Mission Statement

The School of Education at URG/RGCC holds a shared vision for its program, candidates and community. The URG/ RGCC Bunce School of Education provides a challenging environment in which teacher candidates develop into professional individuals and are sensitive to Appalachian values. Our institution offers access to a professional career through a unique community college/private university configuration. An example of Rio Grande’s unique nature is that through a particular program alignment, teacher candidates at URG/RGCC may opt for some combination of a two, plus two, plus two program which will take them almost seamlessly from a two-year Associate’s Degree to a four year Bachelor’ Degree and into a two year Master’s program. This allows the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College to open “Windows to the Future” for our candidates at all degree and licensure levels. 

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Education – Intervention Specialist Early Childhood
  • Master of Education – Intervention Specialist Mild/ Moderate

Learning Outcomes

The core courses provide students with general knowledge and dispositions related to good classroom instruction and pupil growth. Several types of teaching models, various learning theories, and curriculum models are explored so that classroom performance can be enhanced. The student is presented with new ways to use technology and research while building dispositions that will develop new leadership skills. The core curriculum gives the student the foundation for more effective study in the concentration areas.


The University of Rio Grande is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since 1916, the University has been authorized by the Department of Education to prepare students for teacher certification. The Teacher Education unit has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Degree Requirements

Master of Education – Intervention Specialist Early Childhood (40510)

The Intervention Specialist Early Childhood graduate level license program at the University of Rio Grande is available only to those students who already hold a teaching license or certificate in Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult, Multi-Age, or Secondary Education. This program prepares teachers to work in inclusive settings with student’s age three to seven, who are serviced in a non-categorical setting, and who have been identified with delays in two or more of the developmental areas. There are prerequisites to the program which insure that, regardless of the current license or certification, the graduate student will have a basic knowledge of all developmental levels. Students who are seeking licensure for Intervention Specialist Early Childhood must take Internship and pass Praxis II. Some of the core courses are offered during the academic year as Internet courses. Other courses are offered during the summer.