Tiered Instruction and Interventions: 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.

Graduate Certificate
12 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 12-hour graduate certificate program is targeted to educators and other qualified professionals who are interested in developing and participating in school-wide Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The graduate certificate in tiered instruction and interventions: RTI and PBIS is designed to provide educators with the knowledge and expertise to design, implement and evaluate individual, small group and systemic strategies that improve academic and social outcomes for K-12 students. The conceptual framework is based in "tiered systems" approaches to school-wide systems of prevention and improvement. This program is targeted to educators who are interested in pursuing careers as behavior specialists and/or school-wide RTI/PBIS team members or consultants.

Coursework from the graduate certificate program may be applied toward the requirements of the master of arts in special education degree program.


  • 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)


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

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Send all admissions materials to:

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