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Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners




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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course focuses on the theoretical models that underlie teaching and learning in middle and high school settings. Teacher candidates examine methods for teaching all students, explore lesson plan designs, analyze the most effective instructional and questioning strategies to promote student learning, and develop a lesson plan. Candidates also explore assessment and its relationship to lesson planning, apply the backward design process to unit and lesson planning, and analyze methods of collaborating with colleagues and communicating with parents and families. If you reside in California please click here to enroll in the California version of this course. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Wyoming and individuals who reside outside the United States.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

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Week 1

  • Analyze theoretical models that underlie teaching and learning.
  • Analyze the relationship between academic content standards and short- and long-term planning.
  • Differentiate between content standards, goals, and objectives.
  • Convert content standards into learning goals and instructional objectives.
  • Examine ways to create an inclusive, multicultural environment.

Week 2

  • Examine the role of assessment in data-driven decision making.
  • Distinguish between formative and summative assessments, including how and when to use each type of assessment.
  • Evaluate the use of rubrics to assess student learning.
  • Identify strategies for using assessment data to drive instructional planning and differentiation of learning.
  • Analyze assessment data to identify patterns and gaps in student learning.

Week 3

  • Identify key components of the backward design process for unit and lesson planning.
  • Compare and contrast lesson plan formats and approaches to lesson planning.
  • Apply appropriate content standards and learning progressions to instructional planning.
  • Apply the backward design process to create effective unit plans.

Week 4

  • Differentiate between teacher-centered and student-centered instructional strategies.
  • Examine instructional strategies that develop critical thinking skills, promote student engagement, and deepen student understanding of subject matter content.
  • Explore effective and appropriate uses of technology for student engagement and learning.
  • Design a lesson plan that aligns with content standards, promotes student engagement, and incorporates essential questions, differentiation, and cross-disciplinary skills.

Week 5

  • Evaluate methods of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of culturally and academically diverse learners.
  • Examine key components of the response to intervention (RTI) process at the secondary level.
  • Compare methods of grouping students for the purpose of differentiating instruction.

Week 6

  • Analyze the benefits of collaborating with colleagues to improve teaching and learning.
  • Evaluate the impact of family, school, and community relationships on student learning.
  • Identify a variety of approaches for communicating with parents.
  • Formulate a plan to use teacher reflection and problem solving to improve teaching practice.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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