EDUC 645 School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand

Fall: September 25 - November 17, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

You Will Learn How to

  • Critically analyze building and classroom practices and viewpoints regarding PBIS.
  • Apply essential principles of PBIS, varied assessments, and interventions for the purposes to solve school-wide and classroom behavior problems.
  • Create a positive school culture to increase student engagement and success
  • Establish a school-wide plan for cultural norms and behaviors
  • Create a data-driven plan using three-level interventions to address student behavior, eliminate behavioral distractions and monitor progress

Each school has a unique climate and needs which cannot be addressed by a one-size fits all approach.

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • PK-12 classroom teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • School library media specialists
  • Guidance counselors
  • School psychologists
  • Principals
  • Leadership teams

You may enroll in this course for

  • continuing education
  • license renewal/recertification
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your district to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Course Description

Principles of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Roles and functions of the school-wide PBIS team, action planning for sustainable practices, data management systems/tools, and data analysis for planning three-level interventions and monitoring progress.

Our Students Say

"I think the University of Wisconsin Stout online program provides students with excellent instruction in a user-friendly way."
~ Cheryl Diviney, New Jersey

"This course has really put pieces of the PBIS puzzle together for me. I didn’t realize that the behavior system our high school had been implementing was really PBIS. This course allowed me to visualize and reflect upon what we are already doing within our school, as well as look at changes that may need to be implemented."
~ Jennifer Staidl, Menomonie, Wisconsin


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Hannigan, J. D & Hauser, L. (2015.). The PBIS Tier 1 Handbook. Corwin Press. ISBN: 9781483375571

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from as a new or used paperback.

No travel to campus is required.

  • Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced course.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
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