Ohio Department of Education Topic News

Highly Qualified Teacher Update for Intervention Specialists of Students Eligible for the Alternate Assessment in Grades 7-12


Starting in 2016-2017, intervention specialists of students eligible for the Alternate Assessment for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities in grades 7-12 will need to comply with new requirements to meet highly qualified teacher status. These intervention specialists provide instruction for students with significant cognitive or low incidence disabilities. The changes affecting intervention specialists relate to their need to show evidence of content knowledge in the core academic subjects of their teaching assignments. As before, a highly qualified teacher also must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, as well as a valid Ohio teaching license appropriate to the teaching assignment. Resources and tools are posted here. For more information, please direct any questions regarding the requirements to