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Earn a grad cert for less credits, learn social and emotional supports for students

Attention teachers and service providers: Are you ready to support your students’ social-emotional learning when they return this fall? If you are looking for new ways to support all students, from universal prevention to intensive supports, consider signing up for the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Interventions and Supports program which can be completed in just 12 credits, all online.

Amy Wickstrom leading a bucket drumming activity in her music classroom.

Amy Wickstrom, elementary education music teacher in the Boise School District, was able to immediately apply what she learned in the Behavioral Interventions and Supports program in her classroom and school. “This year, with the knowledge I gained, I was able to create an automated system that allows educators/school staff to input every behavioral incident, inform the classroom teacher, principal, behavioral specialist, and myself on the incident, and track data” said Wickstrom. “This has proven invaluable. I have shared this system with others and they are piloting this in their schools currently.”

Wickstrom has also applied what she learned in the program to developing a line of research specific to behavioral supports for music teachers. “Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to present my research in providing behavioral supports to music educators at four national conferences” said Wickstrom. One conference even asked Wickstrom to present her material at three separate sessions to ensure attendees had multiple opportunities to access the information she had to share.

The Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Interventions and Supports program is designed for current or prospective education professionals who want to expand their knowledge of interventions and supports for individuals from birth through adulthood who engage in challenging behaviors that make inclusion in school and community-based settings a challenge. The graduate certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the MEd in Early and Special Education.

Click here to learn more about the program.

See how Amy Wickstrom uses behavioral interventions and supports