Special Education Master of Arts:
Intervention Specialist Emphasis
Online Degree Program
An Intervention-Focused Graduate Degree
for Special Education Teachers
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Our programs rank particularly high in student engagement.
This online Master of Arts program is designed for people who have worked as a special education teacher and are seeking more education/training at the graduate level in order to become a leader in the work setting.
This comprehensive masters will foster academic, behavioral and social success for students. The Intervention Specialist program will also provide you with
- Highly-qualified special educator literacy and mathematics skills
- Research-based instructional interventions to meet students' needs
- Mentoring and instructional coaching competencies
- Culturally responsive approaches to address the needs of diverse students and their families
- The ability to advance to leadership positions in your school
Complete Your Masters in Two Years
The Special Education MA with the Intervention Specialist emphasis is 34 credits and can be completed in two years (six terms). The program is designed to work around your busy schedule and you can start any term. Contact the program coordinator to find out application deadlines for upcoming terms.
Courses are delivered entirely online with one 8-week course at a time. This means you will take two courses each semester. Additionally, small class sizes (maximum 20-25 students per course) are maintained in order to allow faculty the opportunity to provide personal interaction with students.
We also encourage you to visit the School of Special Education—Intervention Specialist Emphasis page for this program. From there you can also learn more about the traditional
on-campus delivery of this program.
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist Emphasis
Academic Program Coordinator
Tracy Mueller, Ph.D.
University of Northern Colorado
School of Special Education
501 20th St., CB 141
Greeley, CO 80639
Course of Study
Required Major Credits (34* credit hours)
- 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)
- 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 Strategies for Students with Autism/Significant Needs (3)
- EDSE 679 Interventions for Students with Cultural 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.)
- EED 610 Interventions in Literacy (3)
- MED 645 Interventions in Mathematics (3)
Upcoming Scheduled Courses
To see the current course offering schedule, visit the Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist Emphasis Current Students page.
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
- You must possess a baccalaureate degree in education or a related field from an accredited college or university, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better on the most recent 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
- If you do not meet the G.P.A. requirement, you must submit a minimum GRE score of: 140 Quantitative, 146 Verbal Reasoning, Combined score of at least 297 with analytic writing minimum of 3.5.
- 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.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Applicable graduate credit may be applied towards this academic program. In order for credits to be accepted toward a degree they must be graduate level credits, be approved by the Academic Advisor, and have a grade of A or B. Once approved by the advisor, students must complete a Petition to Count Work in a Degree Program to have the credit approved by the Grad School. Master’s and specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be within five years for a master’s degree. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $456 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Master’s degree students require a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Student Health Insurance
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.
Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.
Please visit www.unco.edu/ship for more information about the insurance plan.
The Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist emphasis online program is currently accepting applications. Accepted applicants begin the program any term.
Admission to this program is a two-part process:
- Apply to the UNC Graduate School. Apply Now.
- Concurrently submit the following items to the Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist Emphasis Academic Program Coordinator (see coordinator contact info above) by email or traditional mail:
- Two professional letters of recommendation—each letter should be accompanied by the Graduate School Letter of Recommendation form
- 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)
- 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.
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.