Master of Education in Early Intervention

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The Master of Education in Early Intervention program at the Pitt School of Education will prepare you to work with young children with disabilities (ages birth to 5 years) and their families. Special emphasis is placed on preparing students to address the needs of young children with disabilities in natural, community settings that are designed for the inclusion of all children through direct and consultative service delivery.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: About 1 year (3 full-time semesters)
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Course Requirements: 37 credits
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Application Deadline: March 1, priority application deadline
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required

Program Details

A hands-on, carefully supervised approach is used to assist students in developing competence in assessing young children with a variety of disabilities and planning, implementing, and evaluating appropriate educational programs for them. Students are taught to work in partnership with families and to collaborate with professionals from other disciplines. Consideration is given to a wide range of service delivery models including home, center, school, and hospital-based programs. 

As a field, early intervention promotes the following benefits in this population:

  • Minimizes the potential for developmental delay and reduces the impact of disabling conditions
  • Reduces the overall cost of educational services through prevention and attenuation
  • Enhances the capabilities of families to meet the needs of their children
  • Minimizes the likelihood of institutionalization of children with special needs
  • Maximizes the developmental potential of young children to eventually live independently in society

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Early Intervention is a 37-credit program. It includes coursework in assessment, programming, working with families, inclusion, consultation, community resources, and leadership.

Three supervised practicum experiences are integrated into the program and students work with their advisors to select two electives to complete their requirements. 


The Early Intervention program covers most of the evidence-based coursework required for the Pennsylvania Specialist Licensure. 


The Master of Education in Early Intervention has the following prerequisites:

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • Child Development (3 credits)

Career Pathways

The Master of Education in Early Intervention program prepares practitioners in the assessment and educational programming of young children with disabilities.