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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC590 Course ID: 4087 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is designed to give regular education teachers strategies to use in academically and culturally diverse classrooms. Using case studies as a launching point, course participants will examine the complexities of balancing the needs of gifted education, general education, special education, and culturally diverse students in a standards-driven climate. Use of tiered assignments, alternative assessments targeting different intelligences, and other modifications will be evaluated, implemented, and refined. Course participants will collaborate to address beliefs, best practices, challenges, current research, and ways to apply them to their own teaching practice.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand differentiation.
  • Analyze the need for diversified assessment strategies to demonstrate students’ achievement of academic, behavioral, and functional skills and to make continuous instructional decisions.
  • Analyze diverse student characteristics and environmental factors (to plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction and learning).
  • Apply information related to best practices and/or demonstrate appropriate strategies for teaching students of all abilities across grade levels (including assessment, differentiation of instruction, research-based instructional strategies, age appropriate instructional materials, instructional and assistive technology, co-teaching, collaboration, and classroom management).

Required Course Textbooks

Heacox, D. (2008). Differentiating Instruction in the regular classroom. How to reach and teach all learners, Grades 3-12. Free Spirit Publishing: Minneapolis, MN. ISBN-13: 978-1575423289

*Vaughn, S., Bos, C., Schumm, J. S. (2010). Teaching Students who are exceptional, diverse, and at risk in the general education classroom, (5thEd.) Allyn & Bacon: Boston, MA. ISBN-13: 978-0137151790

Recommended Textbook for the degree program:

In addition to the required texts in this course, you are strongly encouraged to purchase the latest addition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) if you have not previously purchased this resource.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note Web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Services

Disability Rights California


Children and Adults with ADHD

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association

National Institute for Childhood Health and Human Development

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic

Cooperative Learning Center of the University of Minnesota

The Educator’s Reference Desk

North Central Regional Education Laboratory – Grouping Practices

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders


US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

Southern Poverty Law Center

National MultiCultural Institute

National Association for Multicultural Education

National Association for Bilingual Education

Teachers of English to Speakers of Foreign Languages

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

National Center for Children in Poverty

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory – Critical Issue: Providing Effective Schooling for Students at Risk

Center for Applied Special Technology

Success for All Foundation

Ed by Design

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Center\mcc

How to

Self-Determination Synthesis Project

Book Title:Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom - With CD
Publication Info:Free Spirit Publishing
Author:Heacox, Diane
Unit Cost:$19.81
Book Title:Teaching Students Who are Exceptional, Diverse, and at Risk in the General Education Classroom. 5th ed
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Vaughn, Sharon R
Unit Cost:$29.99

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.