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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Clemmer College

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention

100% Online Graduate Certificate

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Become an RTI expert in your school with our fully online 15-credit-hour graduate certificate covering RTI policy and structure, diagnostic and remedial tools and procedures, and evidence-based practices in reading, math, and behavior.

The Response to Intervention (sometimes called Response to Instruction) certificate is provided by the ETSU Department of Education Foundations & Special Education and the ETSU Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The certificate aims to prepare educators to provide early and effective multi-tiered assistance to students who require additional support to succeed in the classroom.

This certificate is a specialized credential on its own, but it may also be used toward graduate level coursework in pursuit of a Master of Education degree. 


Program of Study

 Program of Study

CUAI 5780 - Organizing and Implementing Response to Intervention in Classrooms

SPED 5610 - Evidence-Based Practices in Response to Intervention: Ensuring Success in the Diverse Classroom

READ 5027 - Diagnostic and Remedial Procedures in Reading

SPED 5620 - Response to Intervention in Mathematics

And one of the following courses:

READ 5120 - Linguistics of Reading

READ 5750 - Literacy Instruction in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

SPED 5757 - Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading and Language Arts

SPED 5497 - Teaching and Learning Strategies

SPED 5470 - Assessment of Exceptional Learning Needs

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

This certificate enables teachers already holding at least a bachelor's degree in teaching and/or those who are already practicing teachers to have a greater and more in-depth understanding of the framework and successful interventions to support at-risk students.

ETSU School of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements

These standards and materials are required of all applicants regardless of program. Individual program requirements are additional to the following: 

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis.

A completed graduate application form. (Please use the code "RITV-C4" on the form where it asks for your intended major.) 

A personal essay of 150-300 words, detailing your interests in a graduate program at ETSU.

A non-refundable application fee.

One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses.

Response to Intervention Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree in a teaching field (e.g. secondary, special education, general education, etc.) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must complete the PRAXIS I exams in reading, writing, and math with a passing score or a professional education licenses.

Applicants must provide a copy of a valid and current teaching license (can be a graduate not yet teaching).

Tuition Information



ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office


(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094

 Gainful Employment

Important information about program costs, education debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended Response to Intervention at East Tennessee State University is available here.

All Programs and Certificates offered by the ETSU College of Education are accredited by the following:

  • the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • the Tennessee Department of Education
  • the Council of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP)

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