GRADUATE Course – Understanding Special Learning Populations

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Five Stars

“Today the chances are good that you know someone with autism or autism – like characteristics.”

“Have you ever come across a child who’s always on the move? They might have ADHD.”

“Gifted learners have competencies and abilities that go two or more years beyond their grade and/or age level.”

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:

As educators, 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 educators encourage and maximize each child’s potential.

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

The integrated course has three sections, each one dedicated to a particular special population: SECTION A, Introduction to Autism, SECTION B,  Differentiation for Gifted Learners in the Classroom and SECTION C, Understanding ADHD. The course presents various strategies, adaptations and modifications to the environment and the mode of instruction that help educators 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 confidence in handling children of differing abilities.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Introduction to Autism, students should be able to:

  • Recognize the symptoms of autism.
  • Understand the range of conditions similar to autism.
  • Correlate the deficits in autism with the characteristics of the brain in autism.
  • Gain knowledge about the management of autism.
  • Understand the Theory of Mind and its relation to development of thinking in autism.
  • Identify the stage of thinking a student with autism is in, and communicate with them accordingly.
  • Understand characteristics of language and communication in autism.
  • Communicate effectively with, and teach a student with autism.
  • Facilitate social interaction in the classroom, for a student with autism.
  • Understand the symptoms of autism, and strategies to accommodate students having the various symptoms.
  • Create an autism-friendly physical environment in the classroom.
  • Plan classroom schedules for a class which has a student with autism.
  • Manage behavior issues regarding a student with autism who may present in the classroom.
  • Modify teaching materials and strategies to better reach a student with autism.
  • Work together with parents and the larger team in accommodating a student with autism.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Differentiation for Gifted Learners in the Classroom, students should be able to:

  • Understand characteristics of gifted learners.
  • Identify gifted learners in the classroom.
  • Recognize needs of gifted learners.
  • Support gifted learners to help them achieve overall development.
  • Differentiate curriculum to suit the needs of gifted learners.
  • Compact curriculum for gifted learners.
  • Understand and identify twice-exceptional students.
  • Support twice-exceptional students.
  • Assess mastery of content.
  • Understand and implement tiered instruction.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION C, Understanding ADHD, students should be able to:

  • Understand and identify symptoms of ADHD.
  • Understand prognosis, treatment and causes of ADHD.
  • Facilitate concentration and focus while teaching students with ADHD.
  • Prevent hyperactivity and impulsivity related issues in the classroom through organization and scheduling.
  • Enable students with ADHD to learn effectively by teaching them organizational strategies.
  • Motivate students with ADHD.
  • Facilitate social interaction in students with ADHD.
  • Create a classroom physical environment that facilitates focus in students with ADHD.
  • Create a classroom schedule for students with ADHD.
  • Modify assessment to accommodate a student with ADHD.

Special Instructions:

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


48 Reviews of “GRADUATE Course – Understanding Special Learning Populations”:
  1. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  2. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  3. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Thoughtful insights into how to help students with Autism reach their highest potential. Bethany G.

  4. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Really appreciate the practical application of these classes to teaching. Bethany G.

  5. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Very user friendly and overall great experience! Jamie M.

  6. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Very interesting. Collen C.

  7. LoriBeth T says:
    Five Stars

    This course on ADHD was very interesting.

  8. Amanuel T says:
    Five Stars

    I'll take additional courses.

  9. Andrew P. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  10. Karen M. says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed this course. This class furthered my knowledge in the subject areas and is helpful in and out of the classroom!

  11. Michael T. says:
    Five Stars

    It was easy to sign up for the class. Working at my own pace was practical.This course offered many useful suggestions.

  12. Terry says:
    Five Stars

    I will highly recommend the Professional Learning Board, you all have been awesome! Wishing you all the best of continued success.

  13. Rachael H. says:
    Five Stars


  14. Julie N. says:
    Five Stars

    Enjoyed learning about this subject matter.

  15. Cherryl T. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a wonderful opportunity and excellent teaching resource!

  16. Maylene M. says:
    Five Stars

    This course was exactly what I needed. The online course was easy to navigate and the content was very interesting. Thanks you!

  17. Terry L. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  18. Elizabeth B. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  19. Axel O. says:
    Five Stars

    Great course!

  20. Maria R. says:
    Five Stars

    I thought this was perfect for me, I would love to have a book or hard copy so that I can keep looking for the information to use in my classroom.

  21. Mirna W. says:
    Five Stars

    A pleasant experience…

  22. Victoria G. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  23. Wanda G. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this site! I needed 4.5 hours and this site made it easy and convenient!

  24. Rosa E. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  25. Rosa E. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  26. Christina S. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  27. Elena H. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you very much for putting together such an wonderful course!

  28. Sarah R. says:
    Five Stars

    Very interesting course, my favorite so far.

  29. Heather A. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this opportunity; really relevant material and excellent skill ideas to assist the teacher with ADHD children in the classroom.

  30. Mary J. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative!

  31. Thomas B. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a well-organized and informative lesson. It was interesting to complete, and I know that I will use the ideas to help my students with ADHD issues have a better school experience. Thank you.

  32. Karl H. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a well put together course. I have a step-daughter with ADHD and many of the strategies could prove very useful in helping her. Obviously, these same strategies could be helpful in the classroom as well.

  33. Dara S. says:
    Five Stars


  34. Gail P. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for your positive approach.

  35. Jason M. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks. I raised an autistic son. your information is relevant and helpful.

  36. Andrew T. says:
    Five Stars

    Good courses, I appreciate the ease of taking these hours online. 

  37. Milan I. says:
    Five Stars

    Thumbs up!

  38. Shane R. says:
    Five Stars

    Interesting, helpful and informative.

  39. Jennifer A. says:
    Five Stars

    I learned a lot of different tips on how to make children with ADHD feel more comfortable and feel more successful in the classroom.

  40. Chelsea V. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed this class!

  41. Amy M. says:
    Five Stars

    I had a pleasant experience with this! Thank you!

  42. Jill F. says:
    Five Stars

    This was an excellent course. I especially enjoyed the information concerning ""twice-exceptional"" gifted students. Thank you!

  43. Wayne L. says:
    Five Stars

    Very, very helpful!

  44. Sandra B. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  45. Tiffany N. says:
    Five Stars

    Good info and resources! Thanks.

  46. Dain T. says:
    Five Stars

    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.

  47. Megan L. says:
    Five Stars

    First and foremost, thank you for providing a relatively easy resource for teachers to use to attain their clock hours for relicensure.

  48. Ian W says:
    Five Stars

    Great programs.

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