Graduate Certificate in MTSS

Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) is a framework for providing interventions that are tailored to student learning or behavioral needs, and using data to inform decision making and organize resources.

Why is MTSS important?

Now, more than ever, students approach school with vastly different learning and behavioral needs. Teachers and other professionals and specialists in school settings need knowledge and tools that help them identify students’ learning needs, and implement evidence-based practices closely linked to those needs.

MTSS enables:

  • Rapid, strategic identification of student needs.
  • Matching intensity of interventions to the level of student need.
  • Timely adjustment of treatments based on valid data.

Benefits of specialized training in MTSS:

  • Become a leader in change within your school systems.
  • Gain background and technical knowledge – know what to do, how to do it, and the science behind it.
  • Career advancement: take on systems-level roles, leading progress in assessment, instruction, and support services in school settings.

Current MTSS Course Offerings at Rutgers

Rutgers GSAPP, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Education, announces a unique opportunity for graduate classes in MTSS starting in Fall, 2020! Designed for: School Psychologists, Teachers, School Administrators, Professionals in K-12 Education, or Students seeking careers in K-12 settings.

Focused, Practical Professional Learning

Using a hybrid of online and periodic in-person learning at Rutgers, New Brunswick, classes in the MTSS sequence have been designed for professionals in education and related fields, or for students pursuing careers in this area.

Classes taught by leading scholars in MTSS, including special expertise in coaching, psychoeducational assessment, as well as evidence-based intervention strategies for academic and social/behavioral/emotional learning needs.

Eligibility & Admissions

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or advanced undergraduate), or higher degree in education, psychology, or related field.
  • Access to reliable internet connection.
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MTSS Graduate Courses

18:820:525: Prevention and Intervention in Tiered Systems (3 Credits). Fall, 2020

The purpose of this course is to provide students an in-depth introduction to the foundational concepts and recent history of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in primary and secondary school settings. Students will learn of the rationale behind, and intend outcomes of multi-tiered systems of support in K-12 settings; how these systems are often organized and function; and critically, how schools begin the process of designing and implementing their own MTSS.

As this is the introductory course in the MTSS sequence, students will be exposed to topics of assessment, data-based decision making, and intervention strategies across contexts. Subsequent courses will cover each of these areas in greater depth, and will provide opportunities for greater development of skill and expertise. It is expected that students who receive this certificate will be well equipped to provide some of the consultation and leadership that is necessary to support MTSS adoption and organizational change. By participating in this initial, introductory course, students will have the foundational knowledge required to begin help their school systems begin to evaluate the range of support currently available and identify future implementation needs.

18:820:526: Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making (3 Credits). Spring, 2021

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundational knowledge and applied skills required to engage in multiple forms of assessment used within MTSS frameworks, and to use data collected from such assessments to guide decision making and consultation at the individual and systems levels. This course will help students learn the basics of psychometrics, assessment (focused primarily on curriculum-based, or general outcome measurement), and will familiarize students with current best-practices in data-based decision making. It is expected that students completing this course will be able to translate findings from research into data practices that guide and improve support for all learners.

Systems Consultation (3 Credits); Coming soon.

Data-based Decision Making for Intervention in Early Reading Skills (3 Credits); Coming soon

Classroom Organization for Inclusive and Special Classrooms (3 Credits); Coming soon

Inclusive Teaching in Education – MTSS (3 Credits); Coming soon

Contact Dr. Adam Lekwa with any questions or directions for registration. Email:; Phone: 848-445-5437.