Learning and Behavior Problems – EDSP 360

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

The characteristics of children and adolescents with disabilities in the area of learning and behavior, will be explored with the goal of remediation. This course will further include techniques for dealing with these diverse learners in a variety of settings, as well as our Christian mission in providing for all God’s children.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Teachers of students with mild and moderate disabilities need to delve into foundational issues of dealing with such students. Specific learning disabilities and behaviors can affect oral language, reading, written language, and mathematics. Teachers need to be aware of the wide spectrum of these disorders and how it affects the education of these students.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Identify key historical events and legal provisions in the special education field as they pertain to students with mild disabilities in K-12 classrooms.
  2. Determine educationally relevant characteristics of students with mild disabilities.
  3. Identify needs of students with mild disabilities.
  4. Choose remediation methods based on student characteristics.
  5. Apply differentiation of teaching for the inclusion of students with mild disabilities.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among candidates in regard to relevant current course topics. The candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words. The candidate will then post 2 replies of at least 150 words each to other classmates’ threads. (MLO: D, E)

The candidate will create a timeline of 10 special education laws and explain the major provisions of each. The candidate must present his/her findings in table format and must use at least 2 references in APA format. (MLO: A)

The candidate will read and respond to 4 different Case Studies. The candidate must answer all required questions in a 1–3-page APA-formatted document. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The candidate will review a provided sample Present Level of Performance. The candidate will write 4 goals based on this information: 2 for reading and 2 for written language. (MLO: C)

The candidate will use the Present Level of Performance and the IEP Annual Goals from the previous assignment to complete an abbreviated IEP. The main focus will be on the short term objectives that will help the student with a disability reach the IEP Annual Goals. (MLO: C, D)

The candidate will complete a lesson plan using differentiated instruction for student needs, based on a mock classroom. This must be a new lesson plan not used from a previous course. A template will be provided. (MLO: D, E)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz/test/exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60 minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)