Differentiating Classroom Instruction

Differentiating instruction means developing strategies and instructional methods to meet each student’s readiness level, learning style, and other individual needs. Through ongoing formative assessments and learning what works for each student, differentiating instruction will ensure that each learner is supported and has the correct resources to maximize their learning potential.

Course Name: The Differentiated Classroom

Course Number: EDUC 713K

Semester Credits: 3

Course Description

Dividing time, resources, and efforts in order to teach students of varying readiness levels and diverse backgrounds is an age-old challenge. This in-depth analysis of how, what, and why teachers differentiate, combined with practical examples, will coach the teacher in ways of thinking about teaching and learning that educators can readily apply in a classroom of diverse learners. 


  • Learn definitions regarding a differentiated classroom
  • Become familiar with criteria for developing a differentiated classroom
  • Recognize characteristics of exceptional teaching strategies
  • Develop instructional strategies for a differentiated classroom
  • Devlop behavioral strategies for a differentiated classroom
  • Promote positive characteristics of exceptional teachers of differentiated classrooms

Course Contents

  • Definition of a differentiated classroom
  • Historical perspectives
  • Managing complex change toward differentiated schooling
  • Practices that foster differentiated education
  • Adapting curriculum
  • Practical advice
  • Resources
  • Preparing students and parents
  • Elements of learning
  • Students’ and parents’ rights
  • Differentiating Content
  • Differentiating Process
  • Communication
  • Management approaches
  • Grading in a differentiated classroom
  • Instructional strategies

Evidence of Learning Outcomes

Upon completing The Differentiated Classroom, the student will have a more comprehensive understanding of how and when to differentiate instruction for their students. By focusing on research, theory, and examples, this course will help educators successfully meet all students' needs. 

How to Register

Registration is simple and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered ongoing during three semesters, and enrollees may begin at any time. Students may choose to enroll in up to a maximum of 15-semester credits at any time during a semester.

 Fall: September 1 - January 31

Spring: February 1 - May 31

Summer: June 1 - August 31

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