EDUC 643 Differentiated Instruction

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
This course will not be offered during 2018.

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Course Description

Research-based instructional methods and alternative assessment strategies to meet the varied needs of all learners in today's classrooms including English language learners, students with special needs, and students with a variety of learning styles and interests. 

Who should enroll?

This course is designed for classroom teachers and support staff at all levels including special education teachers. 


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Gregory, G. & Chapman, C. (2013). Differentiated instructional strategies: one size doesn't fit all, 3rd Edition. Corwin Press. ISBN: 978-1452260983

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the paperback new or used from

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Apply current research and reflect on the impact of culture, socioeconomic class, and gender on teaching and learning.
  2. Analyze classroom scenarios and modify lessons using strategies appropriate for content, multiple intelligences, and learning styles of diverse learners.
  3. Demonstrate techniques for differentiating content, process, and product based on student readiness, interest, and learning profile.
  4. Implement differentiated instructional strategies and demonstrate appropriate planning considerations, guidelines, and procedures to establish a positive learning environment.
  5. Evaluate the role of ongoing assessment in successful differentiation and analyze misuses and controversies in assessment practices that address learner differences.
  6. Synthesize the relationship between daily assessment and improved student learning and examine how lessons can be modified based on frequent assessment information.
  7. Critically analyze personal classroom practices and viewpoints regarding differentiation.
  8. Apply essential principles of differentiation and varied assessments to measure students' mastery of the same essential concepts in different ways.

No travel to campus - 100% Online

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.

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