn to design and implement technology-supported instruction, launch and maintain online resources, develop multimedia instructional materials, and use technology to communicate, solve problems, and engage in lifelong learning. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 151 Understanding Mild Disabilities
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of mild disabilities, including cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communication disorders, visual impairments, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, autism, and other health impairments. Major topics include definitions, characteristics, causes, prevalence, evaluation, and service delivery. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 212 Teaching Diverse Learners in General Education Classes
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to create learning environments that enhance the strengths and abilities of diverse learners, including students from various cultural, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds; students with differing life and learning styles; students who are gifted/talented; and students with disabilities. Requires admission to the Transition to Teaching Program.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
ED 257 Special Education Law and Procedures
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Presents the history and philosophy of special education, state and federal mandates, and implications for teachers. Includes special education procedures such as collaborating with other professionals, accommodating instruction, writing individualized education plans (IEPs), connecting IEP goals and objectives to state standards, conducting annual case reviews, and conferencing with parents and other professionals. Also discusses current trends and issues in special education. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 151.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 261 Adolescent Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies physical, emotional, intellectual and moral development during adolescence; adjustment to change; peer, adult and institutional influences, relationships and pressure.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 261 The Science of Reading
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The Science of Reading examines a basic question, “How do children learn to read?” This course includes evidence- based reading research that addresses explicit systematic teaching of phonemic awareness and phonics, direct and indirect vocabulary building, guided oral reading to improve fluency and motivation, and exposure to a variety of comprehension strategies for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Fall semester, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 264 Reading in the Content Area
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides teachers with the tools they need to lay an educational groundwork that promotes students’ success with informational text. Spring, every year. Prerequisites: ED 262 & ED 261 for Preschool - Grade 3/Mild Intervention, Early Childhood/Mild Intervention, Kindergarten - Grade 6/Mild Intervention, Kindergarten - Grade 6/Mild Intervention (non-licensure), Special Education Mild Intervention P-12.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 346 Assessment and Intervention in Middle School/High School Special Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to assess the academic and social/behavioral strengths and needs of students with mild disabilities in middle school and high school grades and to develop appropriate instructional interventions that promote positive learning outcomes. Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite: ED 273.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 355 Transition Planning and Vocational Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides background and skills necessary for providing appropriate career planning and transition services to students with special needs at the middle school and high school levels. Discusses models of transition, legal requirements for transition, career and vocational planning, functional curriculum and skills, job analysis, leisure skills, and residential options. Writing and implementing appropriate individualized transition goals will be stressed. Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 358 Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Plans
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates in special education to create and conduct functional behavioral assessments (FBA) and utilize information gathered through FBA to develop, implement, and assess the effectiveness of behavioral intervention plans (BIP). Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Clinical Experiences

6 credit hours required. All courses listed.

ED 497 Supervised Teaching: Alternate Secondary Mild Intervention 5-12
Online | 5 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in a middle school/junior high or high school special education or inclusive classroom. Teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Online 5 Credits
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Seminar sessions include analysis of student teaching experiences, information about licensure requirements and procedures, and career development. Must be taken concurrently with Supervised Teaching. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval.

Campus & Online 1 Credit

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.