Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support

he Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) graduate certificate is designed for teachers, para-educators, administrators, guidance counselors, psychologists and other school or community providers, and family members interested in increasing their understanding of the process of enhancing the emotional well being of students through systemic, positive, prevention-focused, and data-based decision making in schools. This program is fully online.

Program Requirements
  • The candidate must hold a baccalaureate degree in education or a related field.
  • The special education program coordinator must interview the candidate.
  • The candidate must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the PBIS course list. Courses will be determined according to the student’s needs and must be approved by the program coordinator.
  • The student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher in the program.
Competencies
  • Knowledge and application of positive behavioral interventions and supports designed to enhance the emotional well-being of all students in schools.
  • Knowledge and application of universal, positive, and proactive school-wide approaches designed to enhance discipline practices and school climate, including:
    • developing skills in collaboration and consultation with colleagues and families;
    • developing and implementing school-wide expectations;
    • developing and implementing a behavior matrix of expectations across settings;
    • developing and implementing teaching scripts to address pro-social behaviors;
    • developing and implementing a school-wide reinforcement system;
    • determining office versus classroom referrals;
    • developing and implementing a database system for behavior;
    • evaluating the universal system using data-based decision making for improving practice.
  • Knowledge and application of targeted approaches aimed at addressing the behavior of students for whom universal interventions are insufficient, including:
    • developing skills in collaboration and consultation with colleagues and families;
    • developing and implementing a process for addressing the behavior of students who are not experiencing success with universal interventions;
    • completing functional behavioral assessments on targeted students;
    • completing behavior intervention plans based on functional behavioral assessments;
    • designing and implementing targeted group interventions aimed at reducing problem behavior and increasing pro-social behavior and academic achievement;
    • evaluating the targeted system using data-based decision making for improving practice.
  • Knowledge and application of intensive approaches aimed at addressing the behavior of students for whom targeted interventions are insufficient, including:
    • developing skills in collaboration and consultation with colleagues and families;
    • developing and implementing a process for addressing the behavior of students who are not experiencing success with universal and targeted interventions;
    • developing skills in wrap-around planning;
    • developing skills in interagency coordination;
    • evaluating the intensive system using data-based decision making for improving practice.

Curriculum Requirements

PBIS Courses – 12 credits

Total for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Certificate – 12 credits

Students who are part of a school that is implementing PBIS can register and receive graduate credits for some of the work that they are doing at the school level.