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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Managing the Environment for Students with Disabilities from Preschool through Grade Six (ECE-217)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: analyze the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiate between various instructional approaches to effectively address the diverse needs of students with disabilities in preschool through sixth-grade settings; evaluate the efficacy of different behavior management techniques in fostering positive learning environments for students with disabilities, considering individual differences and the impact of environmental factors; synthesize the role of assistive technology in supporting students with disabilities across various developmental stages, and design instructional activities that integrate appropriate assistive technology tools to enhance learning outcomes; critically examine legal and ethical considerations in special education, including relevant legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and develop strategies to ensure compliance while promoting equity and inclusion in educational practices; and demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in creating inclusive learning environments that respect the diverse identities and backgrounds of students with disabilities, and collaborate effectively with families, educators, and other professionals to support holistic development and academic success.


This undergraduate courses equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to create inclusive learning environments that cater to the diverse needs of young learners with disabilities. Grounded in principles of inclusive education and educational psychology, the course emphasizes the importance of understanding individual differences and implementing effective strategies to support students with disabilities in preschool through sixth-grade settings. Key topics include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), differentiated instruction, behavior management techniques, assistive technology, collaboration with families and other professionals, and legal and ethical considerations in special education. Students will examine the role of cultural competence and sensitivity in creating inclusive environments that honor the identities and backgrounds of all learners.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in  Education, Special Education, Educational Studies, Inclusion Education, Education for Pre-K-6th grade or Educational Psychology (3/24).