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Special Needs Learners (1 semester credit - Ashland University)

Special Needs Learners (1 semester credit - Ashland University)

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, Special Needs Learners, 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.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  •     Recognize characteristics of students with special needs including giftedness, Autism and ADHD.
  •     Predict accommodations to meet student's needs.
  •     Modify teaching materials and strategies to better reach all learners.
  •     Outline means to curb disruptive behaviors.

Online semester graduate credit courses help teachers complete continuing education requirements.

  • Start ANY Time
  • All ONLINE 24x7
  • Regionally Accredited
  • 1 semester Credit Graduate Courses
  • A-F Grading
  • No Textbook Needed
  • Includes ALL Content
  • Complete in 4 to 6 Weeks
  • Official Transcript in Approximately 1 Week
    After completing the course, you will be directed to the university for registration.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I really enjoyed this course, ""Understanding ADHD"". Times have changed and there are many new things to help ADHD students. I really got a very good update in this subject.
    Rosa E.
  • The class was repetitive in a GOOD way! Reviewed ideas helped me to connect them with situations and commit to memory. I learned so much! I have not taken any special education classes and this gave an excellent overview that I can readily apply to autistic children in my life.
    Victoria G.
  • Great course!
    Axel O.
  • 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.
  • It was easy to sign up for the class. Working at my own pace was practical.This course offered many useful suggestions.
    Michael T.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Thoughtful insights into how to help students with Autism reach their highest potential.
    Bethany G.
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