Leadership in Tiered Systems of Support: RTI and PBIS


Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Advanced Graduate Certificate
20 Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education.

Program Description

This program is targeted to educators and other qualified professionals who are interested in pursuing careers as statewide, regional, or district-wide tiered systems (RTI and PBIS) developers and consultants. The focus is on building capacity of school districts, regional consortia, and state agencies to plan and implement tiered prevention systems to improve social behavior and learning outcomes for K-12 students. The grading system in the advanced graduate certificate program is the same as that described in the Grades section of this catalog. Students may receive the advanced graduate certificate by completing a minimum of 20 credit hours from the SPED courses listed below. Students may apply 12 credits from the Webster University Master of Arts in Special Education emphasis in PBIS program (or other Webster University MA degree programs with an emphasis in PBIS) towards this advanced graduate certificate in Leadership in Tiered Systems of Support: RTI & PBIS, not including SPED 6000.

This program is offered online.


Students may receive the graduate certificate by completing a minimum of 20 credit hours from the SPED courses listed below.

  • SPED 5700 School-Based Prevention/Intervention: RTI and PBIS (3 hours)
  • SPED 5701 Universal School-Wide PBIS (3 hours)
  • SPED 5702 Secondary Prevention: Targeted Group Interventions (3 hours)
  • SPED 5703 Applying PBIS: Functional Behavior Assessment/ and Behavior Support Planning/Implementation (3 hours)
  • SPED 5413¬†Assessment of Learning and Learning Problems (3 hours)
  • SPED 5704 PBIS/Systems Leadership: Staff Development & Coaching (2-3 hours)
  • SPED 6000 Applied Field Experience (3 hours)


Students seeking this advanced graduate certificate must have earned a recognized master's degree with a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 and meet all of the admission and acceptance criteria as outlined in the graduate program's Academic Policies and Procedures.

Send all required admission materials to

Webster University
Office of Admission
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Studies Department.