Comprehensive Systems of Support Graduate Certificate

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Connect with your students

Better serve your students by knowing the best ways to support and teach them.

Improve academic success and behaviors. Know the key strategies for interventions and support.

Certificate in Comprehensive Systems of Support

Reesha Adamson, Program Director
Park Central Office Building, Room 103

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Comprehensive Systems of Support provides a 12-hour graduate-level experience for school administrators, teachers, and individuals working at the school building level. The program provides knowledge and expertise in multi-tiered systems of support, positive behavior interventions and supports, response to intervention, and specific strategies for creating levels of support to address intervention beyond restrictive student settings. The certificate is interdisciplinary in nature and provides competencies in comprehensive systems and inclusive educational environments. This certificate is a Missouri State University Certificate and does not meet Missouri State Certification requirements for teaching.

Admissions criteria

  1. Completion of the baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A personal statement that addresses the applicant's professional career goals and how the program will help accomplish these goals.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. A brief resume or curriculum Vita.
  5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.0 on the International English Language System (IELTS).

Course requirements

Previous coursework will be evaluated by program coordinator and prerequisite exceptions will be made based off of course content and knowledge.

Required courses - 12 hours total

Required courses
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 619 Methods I: Cognitive and Behavioral Teaching Approaches for Exceptional Learners 3 hrs
SPE 660 Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals 3 hrs
SPE 710 Problems in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues and Diversity in Special Education 3 hrs

This certificate is a Missouri State University Certificate and does not meet Missouri State Certification requirements for teaching.

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

Possible career paths

Boost your career as an:

  • Administrator.
  • Teacher.
  • Related K-12 professional.

Inspiring academics

Knowledge based on experience — Missouri State's approach to learning sets you up for success with insight from expert faculty, personalized advising and practical learning opportunities.

Unbeatable Value

A smart investment in your future — Missouri State is committed to delivering academic excellence along with affordable costs and extensive financial aid opportunities.