Intervention and instruction

University of Missouri-Columbia
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Your passion for teaching and dedication to positive student outcomes is evident in the way you teach and lead. Whether you’re a special educator, general educator or other school personnel, with a 100% online graduate certificate in intervention and instruction from the University of Missouri (Mizzou), you will gain the expertise to support the specific needs of gifted children or students with disabilities served in the school setting.

You will learn new instructional strategies to include diverse learners in the K-12 general education classroom, deliver evidence-based practices that are effective across developmental domains, and improve long-term outcomes of student achievement.

This graduate certificate serves as a stand-alone credential or completed course work can be applied towards a master’s of education in special education.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in intervention and instruction


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Education & Human Development | Department of Special Education

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

The 100% online intervention and instruction certificate will prepare highly qualified educators (general educators and special educators) and related service providers to provide evidence-based practices and support to meet the academic goals of children with special needs. Some relevant positions include:

  • K-12 general education teachers (public & private)
  • Special educators
  • Early childhood educators and service providers
  • Other school personnel & youth program providers

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online; no campus visits are required.

Most students study part time, taking one to two classes per semester, and complete the course work in just a year.

Course work includes

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Literacy in special education
  • Methods in special education
  • Advanced teaching mathematics


100% online

Calendar system

Semester based

Typical program length

1 year

Typical course load

1–2 courses per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Jena Randolph, assistant professor special education

Jena Randolph is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri in the Department of Special Education and the director of online graduate programs. Before this, she served as the director of training and education at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment. She has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with autism throughout the lifespan across home, clinical and school settings. Her experience focuses on neurodiversity, collaborative and coordinated care, emergent communication development and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in schools.

Jena Randolph, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Online Graduate Programs, Department of Special Education
Delinda van Garderen, professor, special education

Delinda van Garderen focuses her research on students with learning disabilities, struggling learners, and teachers in the content areas of mathematics and science. In particular, she studies how students and teachers use representations to solve mathematics word problems, student development and intervention in number (e.g., conservation of quantity, numerical magnitude), and use of Universal Design for Learning to plan instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners in science. She is currently completing a DR-K12 NSF grant, “QuEST: Quality Elementary Science Teaching,” designed to examine the impact of a professional development model for improving teacher content knowledge and pedagogical practices in science.


Delinda van Garderen, PhD
Professor, Department of Special Education
Jamie Day

Jamie Day’s research revolves around strategies to attract, prepare and retain effective personnel for all multilingual students with disabilities. This includes researching special education teacher preparation and evidence-based literacy interventions for multilingual students participating in the special education process. She is a former postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia where she examined technology-based literacy interventions for students with disabilities.

Jamie Day, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education