What are the fundamental differences between 504s and IEPs? When does each apply, and how can teachers advocate for the students who qualify for them? Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to answer these and other questions about Individualized Educations Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans.
A 3-credit, graduate-level course, The ABCs of 504s and IEPs dives deep into the federal laws that regulate support plans. The curriculum also explores how individual states, districts, and schools handle such plans.
Upon completing this course, you’ll know how to interpret your school’s Multi-Tiered System of Support, so you can administer core instruction, targeted intervention, and intensive intervention as needed. Along the way, you’ll learn how your district addresses both academic and behavioral concerns. You’ll also study practical strategies for helping students who are struggling in both areas.
Like other Happy Teacher classes, The ABCs of 504s and IEPs take a holistic approach to teacher development. For example, those who enroll in this course are encouraged to consider why they went into teaching in the first place and how they can use that passion to advocate for their students. They will also learn to create a more inclusive classroom environment, so each student feels comfortable participating in the lesson, regardless of their IEP or 504 plan. Finally, they’ll explore strategies for getting parents and guardians to engage in every aspect of a student’s education.
Working with students who have support plans isn’t easy, but it is inherently rewarding. Instead of shying away from the challenge, you’ll have the confidence to face it head-on after completing The ABCs of 504s and IEPs. You’ll also know how to rally others to further your efforts, including other teachers, school administrators, and parents.
*Optional Adams State University credit after the class ends (additional $165).
Schoology course code is emailed after payment.