Course Description

This course explores differentiated approaches and strategies used in managing a positive classroom environment within the framework of today's diverse student population. Teacher candidates identify issues that may affect the climate of the classroom and evaluate classroom management techniques appropriate for their targeted grade levels and needs.

This version of the course is for California residents only. If you do not reside in California click here.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Describe the legal aspects and ethical considerations in a classroom management plan.
  • Analyze the multiple perspectives of a classroom management plan, including family, personal, community, and cultural norms.
  • Identify how collaboration with the home, community, and school can impact classroom expectations and discipline issues.
  • Evaluate the impact of one’s beliefs, background, community, and experiences on developing a personal classroom management plan.

Week 2

  • Compare models of classroom management and discipline.
  • Analyze how instructional planning affects classroom management.
  • Describe the roles that diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, developmental levels, and skills can have in classroom management.
  • Compare technology resources that can assist in classroom management.
  • Analyze reasons and methods for establishing classroom expectations and procedures according to purpose, age-appropriateness, and ease of implementation.

Week 3

  • Describe the importance of creating a positive learning climate to facilitate learning.
  • Analyze the influence of mutual respect, diverse backgrounds, cultural norms, valuing differences, and ability levels on the interactions between teachers and students.
  • Identify problem-solving strategies related to building a classroom community.
  • Investigate characteristics of a classroom community that promotes open communication and positive dialogue that values all learners.

Week 4

  • Analyze strategies for involving students in the learning process and supporting students in accountability for their learning.
  • Describe how effective instruction enhances student engagement and productivity.
  • Describe how teacher and student relationships can develop a climate that supports student engagement.
  • Explain how student behavior and motivation is affected by reward and punishment.
  • Describe components of the physical environment and how they promote student learning, engagement, and management.
  • Identify ways to use a wide variety of resources, including technology, to support and engage learners.

Week 5

  • Describe the benefits of a collaborative approach for dealing with behavior challenges.
  • Evaluate strategies to promote effective communication between parents and teachers.
  • Identify proactive strategies and effective responses to off-task and disruptive behaviors.
  • Examine methods of documenting behavior to share with parents and colleagues.

Week 6

  • Identify ethical standards guiding teacher conduct.
  • Examine the use of self-reflection for improving classroom management.
  • Identify resources and professional development opportunities specific to classroom management.


During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative.


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


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Creating an Effective Learning Environment
Instructor Led
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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Aug 06, 2024 to Sep 16, 2024
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Graduate Tuition Education credit (3 units) $1,620.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $195.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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