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Master of Applied Psychology in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MAP- MTSS)

The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), in collaboration with the Graduate School of Education (GSE) has led in the development of a series of courses dedicated to translating leading-edge science into effective implementation of MTSS in K-12 settings.  GSAPP now offers a 30-credit master’s degree in Applied Psychology focused exclusively on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MAP-MTSS) in school settings.  These courses have been designed for current or future professionals in education (e.g. general or special educators, instructional leaders, administrators, counselors, psychologists, or other support professionals) who are looking to become change agents in their schools or districts.

What is MTSS?

Pioneered by scholars in education and school psychology, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework for providing comprehensive academic and behavioral health services for K-12 students. Use of this framework has been strongly advocated by school systems, policymakers, and researchers at the state and national levels.  To effectively implement MTSS, school districts may need to provide more comprehensive school-wide programming that requires additional professional development to build or expand their efforts. Benefits of specialized training in MTSS include:

 

  • Become a leader for 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.

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.

MTSS Implementation and COVID-19

Check out the webinar below from December 2020 to hear from a panel of experts as they discuss a range of questions that now surround implementation of MTSS for reading and mathematics.

Urgent Need: Covid-19 and the closure of schools nationwide created dire situations for school leaders, teachers and students—particularly those in communities with high levels of poverty. We must anticipate historic learning losses and exacerbated inequities in achievement. School districts, now more than ever, need to offer services that are responsive to a continuum of needs—that raise achievement for all students, regardless of category or ability level.

Rutgers MAP- MTSS Program Description

The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), now offers leading-edge graduate training for education professionals focused on MTSS in K-12 settings. The MAP-MTSS 30 credit degree was developed by national leaders in the disciplines of education and psychology.  MAP-MTSS program course work has been designed as a pathway to building MTSS expertise 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.  Courses are currently delivered online to accommodate schedules of working professionals.

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

MAP-MTSS PROGRAM FACULTY

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF APPLIED & PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

 

Dr. Jennifer Foster

Dr. Jennifer Foster

Director of MTSS Programs

Dr. Adam Lekwa

Dr. Adam Lekwa

Dr. Todd Glover

Dr. Todd Glover

Dr. Linda Reddy

Dr. Linda Reddy

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

 

Dr. Judth Harrison

Dr. Judith Harrison

Dr. Matthew Mayer

Dr. Matthew Mayer

 
 

 

 

Rutgers MAP - MTSS Eligibility & Admissions: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or advanced undergraduate), or higher degree in education, psychology, or related field.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or advanced undergraduate in psychology or a related field.
  • Undergraduate transcripts, demonstrating 3.0+ GPA; attach graduate transcripts if available.
  • Statement of Interest
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Access to reliable internet connection.

Rutgers MAP - MTSS Coursework

Course

Course #

Credits

Foundations (Required Courses)

 

 

 

Prevention & Intervention in Tiered Systems

18:820:525

3

 

Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making

18:820:526

3

 

Behavioral and Systems Consultation in MTSS

18:820: TBD

3

Electives (MTSS Grad. Cert.: Select 3; MAP-MTSS: Select 5)

 

 

 

Data-Based Decision Making in Early Reading Skills

18:820: TBD

3

 

Data-Based Decision Making in Early Math Skills

18:820: TBD

3

 

Classroom Organization for Inclusive and Special Classrooms

GSE

3

 

Inclusive Teaching in Education – MTSS

GSE

3

 

Multi-Tiered Social Emotional Learning and Behavioral Supports

18:820: TBD

3

 

MTSS in Secondary Educational Settings

18:820: TBD

3

 

Restorative Practices and Psychological Wellness

18:820: TBD

3

Capstone Project

18:820: TBD

6

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

30

 

Registration Information: https://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/grad/index.htm

MTSS Registration Directions

Visit us online at GSAPP Master of Applied Psychology in MTSS  or GSAPP Certificate Program in MTSS

For more information, please contact mtss@rutgers.edu or call 848-445-5437

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