Principles of Behavior Management – EDUC 623

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.



Registration Restrictions

Background Check Required


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.


Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Become acquainted with the conceptual and Biblical basis of behavior management.
    2. Develop behavior management strategies for students who require individual behavior support.
    3. Research current professional literature on behavior management.
    4. Complete field experiences in virtual and classroom settings.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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. (MLO: A, B, C)

Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan Assignment

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

Lesson Plan or Behavior Resource List

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

Behavior Resource List – 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. (MLO: C)

Field Experience Observation

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. (MLO: D)

Lesson Plan Presentation or Resource Presentation

Lesson Presentation –The MAT candidate will film himself/herself as he/she presents a simulation of the lesson plan completed in Module/Week 4. The candidate will present the lesson as though he/she is teaching the grade level specified in the lesson plan. The mini-lesson presentation must not exceed 20 minutes. (MLO: C)

Resource Presentation – The M.Ed, Ed.S, or Ed.D. candidate will film himself/herself as he/she presents a professional development session PowerPoint on the classroom or behavior management topic identified in the annotated bibliography submitted in Module/Week 4. The presentation must include some of the resources listed in the annotated bibliography and must not exceed 15 minutes. (MLO: C)

Philosophy of Behavior Management

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. (MLO: 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. (MLO: A)