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NATIONAL INTERVENER CREDENTIAL

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In October 2012 Ruthanne “Mimi” Cisneros Garcia became the first in Texas to be awarded a national Intervener credential.  Mimi completed her coursework through Utah State University. She did her practicum with a deafblind student at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Jenny Lace, Education Specialist with the Texas Deafblind Outreach Project, was Mimi’s coach during her practicum at TSBVI. 


 Mimi applied for a national Intervener credential to:  

 The National Resource Center for Paraeducators and Related Service Providers (www.nrcpara.org).

The National Intervener Credentialing Program, administered by NRCP, establishes common standards, competencies, and practices in a way that is both rigorous and affordable. The requirements 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 a child who is deafblind and a minimum of 3 coaching sessions.

  •  A completed Intervener Portfolio based on the National Intervener Competencies which provides documentation that the Intervener has acquired the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective intervener.


For frequently asked questions about the national Intervener credential, go to www.intervener.org.

 “I love being part of this exciting world in teaching, and I hope to keep helping change the lives of deafblind children for the better as they have done for me.” ~ Mimi
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