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Differentiating Instruction for Student Success†
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-6941T
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)All students are not alike, and the “one-size-fits-all” approach to curriculum and instruction is no longer relevant in today’s diverse classrooms. So how do you maximize learning for every student in your class? This graduate-level course examines the practice of differentiated instruction and what differentiation is and what it is not. You will learn what, when, and how to differentiate your instruction to appeal to student interest and readiness, and how to use assessment to constantly inform your instructional planning. Throughout the course, you will work with your own curriculum and standards and use differentiation strategies to design lessons that you can apply immediately with your students.
- Identify current challenges related to meeting diverse learning needs.
- Examine multiple intelligences and their potential impact on teaching and learning.
- Create a definition of differentiated instruction that will guide your teaching practice.
- Learn strategies to differentiate instruction, such as flexible grouping, centers, and tiered assignments.
- Analyze diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments and adapt them to implement differentiated instruction.
- Expand upon your planned lessons to differentiate for more than one type of learner.
†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.
- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D.
Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling learners and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. Dr. Tomlinson is a prominent expert on the concept of differentiation and provides professional development throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of more than 100 articles, books, book chapters, and other professional development materials, including the text How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms..
Carol Ann Tomlinson has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin press.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you:
- Textbook: The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, by Carol Ann Tomlinson
- Textbook: Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching, by Carol Ann Tomlinson
- DVD: Differentiating Instruction for Student Success
(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: Differentiating Instruction for
- 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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