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Program Overview

The Multi-Tired Systems of Support (MTSS) graduate certificate provides training for individuals who wish to build expertise in MTSS implementation for students and schools. Learning from faculty who are leaders in the field, students will explore how to accurately identify the academic and behavioral needs of individuals they work with. Graduates from MSU's MTSS program will have the skills to improve students experiences and achievements through hands-on and informed decision-making. The MTSS graduate certificate can be completed individually or in connection with the Master of Arts in Special Education program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to strongly and meaningfully contribute to a more positive school climate for students. The program will teach graduates how to adapt their work to individual student needs to improve achievement and prevent actions that may cause academic or behavioral problems.

Career Outlook

After completing the graduate certificate in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Spartans will be leaders in their schools, satisfying a growing need for advocates of the academic, emotional and behavioral needs of students.



  • CEP 802AReflection and Inquiry in Teaching Special Education I: Mild Impairment3 Credits
  • CEP 803AAssessment of Students with Mild Disabilities3 Credits
  • CEP 804BAdvanced Diagnosis and Remediation for Students with Literacy Disabilities3 Credits
  • CEP 809Data-Driven Instruction within Multi-Tiered Systems of Support3 Credits


  • CEP 841Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom3 Credits
  • CEP 844Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Previous work experience


  3. A written personal statement

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 6789)
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Key Dates

Summer Semester

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Fall Semester

Application Deadline

June 1, 2021

Spring Semester

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $15,866
  • Total


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