Designing IEP Goals

Designing IEP Goals

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course provides you with insights into Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and their importance in generating clear and explicit goals for your students to ensure their academic and behavioral growth. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will learn about the main components of an IEP and then analyze what makes effective goals. You will also learn the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goal process for generating clear goals for your students that are measurable over time.

3 Months Access / 1 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will provide you with details on the main component of a student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP), also known as an Individualized Education Program, and discuss your role in supporting student progress as you follow the plan. The course curriculum provides you with insights into the effectiveness of IEP goals and teaches you an explicit strategy for generating goals using the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goal approach. In generating specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound goals, you can ensure the growth and success of every student you support and build your IEP goal bank. The course comes with a downloadable PDF of the content and a graphic organizer that supports you in generating your SMART goals for your students.


  1. Designing IEP Goals Course Content
    1. The video and article will provide you with an understanding of the components of an IEP, the main requirements for strong IEP goals, and a structure approach for designing IEP goals. The course also includes some "Reflect or Discuss" prompts to help you connect with the course content and ends with a "Try This Task" to guide you explicitly on how you might implement the ideas into the classroom.
  2. Quiz
    1. You will answer questions related to IEP goals. Quizzes are automatically scored and provide feedback on answer choice rationale.
  3. Implementation Reflection
    1. The reflection prompt requires you to plan for use of the "try this task" by either reflecting on the content yourself or discussing them with the colleague. You will then discuss a new concept you can attempt to implement in the future based on something you learned in the course.
  4. Considerations for Implementation
    1. This short statement helps you reflect on your ideas and assess whether you might be successful in your implementation.
  5. Videos and Further Reading
    1. Additional content suggestions are provided to enhance and expand your understanding of Individualized Education Plans and their goals.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14708