Strategies and Tools for Co-Teaching

Strategies and Tools for Co-Teaching

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course equips you with the knowledge to select and apply co-teaching models effectively in your classroom. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. The course will cover the six instructional models of co-teaching and the eight components of successful co-teaching. Your learning journey will guide you through comprehensive planning, culminating in an action plan for a co-teaching lesson supported by valuable planning resources.

3 Months Access / 18 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you exactly how to choose a co-teaching model and implement it in the classroom. You will learn about the six instructional models of co-teaching, along with the eight components of successful co-teaching. The course will lead you through planning for each component of co-teaching, including communication, physical classroom arrangement, curriculum design, instructional goals, assessment, and more.

The course ends with a final action plan that you will complete consisting of a co-teaching lesson you plan to implement. You will receive several planning resources and other documents to support you in a successful co-teaching implementation between you and your co-teacher.


  1. An Overview of Co-Teaching
    1. What Co-Teaching is and What it Isn't
    2. The Six Instructional Models of Co-Teaching
    3. The Eight Components of Successful Co-Teaching
    4. The Benefits of co-teaching and Potential Challenges for Both Students and Teachers
  2. Instructional Presentation
    1. The Six Most Commons Models of Co-Teaching
    2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Model
    3. How Classrooms Are Set-Up for Each Model and When They Are Most Effective
  3. Interpersonal Communication
    1. About the Importance of Interpersonal Communication
    2. The Impact of Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
    3. How Your Personality Traits Impact Working Relationships
    4. How to Address Conflicts When They Arise
  4. Physical Arrangement
    1. Different Ways the Co-Teaching Space Can be Physically Arranged
    2. What Elements Make Up the Physical Space Other Than Desk Arrangements
  5. Classroom Management
    1. The Importance of Setting Up Structures and Routines With Students
    2. The Importance of Building a Strong Classroom Community Through Relationships
  6. Familiarity with Curriculum
    1. Why Both Co-teachers Need to be Equally Familiar With the Curriculum
    2. How to Increase Your Curriculum Knowledge
    3. When it Might be Appropriate for Teachers to Have Different Levels of Knowledge of the Curriculum
  7. Curriculum Goals and Modifications
    1. How to Set Instructional Goals
    2. The Difference Between Accommodations and Modifications
    3. How to Make Appropriate Modifications
  8. Instructional Planning
    1. The Different Types of Instructional Planning and When They Should be Done
    2. The Benefits of Regular, Intentional Planning
    3. How to Plan Effectively
  9. Assessment
    1. About the Different Types of Assessments That Can be Used
    2. How to Adjust Instruction Based on the Results of Those Assessments
  10. Self-Reflection
    1. How to Self-Reflect on Your Co-Teaching Practices to Determine Your Effectiveness
  11. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your own co-teaching plan for an upcoming lesson.
  12. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature co-teaching resources, and read the research behind this type of instructional model in the classroom.



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: T14734