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Department of Education: (440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)
Admission: Lauryn Rosinski, (440) 826-2915,
Academic Advisor: Gail Habig, (440) 826-6534,
Coordinator for the Mild/Moderate Program: Dr. Debra Janas, (440) 826-8177,

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Program format (course sequence): Online (summer start) | Online (fall or spring start)

BW's Master of Arts in Education degree in mild/moderate educational needs prepares teachers to fulfill a statewide and national need for intervention specialists able to work in inclusive settings as consultant teachers, small group instructors, resource room teachers, transition service coordinators and co-teachers in an inclusive classroom.

MAED Academic Calendar

2022-23 Calendar


  • 36 semester hours leads to the MAEd degree and the intervention specialist license (K-12). Teachers may also add the intervention specialist license (24 semester hours) without completing the entire master's degree. Enroll on campus or online.
  • Licensed teachers may enroll part time and complete the MAEd in as little as two years. The intervention specialist license alone may be completed in 14 months.
  • Students enrolling in the licensure+master's program should plan additional time to complete their program due to undergraduate course and clinical requirements.  
  • The program includes a summer practicum in which students work in a supervised setting with children who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities.
  • Successful completion of the state exam is required for license eligibility in mild/moderate educational needs.

Advanced Practice Minor

BW's K-12 MAEd programs provide students with concentrated expertise in a targeted area plus the breadth of knowledge in another area resulting in an advanced practice minor. Minors can be obtained in:

  • Literacy
  • School leadership
  • Technology integration

Course Descriptions

Mild/moderate course descriptions


In Ohio, teachers seeking the intervention specialist license must complete the Ohio-mandated 12-hour reading core. Early childhood education and middle childhood education teachers likely completed this reading core with their initial license. While teachers are not required to have the reading core completed as they begin BW's mild/moderate educational needs program, they must have the reading core completed prior to applying for the intervention specialist license.

The BW School of Education will review transcripts for all applicants applying for admission to the mild/moderate program to identify reading courses. BW will work with you to determine whether additional reading courses would be needed so that Ohio legislative code requirements for the intervention specialist license are met.

School Partnership Program

Many teachers enrolled in BW's MAEd programs are employed by school districts that participate in the BW School Partnership Program, providing them with a simplified application process and other benefits.

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