Advanced Professional M.A.:Intervention Specialist

Tracy Gershwin MuellerDr. Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Program Coordinator


The Masters of Arts Intervention Specialist program is designed for people who have worked as a special education teacher who seek more education/training at the graduate level in order to become a leader in the work setting.
This is a comprehensive program that weaves research, cutting edge theory and evidence based practices while providing you with the knowledge and skills that are needed to provide services, supervise, and coach other educators. This will ultimately lead to fostering student growth academically, behaviorally, and socially through post-secondary outcomes.

View the Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist Emphasis Introduction video (YouTube)

Length of Program and Program Requirements

This Master of Arts degree is 34* credits and can be completed in two years (six terms) around your busy schedule. Courses are delivered entirely online with one 8-week course at a time. This means you will take two courses each semester. Additionally, due to small class sizes (maximum 20-25 students per course) faculty are able to maintain a high level of personal interaction with you.

Program Courses

At the end of the MA Intervention Specialist program, you will have completed coursework in the following areas: behavior support and intervention systems; response to intervention; mathematics content and strategies; literacy content and strategies; teacher leadership, action research and reflection; advanced assessment approaches; meeting the needs of learners with autism and significant support needs; adapting instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities; leadership for transition services; and applied instructional coaching skills.

Required Emphasis Classes for Intervention Specialist (34* Credits)

  • SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
  • EDSE 670 Legal and Policy Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • EDSE 672 Leadership in the School community (3)
  • EED  610: Interventions in Literacy (3)
  • MED 645: Interventions in Mathematics (3)
  • EDSE 673 Research and Reflective Practice (3)
  • EDSE 675 Issues in Special Education Assessment (3)
  • EDSE 676 Assessment and Interventions for Students with Challenging Behaviors (3)
  • EDSE 677 Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDSE 678 Leadership Strategies in Significant Support Needs/Autism (3)
  • EDSE 679 Interventions for Students with Culturally and Linguistic Differences (3)
  • *EDSE 696 Practicum in Instructional Coaching (1-9)
  • *(1-9 variable credit hours with a minimum of 1 credit is required)

Admission Requirements

NOTE: The MA Intervention Specialist Online program is offered entirely online with a revolving admittance date. This means you can apply and join the program at anytime, without having to wait for a full year. For more information about the program, please contact program coordinator, Dr. Tracy Gershwin Mueller (

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in teacher education or a related field.
  • Provide evidence of licensure/endorsement as a special education generalist teacher or documented evidence of 24 semester hours of college level coursework from a regionally credited college or university in each of the areas (overview of special education; behavior; assessment and identification of children with disabilities; differentiating instruction for learners with diverse needs; transition and secondary services; reading, math; and oral and written language) with 2.6 overall degree GPA – which may include a maximum of 6 semester hours of documented professional development or work experience. 
  • All official transcripts.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of academic work OR GRE scores of 900 or above and a 3.5 on Analytical Writing.  
  • Resume.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required.
  • A 1-2 page statement of educational goals and philosophy (this should focus on who you are as an educator and how the intervention specialist program can assist you with your future goals).

** FINANCIAL AID may apply for those who qualify**

To Apply Online

Go to the Graduate website and follow the instructions

For more information about joining the next cohort please contact the MA Intervention Specialist Program Advisor:

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
School of Special Education
Campus Box 141
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Office: (970)351-1664
Fax: (970)351-1061