Improving Instruction, Accessibility, and Outcomes

Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) ∴ Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ∴ Differentiated Instruction (DI)


The intent of this professional development module is to give instructors of candidates in teacher and administration preparation programs the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to equip candidates with the practice of providing multi-tier instruction and interventions matched to students’ needs. The module is organized into three chapters, Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Differentiated Instruction ( DI), and each chapter features:

  • principles and framework
  • tips and strategies
  • case studies and activities.

All materials and resources in each chapter are included for the dual purpose of: (1) instructor professional development; and (2) effective preparation of teacher and administration candidates in the skills needed to instruct and support all preK thru high school students including students with disabilities, students who are English learners, and advanced students. Instructors have permission to use materials and resources contained in this module in their courses.

Professional Development Course Module – Three Chapters

Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS)

A prevention framework that organizes building-level resources to address each individual student’s academic and/or behavioral needs. MTSS allows for the early identification of learning and behavioral challenges and timely intervention for students who are at risk for poor learning outcomes.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL is a framework for guiding educational practice that provides flexibility in: student engagement, infromation presentation, and avenues for students to respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Differentiated Instruction (DI)

Differentiated instruction is a framework for effective teaching that involves providing diverse students with different avenues to learning (often in the same classroom). DI addresses content, process, product, affect and the learning environment, so that all students can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.