Early Intervention Specialist

Job Description

An early intervention specialist works with special needs children from preschool to kindergarten, either in the classroom or in the home. They work individually with children who experience greater physical, mental, behavioral, or communication delays than other children. Rather than assist in any academic needs, an early intervention specialist focuses on a child’s developmental needs through games or exercises. These individuals must possess the following skills:

  • exceptional patience
  • communication
  • collaboration
  • an understanding of medical conditions
  • a high energy level

Things You Should Know

Minimum Degree Requirement: An early intervention specialist must have at least a bachelor’s in special education along with student teaching experience and the appropriate certification. Most states require consistent re-certification or the completion of a master’s to remain qualified as an early intervention specialist.

Salary and Outlook: According to a recent report, early intervention specialists were earning an average annual salary of $37,000. This varies from state to state and with the years of experience each individual has.

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