Intervention Specialist Major

Prepare for a career in educational/child care settings providing services to children with special needs. You’ll learn a holistic, child-centered approach that promotes appreciation of the diversity and special needs of today’s children and families. You’ll also get an affordable, solid foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field.

Coursework and training emphasize developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Ohio standards. The program includes extensive field observations and a 210-hour practicum in a special needs classroom.

Qualified degree candidates 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.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Observation, Assessment, and Group Management
  • Educational Technology
  • General Psychology
  • College Composition
  • Curriculum Design and Instruction
  • Health & Nutrition
  • The Exceptional Child
  • Explorations in Modern Mathematics or Statistics
  • Effective Speaking
  • Children w/Physical Exceptionalities
  • Intro to the Teaching Profession
  • Language Arts
  • Community & Family-based Programs
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Early CHLD ED Tech Practicum
  • Educational Psychology
  • Children w/Socioemotional Exceptionalities
  • Ethics
  • Natural Sciences (with lab) Elective


  • Associate of applied science in early childhood educatio
  • The University of Akron
  • ODJFS licensed child care settings
  • preschools
  • Head Start
  • MRDD
  • assistant teacher
  • teacher

All education students are required to complete a background check through the Stark State College Security Office. Fees are $35 for state and $35 for federal.

  • Education Club
  • Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)