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Including Students with Special Needs: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment†
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades K–12
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6929
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
As more students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms, many teachers are challenged by the goal of addressing the needs of all their students. This graduate-level course will help you gain the skills to support an inclusive classroom environment and to provide a high-quality learning experience, so that students with special needs can succeed alongside their grade-level peers. You will also learn how to support students who, by federal law, are eligible for services, as well as students who may not be eligible but are considered at risk.
- Explore various perspectives on teaching students with special needs.
- Identify issues regarding standards and accountability with respect to students with special needs.
- Understand standards and regulations related to teaching students with special needs.
- Identify when and how to enlist outside resources to address the special needs of students.
- Learn strategies for managing behavior and fostering a classroom environment that is supportive of all students.
- Explore the use of technology to support students in an inclusive classroom environment.
†Credits for up to four of these courses may be applied toward a Walden University M.S. in Education program. Please call 1-866-492-5336 and speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:
- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D.
Dr. Donald Deshler is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas and the author of the textbook Teaching Adolescents with Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Methods. He was the original editor of the Councils for Learning Disabilities' journal, The Learning Disability Quarterly, and is currently on the editorial boards of several other journals in learning disabilities and special education. Dr. Deshler is the recipient of the Louise Byrd Outstanding Graduate Educator of the Year Award and the Higuchi Research Achievement Award at the University of Kansas.
Marilyn Friend, Ph.D.
Dr. Friend is chair and professor of the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The author of numerous books and publications and co-author of Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers, Dr. Friend specializes in the areas of collaboration and consultation in special education, service delivery systems, teaming, and inclusive education. She is involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching, field-based research, advising, and the development and coordination of teacher education programs for students with mild disabilities.
Margaret E. King-Sears, Ph.D.
Dr. King-Sears is a professor in the Department of Special Education at Johns Hopkins University. A former president of the Council for Learning Disabilities, Dr. King-Sears has worked extensively to educate teachers on successful inclusion practices that ensure progress and challenge for students with disabilities. She is co-author of Student-Directed Learning: Teachers’ Guides to Inclusive Practices and Teaching Students in Inclusive Settings: From Theory to Practice. Dr. King-Sears is a consulting editor at various publications, including Learning Disability Quarterly and Remedial and Special Education.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you:
- Textbook: Including Students with Special Needs:
A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers,
by Marilyn Friend and William D. Bursuck
- DVD: Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students with Special Needs
(For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive
- Study guide: Including Students with Special Needs: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Course information packet
*For online format, the study guide and course information packet are provided in your online classroom.
This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.
Earning Graduate Credit
Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:
- Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
- Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
- View video segments.
- Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.
Course Completion Deadline
Print & DVD format: coursework must be submitted via email to WaldenCourseworkSubmission@waldenu.edu on or before October 31, 2013.
Online format: coursework must be submitted online on or before October 31, 2013.
Operating system for PC: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or
Operating system for Mac®: OS X or higher
Processor: 1 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher
Memory: Minimum 512 MB of RAM; 1 GB recommended
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher; Firefox® 3.6 (also for Mac®: Apple® Safari® 4 or higher)
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required
Software: Microsoft Word®, Adobe® Flash® Player 7 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 8 or higher (free)
Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher
Note: If you are using a Macintosh®, please be sure to download Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6. It’s free, and the download should take only a few minutes at http://www.mozilla.org/.
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