Graduate School of Education




Check out the 2010 Summer PBIS Series

Course Syllabi
    SPED 521 - Behavior & Classroom Management
             -offered every quarter at PSU
    SPED 510 - Advanced Behavior Management
      -offered only spring quarter

      SPED 513 - Classroom Assessment & Instructional Planning

             -offered summer quarter

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Focus Area

The PBIS Focus Area, within the Master’s Program in Special Education, will provide study and practice in proven behavior management and instructional practices leading to more effective classroom environments and interventions for students with challenging behavior.  In addition, the Focus Area will examine the benefits of school-wide systems of behavior support as a first level of prevention for student behavior problems.  Students in the PBIS Focus Area will have the opportunity to attend trainings and participate on school teams implementing systems change through Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports.

Goals of the PBIS Focus Area are to provide students with the understanding, as well as an opportunity, to participate in the full continuum of PBIS, from effective school-wide systems, to developing interventions for challenging individual students.  Students will be provided the skills and the challenge to become future leaders in the development and implementation of PBIS in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

 The PBIS Seminar (SPED 506) is a 1 credit course that is offered Fall, Winter & Spring quarter.  PBIS Focus Area members also take the Behavior & Classroom Management course (SPED 521) and the Advanced Behavior Management course (SPED 510).

These courses are open to any students in the GSE (Special Education, General Education Teacher Educators, School Counselors, Administrators, etc).  PBIS is being implemented in over 150 schools in the Portland Metro area and involves all school employees.... so increasing understanding of PBIS for all educators is important. 

If you would like further information, or if you are interested in participating in the PBIS Focus Area, please contact Chris via email at

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Chris Borgmeier, PhD
         Associate Professor