Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning – EDUC 624

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

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. (CLO: A, C)

Journal Article Review Assignments (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. (CLO: A, C)

IRIS Center - Classroom Behavior Management (Part 1): Key Concepts and Foundational Practices Assignment

Upon completing each section of the online IRIS module, the candidate will copy and paste the seven questions under the Assessment tab into a Word document, answer in full, and then submit these answers to Canvas. Each question should be approximately 300 words. (CLO: A, B, C)

IRIS Center - Classroom Behavior Management (Part 2): Developing a Behavior Management Plan Assignment

The candidate will complete an online IRIS module. Throughout this module, the candidate will be creating a personalized classroom behavior plan using the step-by-step instructions provided with the laptop icons within each section. Upon completing the module, the candidate will download the plan and submit it to Canvas. The Behavior Plan should address the six core sections described in the module. (CLO: A, B, C, E)   

IRIS Center Case Study Assignment

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. (CLO: A, B, C)

Classroom Management Plan PowerPoint Assignment

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. (CLO: A)

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. (CLO: A, D)