Our completely online certificate in response to intervention (RTI), also known as response to instruction, is designed to provide teachers, school psychologists, and behavioral consultants with the ability to provide early, effective assistance to children who are having difficulty learning.

You will learn how to lessen the chance of academic failure through early intervention, skills for frequent progress measurement, and intensive, research-based instructional interventions for children who are having academic difficulties.

Our 15-credit, online certificate stands as a specialized credential on its own, or can be used toward a master's degree in special education.

You will be learning these skills from a university with a national reputation as a leader in educator preparation. Ball State is accredited by the following: 

  • National Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Indiana Teacher Training and Licensing Commission

Academic Advisor 

Bonnie Krupa, Graduate Advisor and Program Management Specialist
Department of Special Education

Course Requirements

The 15-credit response to intervention graduate certificate gives you the expertise to implement the latest and best practices in special education for determining the ideal instructional methods and placement for a child. The certificate can be incorporated into a master’s program in special education. It’s a good choice if you have a teaching license in elementary, secondary, or special education.

The certificate consists of a core of three courses and the flexibility of choosing two courses from another area such as reading or behavioral methods.

Please note that the response to intervention graduate certificate does not lead to a teaching license. Graduate certificates will not accept transfer credits.

Required Courses (9 Credits)

  • SPCE 606 RTI: Seminar in the Basics (3 credits)
  • SPCE 607 RTI: Tracking Student Progress (3 credits)
  • EDEL 655 Principles of Differentiation in the Elementary Classroom (3 creditss)

Courses in Your Specialty (6 Credits)

You will take two additional courses in your area of chosen specialty (such as reading, math, autism, gifted, school psychology, science). Your academic advisor will be able to help you choose from available options and Ball State offers many options to fit your needs.

Ready to Apply?

To be accepted into the graduate certificate in response to intervention program you need to apply and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer semester: April 15
  • Fall semester: July 10
  • Spring semester: November 15


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

If the degree is offered only in an online format, U.S. policies will not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country. 

International Students Studying Online Only

If you’re an international student, in addition to meeting the requirements above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

International Students Studying on Campus 

You can only study on campus if the degree has either an on-campus or blended option. Online only degrees cannot be taken on campus. If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. 

Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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