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Special Education – Mild Intervention Program Certification

Loving Interactions

Taylor University’s Special Education – Mild Intervention program prepares and equips future educators to teach students with mild to moderate special needs. This certificate allows graduates to provide mild intervention for students with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and developmental delays in general or special education, preschool through grade 12 classrooms.

At Taylor, we focus on teaching our students from a biblical perspective. This opens doors for our students to be witnesses of Christ—showing His love not just in words, but in action—through one-on-one and group interaction with these students.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Tammy Mahon, Director of the Mild Intervention Program, talk about how Taylor's program prepares future teachers to help students with special needs be successful.

Special Preparation for Your Career

Taylor students begin practicing Mild Intervention in the classroom during their freshman year and continue through their student-teaching placements senior year. Having multiple field experiences during your time at Taylor will shape who you are as a teacher and give you ample time to learn from other students before you get your own.

Upon graduation and passing certification exams, you will be licensed by the State of Indiana to teach students in both general education and special education settings. The license can transfer to almost anywhere in the United States and makes you highly marketable as a teaching professional.

Advanced Certificate in Special Education

As a Taylor University Special Education student, you also have the opportunity to take just three additional courses in order to earn an advanced certificate in special education, enabling you to work with individuals who have severe-to-profound disabilities. Schedule a visit and talk with a professor about this opportunity.

Bring Special Olympics to Campus

Work as a referee, team host, scorekeeper, timekeeper, or skill session volunteer at Taylor’s annual Special Olympics basketball tournament, hosted in the Kesler Student Activities Center. Interact and make friends with people of all ages with special needs, learning their unique perspective on life and encouraging them to enjoy the game and play their best.

Contact the Education Department

Dr. Ben Hotmire, Chair of the Education Department

Shannon Shilts, Education Program Assistant

Education Department
Being His Hands and Feet

Taylor University’s national- and state-accredited Education programs seek to develop competent, caring, and reflective teachers who are prepared for both local and global service. We offer license-track degrees in Elementary Education and Secondary Education, and a degree in Educational Studies for those who love education but don’t want to be a licensed classroom teacher. All of our Education majors will learn to make professional decisions, plan engaging instruction, interact with learners, and create stimulating learning environments.

Our freshmen Education majors are placed in local schools right away, giving our students more hours in the Indiana classrooms than many other university education programs. Local and international practicums allow students to observe classroom behaviors, assist teachers, and begin putting education theories into practice. Elementary and Secondary Education majors will build upon these short-term practicums with student teaching opportunities during their senior years.

Setting the Example

Our dedicated faculty don’t merely tell you how to be a teacher—they set examples for how to be engaging teachers and provide opportunities for you to gain several interactive teaching experiences. Not only do the professors practice an open-door policy to encourage students to stop by and chat about their lives, but the Education professors also host events and meals in their homes—creating a family atmosphere. They hope to personally see every student grow mentally and spiritually as well as professionally.

Teaching Around the World

Since 1962, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), has accredited the Taylor University Education program. This means you have an opportunity to find work almost anywhere after graduation, from Indiana to India.

The Education department has global connections for students interested in teaching overseas. As an Education major, you can find stretching experiences that will test your teaching abilities across borders by student teaching in locations like Ecuador, the Bahamas, the Philippines, Mexico, and Belize.

Any student interested in staying stateside but transferring his or her Indiana teaching license to another U.S. state can speak with our Director of Teacher Certification for advising. Indiana has reciprocity with 46 states, allowing our students to smoothly transfer their licenses.

From Student to Teacher
  • Alspaugh-Hodson Family Scholarship: must be an Indiana resident and full-time student majoring in Education, eligible for need-based aid, and have a personal relationship with Christ
  • Halbrook Freedom Scholarship: for students interested in entrepreneurship, education, media, and government, who grasp the essentiality of, and strive to uphold, the enduring principles of the United States of America
  • Art Scholarship: for declared Art or Art Education majors
Career Opportunities

With a success rate of 98%, Taylor Education students should have no trouble finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements. Education majors have many career options—from camp director to in-class teacher to missionary. Taylor’s Bachelor’s in Education degrees also will prepare interested students to enter graduate school.

Most of our graduates are teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, though some alumni teach outside of the Midwest in Colorado, Texas, Kentucky, and Arizona, among other states. An increasing number of our graduates are teaching abroad. We have sent Education graduates to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Bolivia, and many others.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Education philosophy.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Ben Hotmire

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Education & Co-Director of Student Teaching



Alexis Armstrong

Professor of Education & Director of Teacher Education


Melissa Jessup

Assistant Professor of Education


Tammy Mahon

Director of Special Education & Associate Professor of Education


Carol Sisson

Associate Professor of Education


Cindy Tyner

Co–Director of Student Teaching & Professor of Education



Pam Medows

Director of Transition to Teaching


Kim Overbey

Director of Teacher Certification


Shannon Shilts

Education Program Assistant