General Overview Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: RTI for Behavior Certificate

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a model that focuses on research-based methods of prevention and intervention combined with data-based decision making to improve student behavioral and academic outcomes. The purpose of this certificate is to provide a sequence of courses that prepare school personnel to lead the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of a three-tiered continuum of behavioral support and intervention in school settings. This certificate program will provide a sequence of coursework based on a three-tier service delivery model consistent with requirements of federal and state law. Students will have the knowledge and skills to provide support to students with intensive behavioral needs, provide leadership to their schools, serve as “coaches” in supporting school implementation in their schools.

Program Requirements (9 credits)

Course Sequence (courses must be taken in order)

  • SED 581: Response to Intervention for Behavior: School-wide Prevention 3cr. – offered Fall term
  • SED 582: Response to Intervention for Behavior: Targeted Intervention 3cr. – offered Spring term
  • SED 583: Response to Intervention for Behavior: Individualized Interventions 3cr. – offered Summer term


When you are ready to apply, please first review these Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application here. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree. Inquiries regarding application procedures should be directed to Becky Libby, by email or by phone 207-581-2444.

What can I do with Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: RTI for Behavior Certificate?

Graduates of this 9-credit certificate program will be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical foundations of Response to Intervention for Behavior and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, with an emphasis on the prevention and positive practices
  • Apply the principals of implementation science to the development of multi-tiered service delivery
  • Understand, from a longitudinal perspective, the key developmental and environmental factors that contribute to the development of prosocial and antisocial behavior
  • Organize a continuum of research-based practices within a school-wide system that addresses students’ social/behavioral needs across three tiers of intervention
  • Use scientifically validated PBIS protocols and procedures to conduct program evaluation and data-based decision making
  • Provide leadership to schools seeking to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain RTI-B.


9 credit hours

Cost & Fees

  • $418/cr. in-state and
  • $523/cr. out-of-state
Program taught in:
  • English

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