Intervention Specialist
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  • Bachelors Available
  • Minor Available
  • Bachelors Available

Intervention Specialist

BGSU's intervention specialist program is one of Ohio's largest special education programs. We lead by preparing all our intervention specialist graduates to obtain licenses in teaching mild-moderate and moderate-intensive K-12 learning environments.

Students graduate as highly skilled professionals who make a difference in the lives of people with special needs and their families.

Quality classroom experiences

As early as the freshman year and throughout the program, students engage in field experiences. Students are encouraged to become active members in the Student Council for Exceptional Children.

Program coursework and field experiences are aligned with special educator preparation standards of the Council for Exceptional Children and integrate foundation knowledge and skills, theories, methods and practices to work and advocate on behalf of learners with disabilities.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Schools, Society, and Cultural Diversity
  • Teaching Adolescents
  • Phonics, Fluency and Word Study
  • Problems in Education
  • Foundations of Reading


This curriculum provides clinical and field-based hours where students receive first-hand experience working with children and adolescents with special needs.

Mild-moderate intervention specialist work with students with mild to moderate educational needs, generally identified as having learning disabilities, developmental disabilities or being at-risk for school failure. Moderate-intensive intervention specialist-work with students with moderate to intensive educational needs, generally identified as having severe behavior handicaps or multiple handicaps.

Admissions information

This is a highly competitive program with additional requirements:

Overall GPA of 3.0 for admission into the program
Must pass the OAE Licensing Examinations prior to enrolling in methods

One of the largest special education programs in Ohio

Internships and Careers

Internship opportunities working with students with disabilities include positions such as a coach, camp counselor, child care provider, or volunteer at a school or community agency.

With the shortage of qualified special education teachers, you will be marketable in public schools as a classroom teacher, tutor, resource room teacher and consulting teacher. You’ll also have opportunities outside the classroom in such places as mental health facilities, social service agencies, hospitals and juvenile detention centers.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$35,984*— BGSU Intervention Specialist graduates average starting salary

100% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

GO FAR in your career

  • Classroom teacher
  • Resource room teacher
  • Consulting teacher

Education abroad program at Keele University in England

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Intervention Specialist Program is part of the School of Counseling and Special Education in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Intervention Specialist are expected to be able to:

  • Assess and evaluate students with exceptionalities;
  • Design instructional content for delivery to students with exceptionalities;
  • Plan and manage the behavior, social interactions and learning environment of students with exceptionalities;
  • Collaborate in the delivery of services to students with exceptionalities;
  • Meet professional expectations for ethical practice in the delivery of services to students with exceptionalities, given the philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Intervention Specialist program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is in good standing.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 07/28/2022 08:28AM