NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teaching Children with Challenging Behavior

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $250

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

Students need to be able to self-regulate and control their behaviors in order to be ready to learn in their classroom. Neither the student themselves nor their classmates are able to learn in a classroom that is chaotic, unpredictable and disruptive. In this course, teachers will learn how to teach students to manage their emotions and anger. They will learn how to develop lessons and interventions that engage students and promote positive behavior. Participants in this class will know how to shape behavior instruction, work with the families of behavior-challenged students and collaborate with school social workers and psychologists to solve problem behavior in the classroom. Evidence-based interventions that are practical and ready to use are provided for the classroom teacher.


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

1. Learn how to empower their students with strategies to control and regulate their own behavior.

2. Teach students how to develop important social skills to keep and maintain friendships.

3. Learn how to provide engaging academic instruction to promote executive functioning and prevent challenging behavior in the classroom.

4. Know how to positively reinforce good behaviors and use undesireable consequences in a supportive way.

5. Design and implement effective functional behavior plans.

6. Understand the theory and research supporting positive behavior support interventions in improving academic achievement, improving the learning environment and reducing problem behaviors.


Otten, K. & Tuttle, J. (2011). How to reach and teach children with challenging behavior: Practical, ready-to-use interventions that work.

Siegel, C.T. (2008). School-wide Positive Behavior Support Programs in Elementary Schools. Master’s Thesis. Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA.

Text can be located at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED502074.pdf

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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