Intervention Specialist (K-12)

Major in Special Education

Majoring in special education gives you the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of truly exceptional individuals. Intervention specialists are perhaps the most versatile teachers in the field. They must be competent to teach every curricular subject while working hard to understand the widely varied and specific needs of their students.

Exceptionalities in special needs students may be physical, learning, emotional, cognitive, developmental or a combination. As a teacher, you empower them to relate to their surroundings in a way they can understand and help them to progress beyond their limitations.

Intervention Specialist College Degree Program for K-12

The passion of the faculty to create the best teachers possible is evident in the demand for Urbana U’s Intervention Specialist degree program graduates. 

Your field experience and student teaching experience provides you with the opportunity to observe skilled intervention specialists and practice what you learn, which is a valuable stepping stone to your first job as a special education teacher. Students are placed at partner schools with teachers who have significant experience in the field and demonstrate excellence in teaching practices.

Faculty Spotlight

Jeanine Howell

Professor Howell has spent over 30 years working with special needs students. At Urbana University, she is currently a supervisor for student teachers as well as a professor of reading, early childhood and special education courses.  Howell is also coordinator of the Subsequent Teacher Licensure Program.


Prepare for Licensure to Jump-start Your K-12 Career

Urbana’s Special Education major prepares you for licensure and a career working as an intervention specialist. While most intervention specialists work in schools with children, unique and important opportunities exist to use your education to assist young adults and adults as well.

Both government and private agencies need trained professionals to create and coordinate transition plans to help in vocational training and job placement, career and technical education; teaching appropriate life skills; and securing services to aid in their independence. 

You may also decide to attend graduate school to expand your marketability into careers in social work, educational audiology, art or music therapy, occupational or physical therapy, counseling, psychology, or speech pathology.

Program Outcomes
  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.

  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.

  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with except

  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.

  5. Understands effective instructional practices for students with disabilities to promote success in the general curriculum, including the RtI process.

  6. Understands strategies for teaching social, vocational and academic life skills and promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities.

  7. Understands the development, implementation and monitoring of individualized education programs.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

About the Education Programs

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in one of Urbana's teacher education programs are considered pre-education majors until they are approved for admission to the Department of Education and declare their program major. All students admitted to Urbana University may apply for admission to the Department of Education. Pre-education students are required to apply and be admitted into the Department of Education in order to complete the program.
All teacher education program policies, procedures, and deadlines must be followed and met by teacher candidates in order to be considered for admission to the programs, retained in the programs, and receive the University's recommendation for licensure. Consult the Department of Education section of the Academic Catalog for complete information about the requirements for admission to teacher education undergraduate programs.


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