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Teaching students with disabilities is a rewarding challenge, and this course gives you the tools you'll need to succeed. No matter what grade you teach—from preschool through high school—you'll learn powerful strategies you can put to work immediately in your classroom. In addition, you'll gain the knowledge you need to understand and cope with the most common disabilities you'll encounter.
You'll start by putting yourself in the shoes of students with special needs as you explore a wide variety of disabilities ranging from autism spectrum disorder to cerebral palsy. Simulations and real-life stories will give you a firsthand look at what it's like to be a learner with special needs, and you'll see how common disabilities affect classroom behavior and learning.
Then comes the best part: solutions! In each lesson, you'll find dozens of tips for fostering the reading, writing, and math skills of students with special needs. In addition, you'll master techniques for helping these learners behave appropriately and make friends in your classroom. You'll also get the inside story on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and transition plans, and you'll learn the most effective ways to collaborate with parents and professionals.
By the end of this course, you'll feel confident in your ability to help any student who comes through your door. You'll also discover that while the challenges can be big when you're teaching students with disabilities, the victories are big as well.
Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator.
Course Revised May 2015
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
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I really enjoyed this class. I've taken another course under this same instructor, and this is the main reason why I took this class. She is an outstanding teacher. She explains material well, gives lots of examples, and her homework assignments and quizzes are relevant to the material covered as well as the real world. Thank you!
This was an excellent course and I enjoyed learning the information that Sara presented. She has a love for the subject and it comes through to the students who are reading her lessons.
Loved the course! It was very helpful to have some activities that made me understand how students with certain disabilities would feel/complete school work, etc. I was able to apply what I was learning the next day in my classroom. Thank you so much!
I have been a special education teacher for 14 years and found this brief and well-organized course extremely useful. Sara Hardin does a great job of explaining and defining topics. Her strategies were well-presented, and I picked up many useful and practical ideas. I would take just about any course she taught. I am very impressed by her skills.
I recently completed the four years of education required to receive my teaching certification, but I felt there was something missing from my university experience. Although I completed two courses regarding special needs education, I still didn't feel confident about creating my own inclusive classroom. I learned more in this course than I did in my expensive university classes. So thank you very much. I appreciate the work of this instructor and the ideas behind this course. Bravo!
I highly recommend this course to anyone who works directly with students with disabilities. The instructor has a passion for working with special needs children as well as extensive experience and knowledge. The lessons were not only highly informative, but insightful...It gave me a better understanding of the kinds of challenges students with disabilities may face in the classroom as well as numerous strategies to enhance their learning...This course was definitely well worth my time and I am eager to apply more of what I learned to benefit my students with disabilities.
This is the 2nd class I've taken from Sara Hardin. She is just amazing and her classes are so insightful. I always walk away with so much I can take into the classroom. Her lessons are well thought out and reasonable in length. She is always one of the first teachers I search for!
I really enjoyed the course! I could somehow tell when I signed up that this is a very inspiring and caring teacher. I was not disappointed! I have taken a pause from teaching special ed but I am now inspired to resume it in some fashion or another. The course made me miss my teaching experience and also gave me new ideas. Thank you, Ms. Hardin.
This course was absolutely inspiring! Sara Hardin is knowledgeable about the subject matter to empower students with disabilities. She incorporated a lot of her experiences not only from her role as a teacher but also from her role as a mother. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a lot to help my students succeed. Thanks, Sara!
I loved this course! I am familiar with the terms, criteria, and processes, but was looking for practical application ideas and suggestions. I found them with this course. It felt like this course was written just for me and the students I currently have. I have been able to apply what I have learned right away. Thank you so much!
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