Graduate Certificate

Special Education Interventionist K-8 & 6-12

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Special Education Interventionist K-8 & 6-12 Graduate Certificate program for teachers licensed in areas outside of exceptional education in the state of Tennessee who desire to gain the credentials to perform intervention work with exceptional students in K-12.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775


Asynchronous & Synchronous

Admission Terms

Fall, Summer

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Become Certified in Special Education Intervention to Assist K-12 Exceptional Students

The Special Education Interventionist K-8 & 6-12 graduate certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of career goals. For PreK-12 teachers licensed in areas outside of exceptional education, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in Special Education Interventionist K-8 & 6-12. For K-12 teachers licensed in an area of exceptional education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in K-12 leadership positions that support special populations, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused instruction to students with a range of exceptionalities.

Featured Courses

Student recipients of the Special Education Interventionist K-8 & 6-12 Graduate Certificate are required to successfully complete the following courses:

SPED 513: Foundations in Learning Disabilities & Other Academic Difficulties

Provides foundational knowledge of learning needs, service delivery models, and critical issues in the education of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Introduction to research-based, evidence-based, and high leverage practices for assessment and instruction of students with disabilities. 

SPED 516: Effective Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities & Other Academic Difficulties

Determining and implementing best practices in assessment and instruction, both remediation and accommodation strategies, for students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, and other academic difficulties.

SPED 542: Methods of Teaching Students with Emotional & Behavioral Disorders

Examines educational strategies and techniques for individual and class-wide behavior management as well as curriculum and teaching strategies for promoting the social and emotional development of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

SPED 553: Assessment of Exceptional Students

Current issues related to assessment; advanced study of evaluation models for special education; dynamic and other innovative assessment approaches; advanced study of application to educational programming; basic statistics and application in assessment.

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Are You Ready to Light the Way in Education for Exceptional K-12 Students?