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Mathematics Instruction for Special Education




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course focuses on the vertical alignment of national, state, and local mathematics standards used to deliver content instruction in the area of mathematics to learners with exceptional learning needs. In addition, this course will provide participants with the opportunity to examine and analyze strategies that support learner development, learner differences, content knowledge, application of content, assessment, planning instruction, and professional practices. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Course skills and outcomes

Content Knowledge, Planning, and Instruction

  • Identify how state and national mathematics standards affect exceptional learners.
  • Plan instruction that supports the acquisition of mathematics concepts, content curriculum,
  • and pedagogy, and that makes mathematics accessible and meaningful for exceptional learners.
  • Integrate cross-disciplinary skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving, and connect concepts using different perspectives into mathematics lessons for exceptional learners.
  • Identify age-appropriate accommodations and modifications for the exceptional learner in a mathematics classroom.
  • Identify a variety of research-based mathematics instructional strategies for exceptional learners.

Methods of Assessment and Progress Monitoring

  • Evaluate a variety of assessment strategies to enhance exceptional learners’ understanding of mathematics.
  • Describe how assessment data, including observation and documentation, can be used to guide instructional decisions related to exceptional learners in the mathematics classroom.
  • Analyze formative and summative mathematics assessments for exceptional learners.
  • Describe how the assessment process can promote exceptional learners’ acceptance of responsibility for their own learning in the mathematics classroom.

Integrating Literature and Technology

  • Explore how exceptional learners use language to express mathematical thinking.
  • Analyze how literature integration in the mathematics classroom affects the exceptional learner.
  • Investigate effective uses of technology and media for exceptional learners in the mathematics classroom.
  • Describe ways to create a safe and productive learning environment for exceptional learners in the mathematics classroom.

Communication and Collaboration with Families and the Community

  • Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the mathematics classroom for exceptional learners.
  • Analyze the importance of communication and collaboration with families and the community.
  • Explore strategies to utilize community resources for exceptional learners in the mathematics classroom.


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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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