Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Certificate

The PBIS Certificate features a three-part series of courses designed to acclimate and educate the practicing educator in the concepts, research, and issues surround implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an evidenced-based framework for solving student behavioral issues through proactive and positive behavior management, at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The second course in the series focuses on PBIS at the classroom level, while the final course focuses on an examination of PBIS interventions with students at the Tier III level as well as models of behavior support programs.  The three-part PBIS Certificate was created by GCSU Assistant Professor Rob Sumowski, Ed.D., of the Special Education Program of the Lounsbury College of Education.

This initial course, An Introduction to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (EDEX 6123), focuses specifically on an introduction to school climate and culture and its influence on student achievement and behavior.  Emphasis will be placed on an introduction to the PBIS framework, philosophy, core beliefs, and components and its role within school culture and climate, and concludes with a project in which students will design a school-wide PBIS program from scratch.  The ultimate purpose of each of these steps is to assist students in developing a foundation upon which students may become architects of change within their districts and schools.

The second course, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in the Classroom (EDEX 6124), focuses initially on an introduction to PBIS and its influence on student achievement and behavior, and then shifts into an overview of Positive Behavior Interventions within P-12 classroom settings.  Emphasis will be placed on an introduction to the PBIS framework, the different dynamics involved in classroom management, and concludes with a project in which students will design a PBIS-based classroom from scratch.  The ultimate purpose of each of these steps is to assist students in developing a foundation upon which students may become architects of change within their districts, schools, and classrooms.

The third and final course, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at the Tier III Level (EDEX 6125), focuses on PBIS-Based management of student behavior at the Tier III level as well as an introduction to PBIS-based behavior support programs.  Emphasis will be placed on an introduction to PBIS, the creation of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), and different models of district-level behavior support programs.  The ultimate purpose of each of these steps is to assist students in developing a foundation upon which students may become architects of change within their districts, schools, and classrooms.


Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Director CBX 70 Georgia College
217A Kilpatrick Education Center
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1383  Fax: 478-445-6582
shanda.brand@gcsu.edu  


Dr. Rob Sumowski
Assistant Professor of Special Education
217B Kilpatrick Education Center
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-2127
Rob.Sumowski@gcsu.edu