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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

This is a year-long program and carries 6 semester credits

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Comprehensive Intervention Model

The Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) is a well-coordinated, Response to Intervention seamless design for providing intervention services to struggling readers.

The CIM is a systemic model for reversing the reading failures of struggling readers through layered interventions, including differentiated classroom instruction and supplemental interventions in small groups or one-to-one.

The goal is two-fold. In kindergarten through third grade, the goal is to increase the overall literacy achievement by the end of the third grade and to reduce the number of children identified with learning disabilities within 1.5% or less of the general population.

In fourth through sixth grade, interventions focus on research-based strategies for reading and writing in the content areas.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Contact the program director, Sue Duncan, Ph.D. at 404-413-8024 or [email protected] before applying. Applicants must be employed in an approved position in a partnering school system.

When applying to the Comprehensive Intervention Model, Non-Degree program, submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Proof that you meet certification (upload with the application)
  • One Letter of Recommendation (enter contact info of recommender to application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA or a master’s degree required for admission consideration
  • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Supporting materials and documents as determined by the Comprehensive Intervention Model Program. Since this is a “special cohorts” program, your partnering school system and the Comprehensive Intervention Model team will provide you with a list of required materials and documents.

Program of Study

This year-long program of study focuses on preparing K-6 educators to differentiate reading and writing instruction within a range of settings for students experiencing difficulty in literacy learning. The training consists of intensive study of the Comprehensive Intervention Model Framework and focuses on gaining in-depth knowledge and skills in designing and implementing a portfolio of small-group interventions for K-6 students. Intervention candidates complete 6 hours of academic credit. Intervention candidates continue to work full-time in their school districts in addition to completing coursework.

ECE 7963 Practicum in Interventions (3) is required for teachers who have not been Reading Recovery trained.

ECE 7965 Intervention Designs for Struggling Readers (3) is completed in fall and spring semesters for a total of 6 hours. The course is required for teachers who are training in the Comprehensive Intervention Model.

The system goal of the CIM is to change the achievement profile of a school by providing:

  1. research-based interventions that increase the literacy levels of low-performing children, and
  2. training and professional development for teachers that increase their knowledge and expertise in teaching the lowest performing children.



This year-long program of study focuses on preparing kindergarten through sixth-grade educators to differentiate reading and writing instruction within a range of settings for students experiencing difficulty in literacy learning.


Journey Swafford
[email protected]

Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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