Supporting Students Using a MTSS Framework

(Grades 6-12) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 139T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42318

Course Description

As a busy secondary level teacher, do you find it difficult to support all your students’ individual academic and behavioral needs? Do you have certain students who challenge you more than others? This online course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12 who want to learn how to use a multi-tiered system to support all their students’ academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs. Universal screening measures are examined as well as using data to guide decisions within the classroom, with a focus on identifying students at-risk for poor academic outcomes. Information on academic supports is shared including universal design for learning, culturally responsive teaching, differentiated instruction, and instilling a growth mindset in students. Specific multi-tiered strategies are introduced to help teachers support students who struggle behaviorally. Teachers will learn the importance of utilizing reinforcement techniques, extinction plans, functional behavior assessments, and behavior intervention plans. A variety of social-emotional strategies are also discussed, including social skills instruction and the impact school climate has on students’ mental health. By the end of the course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to embed a multi-tiered system of supports within their own teaching practices to best support their students. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This course provided great information on how to assess students who need additional academic and social-emotional support as well as helpful resources on how to help these students." - Clinton McElroy

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$127 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD

$323 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42318
Unit One
  • A Multi-Tiered Approach to Supporting Students
  • Universal Screening to Identify Students At-Risk
  • Using Data to Make Informed Decisions
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Universal Academic Instruction
  • Evidence-Based Academic Interventions
  • Encouraging a Growth Mindset
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Supporting Positive Behaviors in the Secondary Classroom
  • Recording Students’ Targeted Behavior
  • Designing and Implementing Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Reinforcing Desirable Behaviors
  • Placing Behaviors on Extinction
  • Engaging Families in MTSS
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • The Impact of Mental Health on School Climate
  • Social-Emotional Competencies for Secondary Students
  • Social Skills Instruction
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Supporting Students That Have Been Exposed to Trauma
  • Interventions for Students with Language Differences
  • Considerations for Struggling Students
  • Assignment #4: Design an intervention
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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