Special Education (Certificate): Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

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The Special Education MTSS Online Certificate is a series of four (4) online courses designed to prepare individuals with necessary knowledge and skills related to policies and practices to support the implementation of MTSS. Course content provides enrollees with evidence-based practices and knowledge of tiered intervention services in the context of preparing effective teachers, administrators, and allied professionals who work at the local education agency or state education agency levels. The program is a portal through which participants may ultimately pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and/or licensure in special education.

The four online courses in the GCSE:MTSS represent 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. 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.

Plan Requirements

Required Courses9
Education of Children with Exceptionalities
Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Applied Behavior Analysis & Positive Behavior Intervention and Support in Schools
Elective Course3
Intervention for Behavior Problems of Students with Disabilities
Teaching Functional and Life Skills to Students with Disabilities
Total Hours12


Full Professors

  • Cathy L. Crossland
  • Edward J. Sabornie

Associate Professors

  • Jessica Heather Hunt

Assistant Professors

  • Jamie Nicole Pearson

Practice/Research/Teaching Professors

  • Valerie Ness Faulkner
  • Kristin Hofmann

Emeritus Faculty

  • Douglas A. Cullinan
  • Susan Sinclair Osborne