National Intervener Credential

Introduction

The need for Intervener training programs has long been recognized in the field of deafblindness. Although some local, state, and regional programs have been developed to address this need, The need for intervener training programs has long been recognized in the field of deaf/blindness. Although some local, state, and regional programs have been developed to address this need, there is a general lack of common standards, competencies, and practices among these training programs.

The National Intervener Credentialing Program establishes common standards, competencies, and The National Intervener Credentialing Program establishes common standards, competencies, and practices in a way that is both rigorous and affordable. Administrators of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and State Education Agencies (SEAs) can be assured that interveners who have completed the approved training, practicum, and credential process have met standards that are rigorous and recognized beyond their local school, district, and state.

Intervener Requirements

The requirements for obtaining the National Intervener Credential
include:

  • A minimum of 10 hours of credited coursework from an Institution of Higher Education (university or college). This coursework must include a supervised practicum experience.
  • A practicum experience (minimum of 2 credit hours) under the supervision of the course instructor and the guidance of a trained Intervener Coach. This practicum includes a minimum of 100 hours of contact time with an individual who is deaf/blind and a minimum of 3 coaching sessions.
  • A completed Intervener Portfolio, based on the  Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Intervener Competencies, provides specific documentation showing the intervener has acquired the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective intervener.

Resources

After you have completed the coursework, you can download the Intervener Credential Application here


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National Intervener Credential Renewal

The National Intervener Credential is valid for 5 years, after which time it needs to be renewed. Interveners can begin working on their professional development any time on or after their credential start date. 

Requirements for renewing the National Intervener Credential are:

Each credentialed intervener must earn a total of 8 continuing education units (CEUs), or 80 clock hours, during the five-year credentialing period. 

  • Five of the CEUs must be in deaf/blindness-specific professional development activities.

and

  • Three elective CEUs can be from related topics activities.    

Credit may only be given for a specific topic workshop once in a five-year renewal cycle. The dates the CEUs were earned must fall within the five-year credentialing cycle, and CEUs are not carried over from one renewal period to the next.

A credentialed intervener can earn CEUs by:

  • Participating in state or national workshops or conferences related to deaf/blindness.   
    • Documentation required: Certificate of participation tied to a response paper.
  • Taking deaf/blindness-related courses from an accredited college or university and earning a grade of B- or better. CEUs are calculated by multiplying one semester hour by 1.5 or multiplying one-quarter semester hour by 1. 
    • Documentation required: University or college transcript or certificate of satisfactory completion.
  • Participating in deaf/blindness-specific in-service trainings and workshops sponsored by state deaf/blindness projects or other organizations.   
    • Documentation required: Certificate of participation tied to a response paper.
  • Training in sign language and/or tactile sign language. 
    • Documentation required: Certificate of satisfactory completion.
  • Elective professional development activities in related topics as specified above.
    • Documentation required: Certificate of participation tied to a response paper.

Who Can Provide Training for the National Intervener Credential?

Two university programs have been approved and are offering coursework toward credentialing: SKI-HI at the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice located at Utah State University and Central Michigan University..

Click to learn more about the Utah State online program and the Central Michigan University Program
Click here for information about Central Michigan University registration.

The NRCP welcomes other intervener training programs to apply for national credentialing. Please contact Marilyn Likins, Executive Director, NRCP to begin the dialogue, discuss possible options and address any questions or concerns. Marilyn can be reached through e-mail at marilyn@nrcpara.org.

If you are interested in developing a higher ed training program for Interveners please click on the link below.

National Intervener Credential Program Criteria Checklist

Map of Credentialed Interveners

map of credentialed interveners across the United States

Map of Interveners in the Pipeline

map of interveners in the credential pipeline across the United States