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SPE 606 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional/Social and Behavioral Disorders

Learn why students with these disorders face behavior challenges in the classroom and how to create an environment that assists and supports them.

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

Emotional well-being is a key factor in maintaining a positive learning environment —even one student with a behavioral disorder can challenge the balance of your entire classroom. In this course, you learn how to identify behavioral disorders and incorporate methods of guidance, discipline, and motivation for the students, while maintaining a classroom atmosphere that encourages all students to be their best.

In this course you learn about behavioral, social and emotional disorders in an educational setting, including methods of identification, assessment and instructional planning. You develop skills in effective classroom management and creating a classroom climate conducive to learning and growth. This course also introduces a variety of discipline models, emphasizing activities that promote pupil motivation, classroom management, and organization of the environment.

Each week you use case studies to examine hypothetical student’s behavioral issues, ranging from bullying to tantrums to concentration difficulties. These thought-provoking discussions give you the opportunity to interact with your classmates and professor while gaining valuable insight into factors that might cause or trigger a behavior problem and how to handle it effectively. You learn about screening for behavior disorders and how to prepare effective responses to misbehavior.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Introduction to Educating Students with Emotional, Social and Behavior Disorders (EBD)
  • Legislation and Historical Background of EBD
  • Assessment and Possible Causes of EBD
  • Types of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Proactive Classroom Management and Responding to Problem Behaviors
  • Educational Strategies for Teaching Students with EBD 
  • Progress Monitoring of Students with EBD

Examples of What You’ll Learn

Upon completion of SPE 606, you can:

  • Identify the characteristics of students with emotional, social, and behavior challenges.   
  • Discuss legal and current issues related to educating students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • List teacher and administrator responsibilities when students are bullied or bullying.
  • Identify causal factors of EBD.
  • Choose an appropriate approach to intervention for each student with behavioral, social or emotional challenges.
  • Increase appropriate behaviors and decrease inappropriate behaviors.
  • Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and develop a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP).
  • Create a systematic plan for effectively responding to problem behaviors.
  • Use Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals to develop instructional plans.
  • Develop instructional strategies that promote academic achievement and positive behaviors.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional/Social and Behavioral Disorders, 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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