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Course Descriptions

Completion of the 18-credit program leads to additional licensure/certification in Exceptional Learners: Mild Disabilities.

EDU 70200: Foundations of Inclusive Education (3 credits)

An introduction to inclusive education with a focus on understanding learner attributes including academic, behavioral, social/emotional, and health issues is provided. Historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives serve as a foundation for understanding learning strengths and challenges. Evidence-based frameworks and practices that seek to address complex learning needs promoting inclusive practice are emphasized.(Summer I-Online)

EDU 70201: Critical Elements for Inclusion (2 credits)

Critical elements of planning and instruction within a multi-tiered system of support are addressed. Assessment and data-based decision making are examined to address the learning needs of students who struggle in the classroom environment. Attention is given to accommodations and curricular modifications, as well as frameworks and strategies that impact behavior. (Summer I-Online)

EDU 70207: Literacy Methods & Assessment for Inclusion (4 credits)

A multi-tiered system of support serves as the foundation for inclusive education with a focus on literacy intervention and assessment. An emphasis on diagnostic decision making, planning and delivery of empirically-validated, multisensory literacy instruction that maximizes the learning of all students is examined. Special attention is given to essential elements of critical literacy pedagogy and evidence-based practices to meet the diverse needs of struggling learners and students with learning disabilities. (Fall-Online)

EDU 70208: Advanced Methods & Assessment for Inclusion (4 credits)

The essential elements of designing a meaningful inclusive educational experience are addressed. Critical content and pedagogy, validated frameworks, and evidence-based practices serve as the foundation, fostering successful planning, implementation, and assessment to enhance student learning and educational outcomes in the inclusive environment. Specific foci include content-based instruction, social/emotional learning, and behavioral intervention for students with needs. Appropriate assessment selection and the use of data to make informed decisions for instruction; behavior and classroom management; and eligibility and placement of students is foundational. (Spring-Online)

EDU 70202: Collaboration, Community, & Culture (2 credits)

Critical elements of professional collaboration and consultation within a multi-tiered system of support are addressed. Communication, roles/responsibilities, and culture of key stakeholders are a central focus. Teaming and problem-solving models are examined to address the needs of students who struggle in the classroom environment. (Summer II-Online)

EDU 70204: Policy and Effective Practice in Special Education (3 credits)

Effective practice and implications of special education policy for learners with diverse needs are provided. Specialized methods of service delivery are addressed for students with diagnoses. Attention is given to accommodations and curricular modifications, sensory integration, and transition planning. Evidence-based practices are advanced to enable successful individualized educational planning. (Summer II-On Campus)

We'd love to hear from you!

For more information on how you can become an Inclusive Educator, contact Dr. Christie Bonfiglio at  or 574-631-3430.