Special Education Interventionist K-8

This program introduces students to the fundamentals of teaching in special education situations. In addition to the Arts & Sciences Core, the Bible & Theology Major, and the Special Education Interventionist (Grades K-8) Major, this program includes general education courses and professional studies in early childhood development, child psychology, educational philosophy, and specialized teaching methodologies. Students receive instruction in lesson preparation and presentation, classroom management, integration of a biblical worldview and application of biblical knowledge to the teaching profession, development and implementation of curriculum, and current trends in education. They develop their own philosophy of education based on these insights, and they demonstrate their skills and knowledge through an electronic portfolio using the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Field experiences expose students to the full range of special education in Tennessee, including public and Christian schools.

The Teacher Education program at Johnson University features affordable tuition approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education. The engaged faculty members prepare you to seek licensure in Tennessee and most other states. Johnson University Tennessee boasts a 95% graduate placement rate

In addition to the department’s excellent team of faculty and staff members in the Templar School of Education, the department also boasts a resource center for present and future educators. This resource center contains thousands of books for children and young adults, as well as grade-specific curriculum for teachers. This area is a valuable resource for students and teachers alike. 

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Integrate their faith into their requirements to serve the disabled.
  • Meet the standards for the Interventionist K-8 CEC Initial Level Learning Disabilities & CEC Initial Emotional & Behavior Disabilities.
  • Meet the required scores on the edTPA & PRAXIS assessments.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Survey of Persons with Disabilities
Assessment & Diagnosis of Persons with Disabilities
Classroom Management with Regular & Special Populations
Techniques for Inclusion of Diverse Learners
Managing Challenging Behaviors & Special Education Law
Methods for Teaching the Gifted

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective