NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Differentiation in the Instructional Environment

EDUC 600




Instructor: Joan Sousae, MAED

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Partner Course Fee: $199

Partner Class Offered Through NaMaYaPD

Course Description:

This course prompts the teacher to purposefully examine and apply differentiated instructional decision making in relationship to his/her school environment. The student will look at lesson planning tools, state standards and connect those to assessments and the instructional environment. This course will provide an introduction to the use of Differentiation. Participants will examine ways that classrooms can effectively support differentiating instruction and assessment to address the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students. Participants will gain an understanding of the reasons and assumptions underlying differentiation and acquire the ability to identify key indicators in a classroom. Knowledge of the characteristics of students who learn at different paces and levels will be developed.


The student will be able to:

  • Articulate the connection between state education standards and differentiated instruction.
  • Explain the differentiated instruction approach to classroom methodology and student products.
  • Design a learning activity and environment that reflects his/her approach to differentiated instruction.
  • Support his/her educational decisions relevant to differentiated instruction.


A list of readings will be provided upon course enrollment.

Special Instructions:

  • This course is no longer available.