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Understanding Special Learning Populations (1 Iowa LRC - Non-member)

Understanding Special Learning Populations (1 Iowa LRC - Non-member)

As teachers, we all face situations where we accommodate students with special needs in our classrooms. In such situations, how can we modulate our teaching to ensure that we reach each and every child? This integrated course, Understanding Special Learning Populations, is designed to help teachers encourage and maximize each child’s potential.

Terms like Autism, ADHD, learning disability and gifted learners are being constantly used. What is it? What makes these children unique? And most importantly, how as an educator can you enhance their learning ability? These are questions that are answered in this course.

The integrated course has three parts, each one dedicating to a particular special population, namely Introduction to Autism, Understanding ADHD, and Differentiation for Gifted Learners in the Classroom. The course presents various strategies, adaptations and modifications to the environment and the mode of instruction that help teachers accommodate and teach students with these conditions. Along with enhancing an educator’s skills, the course is rich and filled with ideas and suggestions that promote your confidence in handling children of differing abilities.


Online self-study courses help teachers in Iowa complete License Renewal Credit (LRC) requirements.

  • Start ANY Time
  • All ONLINE 24 x 7
  • No Textbook Needed
  • Includes ALL Content
  • Official Transcript through the ISEA
    After completing the course, you will be directed to the ISEA for registration.

  • I thought this class gave a thoughtful look at gifted learning with good information and resources. The length was just right. It gave me enough time to look into things further, but still enough content to gain a lot of my learning there.
    Ingrid A.
  • Interesting topics and a good review of Bloom's taxonomy as a way to challenge gifted learners. I especially enjoyed the practical strategies, and learning more about the sensibilities and needs of gifted learners.
    Aldea L.
  • I found this course to have a lot of great resources included in the content. I am hoping to utilize them in my teaching.
    Laura H.
  • I really enjoyed this class. I thought the material was valuable and practical. I would recommend it to anyone in public school teaching!
    Jane D.
  • An excellent and comprehensive course on autism.
    Richard H.
  • This was a great course-not too wordy and full of great content!
    Jennifer J.
  • I've really enjoyed taking these courses! They are overall interesting and educational! Thank you!
    Melanie S
  • I really enjoyed this course. It provided me new insights, interventions, and ideas in providing a better education for students with autism. I am currently serving as a special education teaching assistant at a school, and I will share it with the rest of my staff.
    Dain T.
  • I had a pleasant experience with this! Thank you!
    Amy M.
  • Interesting, helpful and informative.
    Shane R.
  • Thank you for this opportunity; really relevant material and excellent skill ideas to assist the teacher with ADHD children in the classroom.
    Heather A.
  • I liked this course as a teacher and as a parent of a gifted child. There were strategies I could use right away to honor different students and their strengths.
    Christina S.
  • Before taking this course, I had tried understanding and learning by some professional development classes/conferences/workshops, but never at this depth. It has been very eye-opening to learn how the brain operates when any of these conditions are present. I feel a lot more confident to face my students, since I have the basic tools to understand what I am looking at and, therefore, I can be much more effective when dealing with the issues related to this group of students. I am excited about reading and keeping on educating myself, so I can be the best I can be for my students. I would like to share what I have studied with other teachers and help them to overcome obstacles we all encounter in our classrooms
    Elizabeth B.
  • Taking the course Understanding Special Learning Populations was an extremely positive experience for me. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount, I found the customer service and support from the Professional Learning Board staff outstanding! I look forward to taking more courses with you in the future.
    Terry L.
  • Enjoyed learning about this subject matter.
    Julie N.
  • Thank you much! This course on ADHD, in my opinion, may have been the best one yet. Very informative and very clear an too the point concerning information.
    Andrew P.
  • This course on ADHD was very interesting.
    LoriBeth T
  • Really appreciate the practical application of these classes to teaching.
    Bethany G.
  • I really enjoyed this class. I thought the material was valuable and practical. I would recommend it to anyone in public school teaching!
    Jane D.
  • I found this course very valuable and effective. It helped clear a lot of questions I had about two of my students, and also helped me to better understand how to help them. Thank you!
    Seema I.
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