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M.S. SPED/Intervention Specialist Concentration


Intervention Specialist

The Intervention Specialist Program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners who are at risk for disabilities and those who have disabilities. There is a special focus on the remediation of mathematics and reading problems, combining special education, special reading education, as well as mathematics knowledge.

This combination ensures that individuals with special learning needs and diverse abilities receive a quality, specialized education at any age. The Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Human Services created this innovative five-year program.

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree
  • Earn a Master of Science degree in Special Education (reading specialist preparation)
  • Be prepared to sit for the certification exam for special education for Pre-K to 8 and 7 to 12
  • Be prepared for a reading specialist certification K to 12
  • Have enhanced mathematics content knowledge (12 credits of college math)

Teaching experience is required before entering the graduate portion of the program. At the undergraduate level, students must:

  • Log more than 600 hours of supervised practicum
  • Complete all requirements for special education certifications
  • Pass the certification examinations for special education

Note: As a Pennsylvania Department of Education requirement, no certification can be awarded individually. The requirements for both must be completed in the prescribed order.