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Conquering the Behavioral Challenges of Special Needs Students (K-2)

Are you struggling with the behavioral challenges of your special education students? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to learn how to incorporate behavior interventions for special education students who have been diagnosed with disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Information on behavior management is shared with a specific focus on a tiered system of behavioral support, implementing IEPs, functional behavior analysis, and behavior intervention plans. Specific strategies are introduced to help teachers support special education students who struggle behaviorally. The importance of developing routines and utilizing reinforcement techniques are also emphasized. Finally, teachers will learn how to establish effective and supportive parental involvement. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Loved this course! The course gave me a better understanding of what goes on in my school with students who have special needs and behavior challenges. I will be using and referring to much of the course materials." - Deborah Greiff


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $180 with the 10% discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $387


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally-Challenging Students” by Ross W. Greene

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 48BXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41621

Unit One

  • Understanding Behavior Management
  • Preventing Poor Behavior Through Classroom Environment
  • Recording Behavior and Record Keeping
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Tiered System of Behavior Support
  • Individualized Education Programs
  • Functional Behavior Analysis and Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Assignment #2: Create an ABC Chart

Unit Three

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Assignment #3: Develop two behavioral classroom adaptations

Unit Four

  • Teaching Social Skills
  • Self-Management Strategies
  • Developing Routines
  • Assignment #4: Write a reflection regarding the teaching of social skills, management techniques, and/or routines

Unit Five

  • Reinforcement Techniques
  • Extinction of Problem Behaviors
  • Effective Praise in the Classroom
  • Assignment #5: Respond to a classroom scenario

Unit Six

  • Collaboration
  • Parental Involvement
  • Glossary of Special Education Terms
  • Assignment #6: Develop a response to a parent
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)