The 21st century classroom consists of a diverse population, with a variety of needs that must be accommodated in order to ensure academic success for all learners. Teacher candidates will learn the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction (DI), and the legal requirements as outlined in IDEA and a student Individual Education Plan (IEP), in order to facilitate positive learning outcomes for general education students, English Language Learners (ELL), and students with learning disabilities that include:
▪ communication disorders (speech and language impairments)
▪ specific learning disabilities (including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD])
▪ mild/moderate mental retardation.
▪ emotional or behavioral disorders.

A strong emphasis is placed on evidence-based instructional strategies and methodologies in an effort to meet Common Core Standards, as well as the needs of learners. The implementation of IEP goals and objectives is explored. Topics pertaining to behavioral challenges, autism, high-incidence learning disabilities, and assistive technology are highlighted.