Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning – EDUC 624

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2020

Course Description

This course will explore research and instructional approaches and methods for managing behaviors effectively. Emphasis will be placed on individualized, classroom and school-wide behavior support to prepare candidates for the special education classroom as well as students going into the general education classrooms and community settings.

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


The process of classroom management requires the application of a cadre of integrated skills that necessarily flow into all areas of the curriculum and presentation of that curriculum. Good classroom management establishes the groundwork and foundation for academic achievement; therefore, instruction in this area must be as effective and as efficient as possible.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Determine how to utilize behavior management techniques for diverse needs in the classroom.
  2. Evaluate the interactions among the classroom teacher, special education students, and their parents.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of various instructional skills and methods for classroom success.
  4. Approach classroom management from a biblical worldview perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations


Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will complete 7 Discussions throughout the course. The candidate must write a thread addressing the instructor’s prompt and also 2 substantial replies to classmates’ threads. The thread must be a minimum of 400 words. Threads must include at least 2 supporting references/in-text citations and Scriptures that relate to the Discussion. Replies must be a minimum of 100 words each. (MLO: A, C, E)

Journal Article Reviews (3)

The candidate will complete 3 journal article reviews, each on the topic of the module/week. Each review must be 350–500 words, adhere to current APA formatting guidelines, and include a title/reference page and a minimum of 3 in-text citations and at least 2 references. One reference will be the selected article, another can be any other scholarly sources related to the topic. In addition, the candidate must submit a copy of the journal article by posting it as an attachment. (MLO: A, C, E)

Jones & Jones: Textbook Quizzes Chapter 1-10

Throughout the course, the candidate will complete untimed quizzes on each chapter of the Jones & Jones text. Each quiz must be completed in one sitting. (MLO: A, D)

Functional Behavior Assessment Workbook Quizzes

After reviewing the Chandler & Dahlquis textbook, the candidate will complete four untimed quizzes on chapters 1-4. Each quiz must be completed in one sitting. The combined scores of these quizzes will serve as the grade for the Functional Behavior Workbook Assessment (FBA). (MLO: D)

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) Interview

The candidate will complete a Functional Behavior Assessment Interview for a particular student (may be fictional) using the form provided. Each section of the form must be thoroughly completed using professional language. To assist in completing this assignment, the student must review the course texts, grading rubric, and websites provided. (MLO: B)

IRIS Center Case Study

The candidate will complete a case study analysis of at least 1,950 words on encouraging appropriate behavior using the case provided. The assignment must include a title and reference page in current APA formatting. There is no minimum number of references required. (MLO: A, B, C)

Classroom Management Plan Powerpoint

The candidate will prepare a classroom management plan PowerPoint for a specific class (which must include a diagram and title/reference page). If the candidate is currently teaching, he/she must prepare the plan for his/her own classroom. If the candidate is not currently teaching, he/she may choose a class that he/she has previously taught/observed, or it can be fictional. The presentation must follow current APA formatting standards and include a minimum of 15 slides and at least 5 references/in-text citations. (MLO: A)