General Course Information for SPD638: Content Differentiation

Course: SPD638 - Content Differentiation
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to:

Course Description:

An in-depth look at students with mild to moderate disabilities served both in and out of the general education classroom with an emphasis on differentiating instruction for successful learning.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe atypical development and characteristics of a student with mild moderate disabilities and diverse learners, all categories, covered by Federal law under M/M disabilities and how it affects core curriculum;
  • Coordinate and collaborate the comprehensive instructional program for students with mild moderate disabilities and diverse learners using the core curriculum standards;
  • Utilize a variety of appropriate assessment tools and strategies in order to make effective educational decisions for students with mild moderate disabilities and diverse learners & to develop effective instruction aligned with the core curriculum;
  • Collaborate with a general education teacher to differentiate lesson plans for a unit of instruction in order for students with mild/moderate disabilities and diverse learners to access the core curriculum. Analyze/evaluate completed differentiated lesson plans. Consult with a general education teacher to assist in differentiating lesson plans for a low-ability student included in a general education math class, given a brief background of the student's needs;
  • Integrate and apply the knowledge and skills needed to teach English language learners and students from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • Engage in multiple field experiences in a broad range of service delivery options for students with disabilities mild moderate disabilities and diverse learners.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures