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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Genesis University (formerly Association for Hebraic Studies Institute) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Managing the Environment (EDU 440)


Distance learning course administered through Genesis University. 

Genesis University, Miami, FL; authorized instructional sites, or approved proctor sites.

September 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the 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.  


This course prepares special 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 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. Abundant research supports the effectiveness of these techniques with all types and ages of students in all types of situations. For the most part, these techniques are relatively easy to use, mesh seamlessly with instruction, can be used with minimal training, and can be expected to produce desirable outcomes when used correctly.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Child Development, Education, or Special Education (9/16) (11/22 revalidation).