Response to Intervention: Reading

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Response to Intervention: Reading Certificate Program certificate program offers a route for teachers to begin graduate coursework closely linked to the practices and reform mandated in their schools. Response to Intervention (RtI) framework is not a part of educational legislation through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. As such, training in RtI is an emerging need in many school systems. Currently, the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools holds three separate grants on RtI practices, and the center has reported a need for training on RtI in Nebraska and beyond.

This certificate program within the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education allows teachers engaged in Response to Intervention in their schools to gain professional recognition their expertise. The coursework of this certificate program also offers a Response to Intervention (RtI) model for future coursework in other content areas within the graduate department.

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This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.

Graduate Chair

Dr. Kathy Wilson


Certificate Advisor

Associate Professor Guy Trainin


Graduate Secretary

Ms. Shari Daehling


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by the department for this certificate

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education program
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Fit between applicant's goals and interests and the goals of the certificate
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5

Application deadline
Fall: May 1st
Spring: October 1st
Summer: March 1st
The application process is a two-part procedure. Applicants must apply to the UNL Graduate College and to the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.


The certificate program includes two core courses, one required workshop, and two other TEAC/SPED courses for a total of 13-15 credit hours.


  • TEAC 811B: Response to Intervention (3 credits)
  • SPED 802: Assessment (3 credits)
  • TEAC 893: Workshop: Response to Intervention (1 credit)


Choose two of the following (6-8 credits).

  • TEAC 811: Reading Practices and Processes (other than Response to Intervention)
  • TEAC 806/806A: Reading and Writing Disabilities
  • TEAC 836A: Professional Development in Education: Literacy Coaching
  • TEAC 838: Linguistics for the Classroom Teacher
  • TEAC 886/886B: Assessment, Evaluation and Instruction of At Risk Readers (counts as two courses)
  • TEAC 890: Workshop in education (specific section must be approved for inclusion by the advisory committee)

More course information

The Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

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