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SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices: Kindergarten through Eighth Grades

Support the learning of students, grades K-8, with special needs in inclusive classrooms.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 16 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

A classroom is many things to a young student. It’s a place to have fun. To learn new skills. To make friends. To feel safe. This course shows you how to make your classroom all of these things. You learn how to manage a classroom, from how it’s designed, to how it affects behavior. You also discover the importance of collaboration with other teachers, parents, and outside consultants.

In this course, you’re responsible for a hypothetical class of students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Your inclusive classroom is made up of a combination of general education students along with some students who have disabilities and other learning differences. As you collaborate with others in planning and teaching all students, you learn how to effectively plan for students with learning differences in your class.

Throughout the course you apply a variety of management practices designed for school-wide, classroom, and/or individual behaviors. In addition, you learn research-based academic interventions to effectively teach students with disabilities in today’s schools. You develop an understanding of the unique needs of students in grades K-8 as well as proactive approaches to classroom and school environments. In addition, study includes a focus on understanding how behaviors are influenced by pedagogical practices.

Regular discussions enhance your learning experience by allowing you to interact with your professors and peers on a range of relevant topics. For example, you might discuss how to create individualize behavior supports for students having trouble with social interactions, or explore how to integrate a teaching assistant into class.

Sample Course Topics  

Weekly topics in SPE 612 might include:

  • Foundations of Behavior
  • Individual Behavior Supports
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Collaboration
  • Response to Intervention
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 612, you will be able to:

  • Discuss various theories as to why students exhibit problem behavior, and how to consider, gather, and use behavioral data.
  • Understand influential factors that can affect student behavior, including societal and physiological demands; physical, cognitive, and social changes in child and adolescent development; and parental, peer, and self-expectations.
  • Explain functional analysis and functional assessment of students’ behavior.
  • Understand proactive approaches to preparing and managing the physical environment of your classroom.
  • Set clear limits through effective rules and consequences in order to increase productive time-on-task and raise student achievement.
  • Create effective collaborations by supporting partnerships between teacher trainees and master teachers, by encouraging schools to build a collaborative learning community, and by encouraging teachers to seek outside assistance.
  • Explain the Response to Intervention model.
  • Discuss the School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.
  • Understand and complete Threat Assessments.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Inclusive Classroom Practices: K-8, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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