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 RtI model for future coursework in other content areas within the graduate department.
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee
- One set of transcripts uploaded to MyRED
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
2. Required by the department
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
Application deadlineFall: 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)