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Special Education License: Intense Intervention Graduate


Meeting Needs . . . One Child at a Time

If you are in the field of education, you know that special education teachers are in great demand across the nation, particularly in teaching students with significant disabilities.

The intense intervention graduate special education online program allows undergraduate students actively pursuing the mild intervention licensure, as well as professional educators in the field who already have their mild intervention license, to add to their pedagogical repertoire the knowledge and skills in teaching students P-12 who require intense interventions. Candidates who complete this 15-hour program are eligible for exceptional needs: intense intervention license through the Indiana Department of Education.

The curriculum for this graduate-level special education license has been intentionally developed by experts in the field of significant disabilities, autism, and communication disorders. The scope of the curriculum is focused on understanding and meeting the intense needs of the learner with exceptionalities.

The online coursework provides opportunities to delve into evidence-based practices, theoretical applications, legal implications, as well as current trends all while collaborating with a cohort of learners. A variety of instructional tasks and assessments allow candidates the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in their knowledge and skills.

The clinical experiences are designed with a scaffolded approach that varies in intensity and developmental levels. Experiences range from observations to supervised teaching with a focus on the gradual development of competency in practice. Field and clinical experiences provide teacher candidates opportunities to view the entire scope of teaching students with significant disabilities and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective practitioners.  Each course in the Intense Intervention Licensure Program requires a field or clinical component which allows for authentic connections, applications, and practice during the course of study.   

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At A Glance

  • Next Start Date January 2021
  • Course Delivery 100% Online
  • Credit Hours 15
  • Degree Courses Only
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  • SED 5450 Policy & Practice in Intense Intervention

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course provides an in-depth study of the cognitive, social, communication, and learning characteristics and development of students with intense or complex support needs.  These exceptionalities include moderate and severe cognitive disabilities, severe emotional disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, autism, and traumatic brain injury. Academic, communication and functional needs as related to disabilities are explored. Etiology, definitions, and diagnostic criteria as well as federally mandated eligibility requirements are explored. Discussion focuses on implications for instruction, intervention, and related services for individuals with significant disabilities.  These implications are studied through significant historical, social, political, cultural and legal perspectives.  Also includes application of professional and ethical practice within the field of special education.

  • SED 5460 Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention Supports for Significant Disabilities

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course will employ an evidence-based approach to assessment, instruction, and intervention for students with significant disabilities. Students will learn to move from research to practice by developing a broad and comprehensive understanding of formal and informal assessments and interpretation of assessment data with an emphasis on formative assessment and progress monitoring.  Application of knowledge and understanding will be expected through individualized program planning and implementation of effective instruction that aligns to alternate academic standards and meets the unique needs of individuals with significant disabilities. Instruction and intervention development with a focus on language and communication needs is an overarching theme in this course. Prerequisite SED 5410.

  • SED 5470 Seminar in Intense Intervention: Communication, Behavior, and Health

    Credit Hours: 3

    Designed as an exploration of key components in meeting the complex needs of individuals. Students learn and apply principles of positive behavior interventions and supports, understand the implications of health issues related to significant disabilities, and learn to use augmentative and assistive technology to meet communication needs.

    Prerequisite SED 5410.

  • SED 5480 Collaboration and Transition Across the Lifespan

    Credit Hours: 3

    A study of the transition needs for individuals with significant disabilities and the collaborative strategies necessary to meet those needs as they occur across the life span. This course teaches students how to assess and support the transition needs of students and their families through the federally mandated transition planning process. Students apply these skills through case study, writing a transition plan, and developing curriculum that focuses on postsecondary outcomes. Topics of interagency collaboration, curriculum development, cultural competency, and community-based instruction are explored.  Prerequisite SED 5410.

  • SED 5490 Clinical Practice in Significant Disabilities

    Credit Hours: 3

    Field-based experience in a school setting that requires intense intervention and supports. Practicum is under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite SED 5420, SED 5430, SED 5440.

Tuition & Fees

Expected Costs to Attain Your Degree

How Much Will I Pay For My Degree?
2020-21 Intense Intervention Graduate Licensure Program (per credit hour) $399
2020-21 Online Course Fee (per online class) $150

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How to Apply

The Grace College Intense Intervention Graduate Licensure Program will give you the ability to take your newly acquired knowledge and skills, combined with your compassion for something greater than yourself, to effectively manage your nonprofit organization.

We recommend that you apply for admission at least one month before the next entry term. Students applying after the deadline are considered on a space available basis. It is best to apply early!

Step 1: Online Application

After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Step 2: Professional Reference

Please contact the necessary reference (this cannot be a relative) and have them complete the applicable reference form below.

Step 3: Current License or Transcript Request

If you are currently licensed, please send a copy of your current license to If you are not licensed, request official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to

Step 4: Acceptance Process

When all of the steps have been completed, you will be advised of the Admissions Committee’s decision. The Admissions Committee may request that you submit additional materials and/or that you interview with a representative of the College.

Step 5: Scholarship Opportunity

Our partners at AWS are offering students a wonderful scholarship opportunity to assist students in defraying tuition expenses.  The deadline is May 15, 2020.

AWS‘ mission is to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.

Step 6: Enrollment Deposit

Upon acceptance, submit your $100 Enrollment Deposit to accept your offer of admission. Your $100 deposit will be credited to your student account. Welcome to the Grace College community!


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