NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Raise the Bar, K-8

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Challenging behavior can certainly get in the way of academic progress, but there is hope!  This course gives plenty of techniques and strategies for K-8 teachers to proactively assist students in achieving target behaviors through positive behavior intervention.  By deconstructing the functions of the problem behaviors, educational professionals can address the root of a child’s issue instead of simply addressing the behavior.  This course gives a solid road map for the philosophy behind positive behavior intervention systems (PBIS) while offering several different ways to get you (and your students) to your destination: appropriate behavior that is conducive to a positive learning environment.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  1. Understand the structure behind problem behaviors, including setting, triggering antecedent(s), and function.
  2. Identify appropriate use of incentives, positive reinforcement and natural and logical consequences.
  3. Understand and apply functional behavioral assessments to create effective and efficient behavioral intervention plans.
  4. Review and assess case studies of students who have successfully moved through the process identified in the course text.
  5. Be both proactive and reactive with regards to crisis behaviors.

Required Text:

How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior: Practical, Ready-to-Use Interventions That Work (Reach and Teach Series)

Otten, K. and Tuttle, J. (2011). How to reach and teach children with challenging behavior.   San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons

Special Instructions:

This course is also available print-based.

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