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Muskingum College “Jumpstart to Intervention Specialist Licensure” program receives Ohio Department of Education grant to fund full tuition scholarships

Muskingum College has received funding from the Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children to offer an alternate licensure program – “Jumpstart to Intervention Specialist Licensure” – to prepare already certified or licensed teachers to become special education teachers who earn the Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate license.

“In this region of Ohio there still are significant shortages of fully-licensed special education teachers. Here at Muskingum, we are excited to offer full tuition scholarships to regional teachers who have seen the need and have the desire to work with students with learning and behavioral challenges. We firmly believe that all children, regardless of needs and abilities have the right to be educated by fully qualified teachers. This project quickly will expand the number of teachers who have the teaching credentials needed to effectively work with students identified with mild or moderate disabilities,” noted Dr. Linda Morrow, professor of education and program director.

Those selected will need to successfully complete the college’s 2005 eight-week summer Jumpstart program which begins June 20, take two additional courses during the 2005-06 school year and pass the special education Praxis II test during summer of 2006. Upon successful completion of the 24 hours of coursework and the Praxis II, they will be eligible for the five-year professional K-12 teaching license of Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate. Successful program participants should be fully licensed as Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate teachers by August 15, 2006.

This program is limited to 25 qualified participants. First priority will be given to already licensed general education teachers who are teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-12 and who are teaching on temporary special education/intervention specialist certificates/licenses in high needs districts. Second priority will be given to already licensed general education teachers who are willing to complete the Jumpstart to Intervention Specialist licensure requirements and assume an assignment as an intervention specialist in an Ohio school district. Priority consideration also will be given to teachers representing diversity with respect to race and ethnicity.

All potential applicants need to complete an application available on line and attend a Jumpstart information/orientation meeting from the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 31, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuscarawas-Carroll-Harrison ESC, 834 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia.
Thursday, June 2, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Muskingum Valley ESC, 205 North Seventh Street, Zanesville.
Monday, June 6, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Guernsey-Monroe-Noble ESC, National City Bank Building, 749 Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge.
Thursday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Muskingum College, Room 139, Cambridge Hall, New Concord.

The application process begins immediately, since the first class starts June 20. Decisions on applications will be made on June 10. Applications received after June 10 will be considered on a space-available basis.
For further information, contact the Muskingum College Office of Graduate Studies at (740) 826-8038 or log on to