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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Managing the Environment EDU 304


Varies; self-study. 

Various; distance learning format.

September 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: recognize models that explain challenging behavior; evaluate positive behavior interventions and supports; describe rules and procedures to prevent challenging behaviors; recommend effective use of scheduling, climate, and classroom planning and organization to prevent challenging behavior; explain high-quality instruction to prevent challenging behavior; describe behavioral monitoring to prevent challenging behavior; justify reasons to implement functional assessment; summarize how to effectively implement social skills instruction; and explain how to effectively prevent challenging behavior through reinforcement strategies.


Managing the Environment is designed to prepare Special Education educators to manage learning environments and student behaviors in the special education classroom, as well as the inclusive classroom setting. Instruction focuses on the theoretical foundations of classroom management by providing a physical, emotional, and social environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to learning. This course emphasizes positive behavior interventions and supports, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an umbrella term that refers to a wide array of individual and systemic strategies to teach and strengthen appropriate behavior and to reduce challenging behavior. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Education (8/18) (9/23 revalidation).