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Fully online and also available as a College Credit Plus course program

About Intervener Certificate

Program Highlights:

  • 30 semester hour online program that leads to Intervener Certificate
  • Students who earn the Intervener Certificate are halfway to earning an associate degree in Shawnee State University’s paraprofessional preparation program
  • Program can lead to a pathway to a Bachelor’s degree in Intervention Specialist: Mild-Moderate, Grades K-12
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.

What is an Intervener?

  • A paraprofessional with specialized training in deafblindness who works one-on-one with a student who is deafblind

What do Interveners do?

  • Help connect children who are deafblind to their world and the world around them
  • Work as part of an educational team in the classroom to increase learning outcomes
  • Facilitate student communication to help students who are deafblind to reach their full potential
  • Develop trusting relationships that promote social and emotional well-being

Employment Opportunities

Pay scale and benefits are comparable to Paraprofessionals working in an educational setting. Pay scale and benefits can vary from district to district.

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2022.

For Undergraduate Students:

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

  1. Apply for Admission to SSU
  2. Submit professional statement including career goals and what you hope to achieve by completing the program (1-2 pages).

Contact Kelli Smith, at (740) 351-3571 or ksmith3@shawnee.edu to get started.

For College Credit Plus Students:

Application deadline is April 1, 2022.

Contact Kelli Smith, at (740) 351-3571 or ksmith3@shawnee.edu to get started.

Program Curriculum

Intervener Technical Certificate: 30 Credit Hours

  • EDIN 1010 – Orientation to Visual Impairment
  • EDIN 1011 – Orientation to Hearing Impairment
  • EDIN 1012 – Orientation to Dual Sensory Impairments
  • 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
  • EDIN 2013 – Sign Systems
  • EDIN 2020 – Technology Supports for the Child with Sensory Impairments  
  • EDIN 2021 – Intervener Practicum & Classroom Practices
  • EDIN 2022 – Portfolio
  • EDIN 2023 – Intro to Braille
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