Master of Education in Special Education Intervention

The M.Ed. in Special Education Intervention degree is a 30-credit, 100% online program that builds educators’ skills in culturally responsive, systematic, and research-validated data-based decision-making to support every student within the school setting. This program teaches school-based interventionists how to:

  • Improve academic and behavioral programs, support, and services based on knowledge of intervention and standards-based core curricula.

  • Apply valid and reliable assessment practices that inform instruction and curricula.

  • Facilitate improvement in the systems-level delivery of core and intervention curricula.

  • Evaluate program effectiveness based on empirical data and make recommendations in professional practice.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders effectively to improve outcomes for all students.

  • Create effective learning environments by leading in program development, delivering professional development, and writing grants.


Graduate Program Director

Dr. April Mustian 


Why Winthrop?

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Practice what you learn through authentic intervention projects in your current classroom environment. You’ll receive specific, valuable feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Apply your skills as you promote a school-wide, collaborative approach to problem-solving within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).

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Through a focused, collaborative, and iterative problem-solving process, you’ll learn how to select appropriate and validated academic and behavioral interventions, assess student progress, engage in diagnostic data analysis, and adapt interventions to better meet students’ strengths and needs.

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You’ll receive support from faculty who are experts in culturally responsive academic and behavioral support practices, National and state assessment and evaluation practices within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), inclusive practices for students with extensive support needs, and translating research to practice in both general and special education settings.

Click below to learn more about the program!

    An online M.Ed. in Special Education Intervention from Winthrop University prepares you with the expertise and skills you need to transform the future of your students through effective intervention selection and delivery. 

    Time to completion: 1.5 - 2 years

    Total Credits: 30

    Format: Online

    Curriculum (M.Ed. in Special Education Intervention)

      Deadline TBD for fall admission only.

      Applicants for admission to the M. Ed. in Special Education Intervention must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration:

      • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.

      • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework.

        • Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). Transcripts can be sent to 211 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, SC 29733 or

      • Submit a copy of your current South Carolina State Department of Education Class III Professional Certificate or the equivalent from another state.

      • Submit a verified copy of the Specialty Area test of the PRAXIS Examination for the current area of your certification or the South Carolina Teaching Area Examination.

      • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of the graduate candidate’s undergraduate course work OR submit an official GRE score of 150 on the verbal reasoning section and 142 on the quantitative reasoning section.

Beyond Graduation

"As a special education teacher, this program has helped me develop relationships with other professionals to increase inclusion practices, as well as provide additional support to students in the general education classroom."


The M.Ed. program in Special Education Intervention prepares you for a variety of roles in K-12 education. In addition to becoming a more effective teacher, the degree will prepare you for positions that include:

  • Academic Interventionist

  • Behavioral Interventionist

  • Curriculum Specialist

  • Instructional Coach or Specialist

  • MTSS Coach or Coordinator

  • Special Educator

Key Facts About RTI and MTSS Inplementation:

  • More than 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

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.


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