A 30-credit hour program offering undergraduate level coursework leading to a Shawnee State University issued Intervener Certificate. The Intervener Program is designed to be completed in two years.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements at Shawnee State University. An intervener provides consistent one-to-one support to a student who is deaf-blind or dual sensory impaired (ages 3 through 21) throughout the instructional day. Coursework is primarily completed in an online format, culminating with a 2-credit hour face-to-face practicum experience.

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Program Highlights

Tuition Support

Financial support is provided by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children for persons currently working with a child with a sensory or dual sensory impairment in a public-school setting.  

Online Coursework

All program course work is delivered online using a common curriculum, allowing participants to remain where they already live and work while completing the program. Practicum components are face-to-face.

How to Apply

We are accepting applications for Fall 2022.  Application deadline is July 15, 2022.  We will continue to accept applications on a rolling admissions basis.

Application Requirement

Professional statement including career goals and what you hope to achieve by completing the program (1-2 pages).

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For more information about the program, download the FAQ (PDF) or contact Kelli Smith, at (740) 351-3571 or email at

Intervener Certificate Curriculum: 30 Credit Hours

Fall: 9 semester hours

EDIN 1010 – Orientation to Visual Impairment
EDIN 2023 – Intro to Braille
EDIN 2013 – Sign Systems

Spring: 6 semester hours

EDIN 1011 – Orientation to Hearing Impairment
EDIN 1012 – Orientation to Dual Sensory Impairments

Fall: 9 semester hours

EDIN 2010 – Supporting the Child with Visual Impairment
EDIN 2011 – Supporting the Child with Hearing Impairment
EDIN 2012 – Supporting the Child with Dual Sensory Impairments

Spring: 6 semester hours

EDIN 2020 – Technology Supports for the Child with Sensory Impairments  
EDIN 2021 – Intervener Practicum & Classroom Practices
EDIN 2022 – Portfolio