NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teaching to Students of Different Learning Abilities

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:

Teachers in today’s classrooms orchestrate instruction for students of various learning styles and ability levels. They make decisions based upon their knowledge of and experiences with the students, while incorporating theory and pedagogy as well as being cognizant of local, state and national policies and procedures. In this course, students will read, reflect and respond to information that is relevant to teaching in a mixed ability classroom. Students will design, prepare, analyze and reflect upon their instruction and upon their pupils’ responses to instruction. Participants will focus on understanding approaches for differentiating instruction in the classroom. Participants will: discuss the principles of Differentiated Instruction and how they apply to each individual student, learn effective strategies for managing flexible groups, and acquire ideas for providing students with a variety of options.


The student will be able to:

  • Design lessons and materials based on differentiated instruction theory and strategies.
  • Examine his/her individual philosophy of education and incorporate principles of differentiated instruction.
  • Interpret state mandates, requirements and/or standards to develop lesson plans in accordance with these rules and regulations.
  • Prepare appropriate, differentiated assessments that correspond with explicit content areas and learning goals at various stages of instruction.
  • Analyze student learning needs to apply differentiated instruction methods when preparing lessons for Gifted and Talented students, English Language Learners, Bi-lingual students and Special Education students.
  • Describe major theories of learning that are relevant to the content of one’s lesson plans and the selection of classroom materials.


A list of online readings will be provided upon course enrollment.

Special Instructions:

  • This course is no longer available.