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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support


The Graduate Certificate in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is designed to prepare students to become experts in the implementation of MTSS. It provides the opportunity to improve student achievement and reduce problem behavior by accurately identifying students’ needs, preventing academic and behavior problems and further identification of students needing special education services, and providing research-based instruction within a positive school climate.

Students will obtain the skills necessary to make data-based decisions for students and be able to implement MTSS to facilitate evidence-based behavior and academic learning in the classroom setting.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.


An applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support must:

  1. Submit both departmental and University application forms. (Internal applicants will need to submit an Intent to Enroll form and new goal statement. For more information, please contact Missy Davis (
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic potential to pursue graduate study and competence or potential to implement MTTS.
  3. Submit a statement of professional goals that clearly describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the certificate and the goals that the emphasis area will help him/her attain.
  4. Have access to high-speed internet and the appropriate technologies.

Applications are reviewed by faculty who look for indicators of a high probability of success. The following factors are significant in determining admission to the emphasis area:

  1. A grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate and all graduate courses.
  2. Experience working with children and youth with disabilities in a school or other educational setting.
  3. Professional goals that are consistent with the objectives of the degree program.
  4. A test if English proficiency for students for whom English is not a first language.

Admission to the program is competitive and subject to space and availability. Not all students who meet the above requirements will be admitted.

Course Requirements

The certificate in MTSS requires completion of

All of the following courses (12 credits):
CEP 809 (3) Data-Driven Instruction in MTSS
CEP 804B (3) Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
CEP 802A (3) Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
CEP 803A (3) Assessment of Students with Mild Disabilities

One of the following courses (3 credits):

CEP 841 (3) Classroom and Behavior Management
CEP 844 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers

Completion of a final examination or evaluation