Special Education for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

 

Graduate Certificate | Special Education for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a 12-credit-shour, fully online graduate certificate program in special education. School districts across North Carolina and the country are implementing MTSS to include School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI). These districts need personnel to support implementation of the MTSS approach within their schools. Full implementation of the MTSS initiative is scheduled to occur in every school district in North Carolina by 2020. The program focuses on the newest, evidence-based intervention concepts of SWPBIS and RtI, giving post-baccalaureate students the knowledge of contemporary special education service delivery in schools. 

Students are formally admitted for Summer or Fall academic terms. Admissions are not made for Spring semesters.

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals--including teachers, administrators and consultants/allied professionals who work with K-12 schools--with necessary knowledge and skills related to policies and practices to support the implementation of MTSS. Graduates will be able to implement MTSS to facilitate evidence-based behavior and academic learning in the classroom setting or to prepare effective teachers, administrators and allied professionals who work at local or state education agencies. Interested persons from private education settings are also invited to enroll in the program. In addition, the program serves as a portal for graduates to go on to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and/or to state licensure in special education.

Eligibility

Program applicants must submit:

a) a resume that identifies educational preparation and professional employment and experiences;

b) a statement of professional goals indicating how this program will enhance job performance or career development;

c) a projected semester timeline for completing program requirements;

d) an official academic transcript from each undergraduate institution that is listed on the application. The official transcript from an institution where an undergraduate degree was earned must include the name of the degree, the area of study, and the year of award. International transcripts must meet the requirements of the Graduate School for translation equivalency.

Interviews of applicants may be required prior to an admission decision. These interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone, via online teleconferencing, etc., as appropriate.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,436 for North Carolina residents and $15,132 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The four required courses total 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. All courses are offered online. No transfer credits from other institutions are allowed to substitute for any of the four courses in this program. All courses must be completed at NC State. Students enrolling in two courses per semester can complete the program within two semesters.

Core Courses

ECI 571 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Units: 3

Methods and materials for teaching students with disabilities in elementary and secondary school. Focus on research-supported instructional strategies for teaching academic skills, Universal Design for Learning, implementation of appropriate academic interventions, and evaluation of instructional outcomes within the context of Response to Intervention and Multi-Tier Systems of Supports.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ECI 573 - Applied Behavior Analysis & Positive Behavior Intervention and Support in Schools

Units: 3

Concepts and procedures involved in design and implementation of techniques for managing the behavior of students in classroom setting. Focus on methods for defining, measuring, increasing, decreasing, maintaining, and generalizing classroom behaviors in all learners. An exploration of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support in school settings.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

ECI 585 - Education of Children with Exceptionalities

Units: 3

Introduction to field of special education. Focus on historical overview, definitions and terminology in basic areas of exceptionality; etiological factors in exceptionality; developmental and learning characteristics of each area of exceptionality;and educational settings and strategies employed in special education including Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Review of current educational laws and policies affecting special education.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Fall Term

Elective Courses  (select one)

ECI 576 - Teaching Functional and Life Skills to Students with Disabilities

Units: 3

Methods of instruction and materials related to teaching children and persons with mild-moderate levels of disability are emphasized. Effective general pedagogical approaches are stressed, as well as the teaching of functional academic skills, curricula used in instructions, teaching social and adaptive behavior as well as daily living skills, and transition-related skills necessary for independent adult life. Multi-tiered Systems of Support as well as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support are also discussed.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ECI 584 - Intervention for Behavior Problems of Students with Disabilities

Units: 3

Curriculum materials, instructional strategies and behavior management techniques related to teaching children and youth with behavioral disorders including individualized instruction, group process, organization and evaluation of classroom programs, parent involvement, community resources and teachers' personal and professional growth and development.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallApril 1
Summer 1April 1
Summer 2April 1

Dr. Edward J Sabornie

Professor, Special Education

College of Education


ejsaborn@ncsu.edu