Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education Intervention Career Outlook

Helping students when they exhibit the earliest signs of educational or developmental difficulty is critical for preventing further delay as the child matures. In many cases, assessment and intervention efforts can significantly minimize the educational disruption children experience and thereby make a profound positive difference and truly change lives. Interventionists use their specialized training and unique personality traits to do this challenging but rewarding work.

The online M.Ed. at Winthrop University builds practical intervention skills, taught by faculty who are leading researchers in the fields of special education literacy support, mathematics intervention, and behavioral analysis. The degree positions you to meet growing demand for interventionists who are trained in Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). These efforts are being implemented at levels that range from individual schools to state departments of education.

The program also includes a special education licensure track which prepares students for certification to help combat the growing shortage of special education teachers. This track is designed to give graduates the skills and confidence necessary to help students succeed, regardless of their learning challenges. 

Key Facts About RTI and MTSS Implementation1

  • 15 states have formal policies about MTSS or RTI.
  • 46 states have language about RTI in their laws or guidelines.
  • 49 states have an RTI commission, task force, or internal working group.
  • Research shows that RTI improves achievement and behavior.
  • IDEA, the federal SPED law, includes RTI and MTSS.

According to the CEEDAR Center, “as many as 70% of high school students need special, specific supports, even when they are not eligible for special education identification. MTSS addresses those needs with systemic improvements across classes, schools, and districts.”2

The M.Ed. program in Special Education Intervention prepares you for a variety of roles in K-12 education helping students with empirically validated, much-needed instructional and behavioral interventions. In addition to becoming a more effective teacher, the degree will prepare you for positions that include:

  • Academic interventionist
  • Behavioral interventionist
  • Elementary instructional coach
  • Instructional coach
  • Instructional coach/reading specialist
  • Interventionist
  • Literacy interventionist
  • Math interventionist
  • Mathematics instructional coach
  • MTSS manager
  • RTI intervention teacher
  • Teaching interventionist

To learn more about how an M.Ed. in Special Education Intervention can create rewarding career opportunities for you, please contact a program manager toll-free at 833-257-1704 with any questions or request more information today.