Principles of Behavior Management – EDUC 623

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/18/2021

Course Description

An examination of the principles of behavior management as applied to children and youth in the classroom setting. Positive approaches for dealing with behavior problems are emphasized. Contemporary research in the area is analyzed and discussed.

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


Difficulty with classroom management is the number one reason given by teachers leaving the classroom for other careers. An understanding of behavior management serves as a foundation for classroom success with special education and general education students.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Candidate Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 300 words, include at least 2 scholarly citations and 1 scriptural reference in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (CLO: A, B, C)

Functional Behavior Assessment Assignment

The candidate will complete the FBA Interview and create a Behavior Intervention Plan based on the information provided in a simulated student scenario. (CLO: B, C)

edTPA Task 1 Lesson Plan Assignment or Behavior Resource List Assignment

edTPA Task 1 Lesson Plan Assignment – MAT candidates will use the provided template to create a lesson plan for a 15–20-minute mini-lesson. (CLO: C)

Behavior Resource List Assignment – M.Ed, Ed.S, and Ed.D candidates will create an annotated bibliography containing 20 beneficial resources related to a classroom or behavior management topic. Each annotation must consist of at least 5 sentences. Resources may include websites, texts, scholarly research articles, etc. (CLO: C)

Field Experience Observation Assignment

The candidate will be required to observe 1 student in a classroom setting for 2 hours. During this observation, the candidate will record all of the behaviors displayed by the student and complete an ABC Chart. The candidate will create a comprehensive list of specific behaviors and write a detailed 400–500-word summary of the observation. (CLO: D)

Case Study Assignment

The candidate will complete a case study from the Iris Center (open access resource) that addresses how to clearly define a student’s behavior so it can be consistently identified, observed, and measured. Using the resources provided in the case study (i.e., STAR Sheets) and the assignment template, the candidate will answer each item in full. Case study templates will be evaluated based on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and information presented in the STAR Sheets, as well as on grammar, spelling, and formatting. (CLO: B)

Behavior Management Philosophy Presentation Assignment

The candidate will share his or her philosophy of individual behavior management and a description of legal procedures that must be followed when working with students with exceptional learning needs. (CLO: A, B, C)

Dispositions Assignment

The candidate will complete this reflective assignment to address the LU School of Education conceptual framework and SCRIP mnemonic. The candidate will answer a series of questions regarding his/her overall performance as it relates to social responsibility, commitment, reflective practice, integrity, and professionalism. (CLO: A)