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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC614 Course ID: 4173 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Course participants will develop instructional and leadership skills required for teaching students with special learning needs, as well as students at-risk for academic and social failure. The concepts of educator collaboration, least restrictive environment, accommodations and modifications, confidentiality, behavior management, identification, and giftedness will be reviewed using authentic case studies. Participants will reflect upon how these concepts drive instructional practices in today’s challenging classroom environment. Case studies will be used to facilitate online discussions regarding beliefs, best practices, challenges, current research, and applications to individuals’ own teaching practice. The cases in this course depict problems and opportunities related to classroom management, individual behavior management strategies and systems, functional behavioral assessments, developmentally appropriate behavior management goals, and zero tolerance policies. (Prerequisite: EDUC503)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  • Appraise what is “special” about special education (CEC 1)
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of special education teachers (CEC 4, 7, 9)
  • Distinguish ways a general education teacher can work effectively with students with special needs (CEC 7, 10)
  • Examine other professional roles who provide services to students with special needs (CEC 10)
  • Analyze the protective and risk factors associated with challenging behavior (CEC 1, 2)
  • Defend how relationships protect against risk factors associated with challenging behavior (CEC 1, 2, 9)
  • Use strategies proven to assist in the prevention of challenging behavior (CEC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9)

Required Course Textbooks

Rosenberg, M.S., Westling, D.L., McLeskey, J. (2010). Special education for today’s teachers: An introduction. (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

Pierangelo, Roger, Ph.D. (2004). The Special educator’s survival guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.