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SPE 615 Teaching Adolescents in Inclusive Environments

Support intermediate and secondary-age students 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

While a general education curriculum is appropriate for the majority of students with disabilities, secondary learners who are at risk for academic and behavioral failure, including those with disabilities, have specific learning and behavioral characteristics that can undermine their progress. This course focuses on the unique needs of such students in grades seven through twelfth grades.

This course provides a careful analysis of the specific needs and characteristic of intermediate and secondary-aged learners, including slower rates of acquiring information and skills, deficits in the ability to generalize learned skills to other settings or conditions and a lack of ability to retain skills, all of which directly influence their behavior. Other topics include the unique psychosocial problems of adolescents, social and interpersonal skill training priorities of young adults, and validated learning strategies for adolescents and young adults.

With this understanding of the challenges students face and how adolescent behaviors are influenced by pedagogical practices and classroom environments, you develop skills for inclusive classroom management and creating a classroom climate conducive to student achievement. You explore a variety of discipline models, investigate activities that support positive behavior and increase pupil motivation, and apply methods for establishing cooperative classroom routines, procedures, and practices.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Foundations of Behavior
  • Individual Behavior Supports
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Collaboration
  • Response to Intervention
  • School-Wide Behavior Supports and Safety

Examples of What You’ll Learn

Upon completing SPE 615, you will be able to:

  • Use evaluative data to identify and implement instructional and/or programmatic revisions for quality improvement
  • Identify effective instructional strategies to address areas of need
  • Analyze student performance and modify instruction as necessary
  • Understand diverse student needs and differentiate instruction
  • Identify different types of disabilities
  • Provide interventions for struggling learners
  • Participate in school-wide approaches to intervention and effective instruction
  • Design an environment that is respectful of students with disabilities and provides them with optimal learning opportunities

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 Teaching Adolescents in Inclusive Environments, 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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