Intervention Specialist Major
Associate Degree Course Sequence
SSC101 Student Success Seminar
EDU121 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
SOC123 Dynamics of the Family
PSY121 General Psychology
ENG124 College Composition
EDU126 Educational Technology
EDU122 Curriculum Design and Instruction
SOC225 Cultural Diversity
PSY125 Child Development
COM121 Effective Speaking
EDU125 Children with Physical Exceptionalities
EDU221 Language Arts
EDU222 Creative Materials & Guided Play
EDU223 Community and Family-Based Programs
EDU229 Education Psychology
EDU230 Children with Socioemotional Exceptionalities
EDU226 Wrap-around Program
EDU124 Infant-Toddler Curriculum
EDU224 Early Childhood Program Administration
EDU225 The Exceptional Child
EDU227 ECE Practicum and Seminar
EDU228 Phonics for Young Children
BIO126 Science, Energy and the Environment
TOTAL CREDITS 72
The education intervention specialist option prepares students for employment in educational/child care settings that provide services to children with special needs. Graduates may seek employment as paraprofessionals in public institutions such as MRDD or public preschool programs.
The associate degree program also provides a solid foundation for further education. Stark State College provides education graduates with a solid basis for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and related fields.
Coursework features a holistic, child-centered approach to educating children that promotes the appreciation of the diversity and special needs of today’s children and families. Teacher training emphasizes developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Ohio standards. The 71 credit hour program includes extensive field observations and a 210-hour practicum in a special needs classroom. The qualified candidate for the associate degree in education intervention specialist major will demonstrate professional knowledge, abilities, dispositions, values, and attitudes regarding child development and learning, curriculum development and implementation, family and community relationships, assessment and evaluation, professionalism, and practice during field experiences.
Students are required to complete an education application packet. The education application packets are distributed to students when enrolled in Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EDU121) or Curriculum Design and Instruction (EDU122).
Upon successful completion of the education program and with the recommendation of the education department chair, graduates may apply for their pre-kindergarten associate license from the Ohio Department of Education.
All students interested in the education program are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to applying to the EDU program. Criminal background checks may prevent placements, program completion/graduation, and potential employment in the field.