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Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure Preparation (Non-degree) PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294


The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program prepares prospective early childhood special education teachers and professionals to be purposeful, deliberative, reflective practitioners, who will be able to: teach diverse children according to best available evidence; understand young children within developmental, social, and cultural context; appreciate the integrated nature of academic and social competence during early childhood; work collaboratively with families and other professionals; and design and implement developmentally appropriate and contextually relevant learning experiences for all young children.

Non-degree Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure coursework and field-based experiences are prescribed based on the program approved for KSU by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Previous coursework may be considered if appropriate and current. The prescribed coursework enables candidates to become eligible to apply for a teaching license from ODE.

The non-degree program is not a Master’s degree program. Students interested in obtaining a teaching license and a Master’s degree from KSU must also be fully admitted into the Master’s degree program and complete the prescribed coursework on the Master's degree prospectus, in addition to courses that are prescribed here for licensure.

Candidates seeking Ohio teaching licensure are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for licensure from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Students should consult the Special Education Department for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s) from Baccalaureate program, minimum 3.000 GPA; goal statement; two letters of recommendation, Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form, and Praxis Core (reading, writing and mathematics exams) or evidence of valid teaching license.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum total credit hours to program completion are 41.

Program Learning Outcomes

Completers of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to teach diverse young children across ECSE settings based on The Council of Exceptional Children and The Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the integrated nature of early childhood special education with skills and knowledge to identify the need for early intervention, provide evidence based practices and services to children and their families in their home, school and community settings, and ultimately help children and families successfully transition to kindergarten and beyond.
  3. Demonstrate sufficient content knowledge across multiple areas of early childhood special education before they graduate.