Intervention specialists work in classrooms and oversee the education, development, and management of persons with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, cognitive disabilities, autism, hearing, visual, or other sensory impairments, and a variety of other conditions. Specialist roles are usually split between three licensed areas: early childhood (ages three to grade 3,) mild to moderate (kindergarten through grade 12) and moderate to intensive (kindergarten through grade 12.)
Job duties for intervention specialists include developing and adapting lesson plans to meet students' needs and curriculum requirements, as well as maintaining a safe and stable classroom environment conducive to the development of all students. They should also develop and/or follow classroom and facility security procedures, prepare required reports and records for student performance, and interpret and examine medical records. Intervention specialists are also in charge of reporting directly to superiors and security personnel when a threat or unusual behavior has been identified, mediating and coaching students to find alternatives to destructive and negative behavior, and maintaining direct communication with parents, caregivers, the school district, and other faculty regarding the progress of students. Most intervention specialist positions occur during regular school hours during the school year, with a three month paid summer break, depending on district policies. However, preparatory work and grading are required outside of school hours.
Job requirements typically include a bachelor's degree in education, with a master's degree preferred. Intervention specialists must also have the licensing and certificates necessary to work with special needs children in the facility's home state, as well as relevant prior experience.
Intervention Specialist Tasks
Design, implement, and track progress of interventions for academic and behavioral goals.
Develop lesson plans that employ a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of each student.
Create and adapt the curriculum as mandated by the student's IEP, individual student academic level, and graduation requirements.
Establish and maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and child development.
Develop appropriate student IEPs with measurable and obtainable goals based on data provided through the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) and/or Evaluation Team Report (ETR).