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Special Education MA – Intervention Specialist: Academic Coaching & Leadership Emphasis – ONline Program

Get Started – This Online program begins every term

Applicants for Online Programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.


We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first semester, but you can contact the Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines. Class size is limited.

Application process

You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • Choose Special Education:Interven Specialist:Academ Coach&Leader-MA as your academic program of interest on the application.
    • Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are NOT required for this program).
    • International applicants: please read the additional directions below.
  2. You will then click on "Submit Supplemental Items" (or log back in later and choose "Bear App Profile") to submit the following in the online application system once you have completed your graduate school application:
    • Resume
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from previous employers or academic professors - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to these individuals.
    • A 1-2 page statement of educational goals and philosophy (this should focus on who you are as an educator and how this intervention specialist program can assist you with your future goals).
    • Provide evidence of licensure/endorsement as a special education generalist teacher [Note: if you do not have this licensure/endorsement then your transcripts must show 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.

International Students

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL IBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE-A: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio page**
  • Financial Documentation** – we will need to verify that you can financially cover the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) of the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

** = Items marked with ** are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Corey Pierce, PhD


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