GRADUATE Course – Reaching Diverse Learners

Average Ratings
Five Stars

“I really appreciate the abundance of ideas for teaching ELLs that I learned in this course. There were so many techniques and ideas shared, and I feel as if I have a toolbox to use in my classroom.”

“This was a great course. Thank you for the opportunity to gather useful, practical information that will prove to be essential to my future as an educator.”

1  Graduate Credit

  • Grading: A-F
  • Materials: Included in the course fee!
  • Graduate Credit: 1  Graduate Credit
  • Instruction Mode: Self-paced, Asynchronous (Online Class)
  • Time Frame: Enroll and start any time


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Course Description:

Diversity is becoming a very real issue in our classrooms today. We have an increasing number of students requiring various learning styles, coming from different cultural backgrounds, and demonstrating ever-maturing attitudes. Reaching Diverse Learners is an integrated course that is brimming with ideas and strategies to help educators maximize abilities and cater to the individual needs of every student.

SECTION A, Teaching English Language Learners prepares you for the multicultural classroom. It helps educators to understand the influence culture has on the learning of a child by enhancing knowledge of the process of second language acquisition, introducing instructional strategies to promote effective interaction between ELL students and their classmates and approaches for adapting and modifying material to suit the learning needs of the ELL’s.

SECTION B, Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies, suggests how expected behaviors within a classroom should be taught through consistent responses and positive reinforcement. It is full of practical ideas and techniques that will help you as an educator learn to manage your classroom more effectively.

The integrated course Reaching Diverse Learners provides educators with concrete ideas and strategies to reach and teach every student in the diverse classroom.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Teaching English language learners, students should be able to:

  • Understand who ELL’s are.
  • Create a welcoming environment for new ELLs.
  • Communicate effectively with ELLs.
  • Effectively interact with parents of ELLs.
  • Understand cultural differences in communication and social interactions.
  • Understand cultural differences in other practical school related activities and issues including conferences, classroom behavior, homework and attendance.
  • Teach Language effectively to ELLs.
  • Assess comprehension and language proficiency in ELLs.
  • Understand and practice the concepts of Sheltered instruction.
  • Help ELLs learn in the classroom with a variety of new strategies that will enable them to gain knowledge as well as grow in language skills.
  • Differentiate curriculum to help ELLs learn effectively.
  • Implement the Language Experience Approach.
  • Develop reading and writing skills in ELLs using a variety of specialized approaches and strategies.
  • Apply a top-down approach to reading and phonics while working with ELLs.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies, students should be able to:

  • Understand the causes and drivers of behavior.
  • Assess behavior and identify its cause.
  • Create classroom routines, schedules and rules to facilitate positive behavior.
  • Adapt one’s own pace and communication to facilitate positive behavior.
  • De-escalate situations where a student is angry or agitated.
  • Respond to defiance in the classroom positively.
  • Enable hyperactive students to learn effectively in the classroom.
  • Enable students with attention deficits to learn effectively in the classroom.
  • Understand the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and apply them to motivate students in the classroom.


Special Instructions:

After completing the course, you will be directed to the university for registration.


21 Reviews of “GRADUATE Course – Reaching Diverse Learners”:
  1. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you again! Andrew P.

  2. Ebiye W. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for the great staff development!

  3. Amanda H. says:
    Five Stars

    Nice refresher course.

  4. Jodi B. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a great course!

  5. Lisa G. says:
    Five Stars

    Great information and helpful!

  6. Jackie H. says:
    Five Stars

    I LOVE PLB! I am very grateful that I can complete my licensure requirements online, especially, when I was not in the classroom and raising my children at home. Thank you so much!!!!

  7. Lori R. says:
    Five Stars

     Overall, this was an informative course with well-documented information on best practices in education. I learned a few new strategies that will be useful in my ELL classes. In addition, it's difficult to find many good quality online courses on ELL instruction and assessment, so this was a helpful option. Thank you!

  8. Javier C. says:
    Five Stars

    Nice course, thank you.

  9. Tiffany A. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed the course and will implement some of the strategies at my school.

  10. Rebecca P. says:
    Five Stars

    Very insightful class. 

  11. Chelsea V. says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed the course!

  12. Christopher H. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  13. Laura F. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for your services! I appreciated being able to work at my own pace and have the option to have the material read out loud. The article included was an excellent read and great reminder of how to deal with adult conflict in and out of the work atmosphere.

  14. Donna S. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for a helpful class.

  15. Jennifer M. says:
    Five Stars

    The additional resources, web-site links, and articles really enriched the content. The checks for understanding included practical application that made me think more deeply about the information in the course. I really appreciated these features.

  16. Vermell R. says:
    Five Stars

    Great course. Every course I have taken with PLB has been rich in content.I am looking forward to taken other courses. Will recommend PBL to other teachers.

  17. Sarah S says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for providing the online courses for eduators.

  18. Beth W says:
    Five Stars

    I really appreciated the resource links.

  19. Amy M says:
    Five Stars

    Met my needs; great option.Thank you.

  20. Janet C says:
    Five Stars

    This was a great way to gain information and clock hours toward my license renewal.

  21. Martha K. says:
    Five Stars

    Easy to do when the time is convenient for me to do so.

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