Leadership in Tiered Systems of Support: RTI and PBIS

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Graduate Courses for Spring 2020

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

Advanced Graduate Certificate
20 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education and is only available online.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

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) toward this advanced graduate certificate in leadership in tiered systems of support: RTI and PBIS, not including SPED 6000.


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 Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention (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 Research (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements. 

Admission Requirements

  • Students seeking this advanced graduate certificate must have earned a recognized master's degree with a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. 

Send all admissions materials to:

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