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Mild Intervention Licensure Program

Add Mild Intervention to your Indiana Teaching License for free!

Taylor University offers an online Mild Intervention Licensure program that is free to participants approved through our partnership with I-SEAL (Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure Program).

For those seeking an initial teaching license, the program consists of eight graduate-level courses (24 credit hours) to obtain your P-12 license in Exceptional Children: Mild Intervention. For those looking to add to their existing license, the program is a series of six graduate-level courses (18 credit hours) for teachers to add Exceptional Children: Mild Intervention (P-12) certification to an Indiana license. Blending faith and learning, our online program is self-paced and flexibly designed for full-time teachers. 

Let us help you meet the federal special educational licensure mandates! You can complete Taylor’s Mild Intervention licensure classes in a flexible, online format, and do field experience requirements in your own classroom. From applying, to registering, to learning, to licensing—we are here to help you each step of the way!

Ask us how you could qualify to have your program tuition and textbooks covered!

Why choose Taylor?

  • You select your start date for each class.
  • You can fit classwork into your schedule—no designated meeting times.
  • You can complete field experiences while working in your own classroom.
  • You may be able to transfer courses into our program.
  • You will be supported, every step of the way.

The structure of the program is uniquely flexible. You pick the start date for your class—any day of the year. Once you choose your start date to begin your class, you’ll have up to 4 months to complete the coursework.

You can work on a class any time of the day and never have to be online at a specific time. While the coursework is completed online, some classes require classroom observations and experiences that are completed in the your community or even in your own classroom.

Taylor’s program director will be happy to review your transcripts to see if any successfully completed courses can transfer into our program, saving you time and creating a quicker path to licensure. 

In addition, you will have an academic advisor to guide you through each step in our program, as well as a testing and licensing director to support you through those processes at the conclusion of the program. 

Licensure Courses (Adding to Teaching License)

Six classes are required for those adding Mild Intervention Licensure to their teaching license.

SED 520 Exceptional Children (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare the teacher candidate for the challenge of meeting the needs of exceptional children in the classroom. A general study of exceptional children focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Topics addressed in the course are the identification process for individuals with disabilities, their characteristics and unique needs, delivery of services, and instructional strategies within all content areas.

Field Experience Teacher interview
Textbook Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, and Dignity in Today’s Schools, 9th Edition
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Tammy Mahon

  • EdD, Special Education, Ball State University (2006)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (2001)
  • BA, Elementary Education, Anderson University (1993)

SED 530 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)

This course is a study of the special education profession, encompassing the philosophical, historical, ethical, and legal foundations of special education. The responsibilities and rights of students, their parents, all involved educators, and other professionals are studied as they relate to meeting the needs of exceptional learners. Course content addresses P-12 students regarding early intervention, human growth and development, individual differences, diversity, and families and communities to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Textbook The Law and Special Education, 5th Edition
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Tammy Mahon

  • EdD, Special Education, Ball State University (2006)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (2001)
  • BA, Elementary Education, Anderson University (1993)

SED 540 Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)

This course focuses on formal and informal assessments, including how to effectively assess reading and writing. Instructions are presented on how to use assessment results to identify, plan for, and teach students with exceptional needs, including the use of that information to develop individual education plans. Communication of that information with students, parents, and other professionals is discussed. Includes a field experience component. Prerequisites: Advanced Mild Track- SED 520 and SED 530; TTT Mild Track- SED 525 and SED 530

Prerequisites SED 520 & SED 530
Field Experience 10 hours of observation over a minimum of 4 weeks
Textbook Assessment in Special Education: A Practical Approach (6th Edition)
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Olivia Wright

  • MA, Education
  • BS, Elementary Education—Special Education

SED 550 Behavior Management (3 credits)

This course focuses on creating and supporting safe, respectful, and productive learning environments for students with disabilities. Topics covered include the use of a range of preventive and responsive practices to support social, emotional, and educational well-being. Students employ behavioral assessments in developing behavior intervention and progress monitoring plans for students with disabilities. Includes a field experience component. Prerequisites: Advanced Mild Track- SED 520 & SED 530; TTT Mild Track- SED 525 and SED 530

Prerequisites SED 520 & SED 530
Field Experience 10 hours of observation over a minimum of 4 weeks
Textbook Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers, 10th Edition
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Tammy Mahon

  • EdD, Special Education, Ball State University (2006)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (2001)
  • BA, Elementary Education, Anderson University (1993)

SED 555 Methods of Special Education (3 credits)

This course prepares students to apply an understanding of academic subject matter content of the general curriculum and specialized curricula to inform programmatic and instructional decisions for learners with exceptionalities. Students are required to use knowledge of individuals' development, learning needs, and assessment data to inform decisions about effective instruction. Students will implement explicit, systematic direct instructional strategies in core content areas to individualize instruction to support students with exceptionalities. Includes a field experience component. Prerequisites: Advanced Mild Track- SED 520 and SED 530; TTT Mild Track- SED 525 and SED 530

Prerequisites SED 520 & SED 530
Field Experience 10 hours of observation over a minimum of 4 weeks
Textbook Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems, 10th edition
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Amy Blake

  • PhD, Education Administration, Indiana State University (2016)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (1996)
  • BS, Mathematics, Ball State University (1992)

TTT 560 Early Literacy Experiences and Assessments: K-3 (3 credits)

This course is an examination of current methods, materials, and media used in teaching and assessing literature in a multicultural society. Literacy skills instruction and the development of literacy reading skills are studied in relationship to the total range of student needs. Topics include how language is acquired and developed, reading process, hierarchy of reading skills, technology to instruct and reinforce reading skills, and methods used to instruct reading.

Field Experience 12-hour field component
Textbook Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 3rd Edition
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Christina Ward

  • MS, Indiana University
  • BS, Taylor University

Licensure Courses (Obtaining Initial License)

Eight courses are needed for those obtaining their initial license.

SED 525 Educating Exceptional Learners (3 credits)

This course studies the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education and prepares teachers to apply knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of students with exceptionalities. Candidates will be empowered to discern the various abilities of students with mild to moderate characteristics. Topics include concepts of teaching, lesson planning, mainstreaming, and inclusion through the lens of InTASC, state, and professional organizational principles. This course includes field experience.

Field Experience 20 hours of observation
Textbook Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, and Dignity in Today’s Schools, 9th Edition
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Olivia Wright

  • MA, Education
  • BS, Elementary Education—Special Education

TTT 520 Educational Psychology (3 credits)

The study and application of learning theories, psychological concepts, and principles to the teaching-learning process. Cognitive, affective, and psychomotor aspects of the teaching-learning process are considered. Other topics included are statistics, tests and measurement, teaching models, principles of assessment, lesson planning, issues related to diverse student populations, motivation, and classroom management.

Field Experience 8–10 hours of student tutoring
Textbook Using Educational Psychology in Teaching, 11th Edition
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Pam Medows

  • EdD, Ball State University
  • MAE, Ball State University
  • BS, Indiana Wesleyan University

SED 530 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)

This course is an overview of the history and development of laws which mandate the provision of special education and related services to students with disabilities. The purpose of this course is to empower the prospective teacher of special education through the development of the knowledge of the legal foundation of special education. Students will gain an understanding of the legal issues surrounding the rights and provision of special education services to students with disabilities in public schools. This course will provide students with information about legal issues in special education with an emphasis on implementing legally sound policies and procedures in their own practice.

Textbook The Law and Special Education, 5th Edition
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Tammy Mahon

  • EdD, Special Education, Ball State University (2006)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (2001)
  • BA, Elementary Education, Anderson University (1993)

TTT 560 Early Literacy Experiences and Assessments: K-3 (3 credits)

This course is an examination of current methods, materials, and media used in teaching and assessing literature in a multicultural society. Literacy skills instruction and the development of literacy reading skills are studied in relationship to the total range of student needs. Topics include how language is acquired and developed, reading process, hierarchy of reading skills, technology to instruct and reinforce reading skills, and methods used to instruct reading.

Field Experience 12-hour field component
Textbook Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 3rd Edition
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Christina Ward

  • MS, Indiana University
  • BS, Taylor University

SED 540 Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)

This course focuses on formal and informal assessment used to identify, plan for, and teach students with exceptional needs, including the use of that information to develop individual education plans. Communication of that information with students, parents, and other personnel is discussed. This course has a lab experience.

Field Experience 10 hours of observation over a minimum of 4 weeks
Textbook Assessment in Special Education: A Practical Approach (6th Edition)
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Olivia Wright

  • MA, Education
  • BS, Elementary Education—Special Education

SED 550 Behavior Management (3 credits)

Managing the learning environment of students with special needs is the focus of this course. Topics covered include behavioral assessments and their use in developing intervention plans for exceptional students, as well as the legal implications of laws and regulations regarding the implementation of these plans in various learning environments. Characteristics and observations of behavior disorders are also explored. An observation of a classroom with disruptive behaviors is required as well as service learning projects.

Field Experience 10 hours of observation over a minimum of 4 weeks
Textbook Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers, 10th Edition
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Tammy Mahon

  • EdD, Special Education, Ball State University (2006)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (2001)
  • BA, Elementary Education, Anderson University (1993)

SED 555 Methods of Special Education (3 credits)

Methods and materials used in the intervention of exceptional learners are presented in this course. Strategies of instruction in the least restrictive environment, modification of curriculum, and collaboration and consultation across the spectrum of services are presented in conjunction with the daily teaching and planning required of students’ individual education plans. Includes a field experience lab.

Field Experience 10 hours of observation over a minimum of 4 weeks
Textbook Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems, 10th Edition
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Amy Blake

  • PhD, Education Administration, Indiana State University (2016)
  • MA, Special Education, Ball State University (1996)
  • BS, Mathematics, Ball State University (1992)

TTT 590 Student Teaching: Transition to Teaching (3 credits)

Student teaching is a ten week full-time teaching experience under the supervision of public and/or private school and college personnel. Candidates will create lesson plans/units and gain experience using appropriate assessment and discipline strategies. A portfolio is required to obtain credit. A student teaching application (Elementary, Secondary, P-12, Mild, TESOL) should be submitted a full semester before the anticipated start date of the student teaching experience. All courses in the TTT program are to be successfully completed before candidates can be approved for student teaching.

Prerequisites (a) Approval by the Teacher Education Committee
(b) Completion of all required program courses
Field Experience 10 weeks of full-time student teaching
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April Dickey

  • Doctor of Arts, English-Pedagogy/Writing, Murray State University, in progress
  • MA, Teaching Writing, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS, Journalism/English Secondary Education, Ball State University

Licensure Tests

Content Area Assessment: Subject assessments measure your content knowledge of the subject(s) you will teach. To add this special education content area to a teaching license, you must take and pass the following test after you complete your courses:

Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention, Special Education Foundational Knowledge (test code 5355)

Praxis Testing Website

You are not alone in this process. We are here to help you! Please contact us if you have questions: 

Joy Elzinga, Director of Teacher Licensure, joy_elzinga@taylor.edu, 765-998-5286
April Dickey, Director of Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs, april_dickey@taylor.edu 765-998-5145

You can start now!

Applications are accepted year-round. After being accepted into the I-SEAL program, the process of applying to Taylor University’s online Mild Intervention Licensure program requires submission of the following:

  • Mild Intervention Licensure Application
    • Choose the “Mild Intervention Licensure” application if you’re already licensed but choose the “Transition to Teaching—Mild” application if this will be your initial license.
  • Copy of teaching license (if applicable)
  • College transcripts
  • Criminal background check (within the last 12 months)

Email your materials to lykline@tayloru.edu or send by mail:

Taylor University, Education Department
ATTN: Director, Transition to Teaching/Online Licensure Programs
1846 Main Street
Upland, IN 46989

Let us help you add Mild Intervention Licensure!

Meet Lyn. She can help you every step of the way.

Lyn Kline

Graduate Enrollment Counselor

  • MA, Ball State University
  • BS, Huntington University
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