Publication Date

Spring 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Carl Myers (Director), Dr. Sarah Ochs, and Dr. Adam Lockwood

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


The purpose of this study was to review literature on Response to Intervention (RTI) at the early childhood level. RTI has become increasingly prevalent within K-12 settings. Less research exists for the expansion within early childhood settings. A systematic review of literature was conducted and all available literature on RTI in early childhood education since 2004 was identified and reviewed. Articles were sorted into three broad categories for review: (a) combined, (b) academics, and (c) social emotional behaviors. The review indicated the different behaviors recommended to be examined within the early childhood setting, types of assessment methods used, and interventions and measurement tools that can be used within RTI. Limitations, gaps in research, and future directions are discussed as well.


Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | School Psychology | Special Education and Teaching