M.Ed. in Behavior Intervention Specialist
Total Hours: 30
Length of Program
The program is designed for certified teachers who typically complete the program as part-time students. Part-time students take 3 to 6 semester hours (one or two classes) per semester and can complete the program in 3 years or less with summer school enrollment. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)
The program requires 30 hours semester hours (10 classes) and completion of a comprehensive portfolio at the end of coursework.
Master's students in Behavior Intervention Specialist are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment)
A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.
Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois certification are required to pass an Illinois State Criminal Background Check.
Required Courses (30 semester hours)
CIEP 431 Three Tier Prevention: Advanced Primary Supports
CIEP 432 Three Tier Prevention: Secondary and Tertiary Supports
CIEP 433 Self Determination: Self-Management and Transition Planning
RMTD 422 Single-Subject Design
CIEP 434 Practicum I: Consultation and Collaboration- School Personnel
CIEP 435 Practicum II: Consultation and Collaboration – Family and Community
CIEP 447 Technology Enhanced Instruction
CIEP 410 Legal Issues
Approved Electives (6 semester hours)
A Comprehensive Portfolio is required. Students will be made aware of the requirements during the required courses in the program. No application is required. Program faculty will notify students of results.
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:
August 1 for December conferral
December 1 for May conferral
February 1 for August conferral
Please note, if you do not graduate when anticipated you will need to submit a new application.