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Certificate in Empowering Students With Disabilities Online Course

Learn how to empower students with disabilities

Learn How to Teach Students with Disabilities

Teaching students with disabilities is a rewarding challenge, and this course gives you the tools you’ll need to succeed.  No matter what grade you teach—from preschool through high school—you’ll learn powerful strategies you can put to work immediately in your classroom. In addition, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to understand and cope with the most common disabilities you’ll encounter. 

You’ll start by putting yourself in the shoes of students with special needs as you explore a wide variety of disabilities ranging from autism to cerebral palsy. Simulations and real-life stories will give you a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a learner with special needs, and you’ll see how common disabilities affect classroom behavior and learning.

Then comes the best part: solutions! In this Certificate in Empowering Students With Disabilities Online Course, you’ll find dozens of tips for fostering the reading, writing, and math skills of students with special needs. In addition, you’ll master techniques for helping these learners behave appropriately and make friends in your classroom. You’ll also get the inside story on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and transition plans, and you’ll learn the most effective ways to collaborate with parents and professionals.

By the end of this course, you’ll feel confident in your ability to help any student who comes through your door. You’ll also discover that while the challenges can be big when you’re teaching students with disabilities, the victories are big as well.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Only 6 weeks to complete this course
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

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There are 12 units of study

What Are Special Needs?

Danny has a seeing-eye dog.  Carmela needs extra help with math. Yoshi has autism. And they're all in your class this year! In our first lesson, we'll look at the growing numbers of children with special needs, and talk about how you can welcome them to your classroom and set the stage for successful learning.

The Special Education Process and the IEP

How do kids get placed in special education? As you’ll discover, it’s not a snap decision. Today, we’ll trace a student’s path through every stage of the placement process and look at the role a teacher plays from start to finish. In addition, we’ll analyze the parts of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). And finally, we’ll talk about the modifications spelled out in an IEP and how they affect your assignments, classroom environment, or testing procedures.

Meet Your Support Team

It takes a whole team to help a child with special needs succeed—and today you’ll meet the members of that team. After a quick look at the power of collaboration, we’ll explore the roles of the special education teacher and the paraprofessional. Next, you’ll meet the specialists who can help you with everything from speech problems to assistive technology to adapted PE games. We’ll finish up with a look at how guidance counselors, social workers, and school nurses can lend you a helping hand.

Learning Disabilities

In this lesson, we’ll talk about reading, writing, and math disabilities—the most common learning disabilities (LDs) you’ll see in the classroom. First, you’ll get a chance to see how it feels to have an LD. After that, we’ll talk about the memory problems of students with LDs and how they affect everything from reading a book to solving a word problem. And finally, we’ll look at fun learning strategies that will make your lessons memorable for kids with LDs (and your other students as well!).

Speech and Language Disorders

Imagine how frustrating it would be if you couldn’t speak clearly, understand other people, or express your thoughts and feelings well. That’s what life is like for children with speech or language disorders, a topic we’ll investigate today. In addition to learning what it’s like to have these disorders, we’ll explore simple tricks that can beef up your students’ communication skills.

ADHD and the Other Health Impaired Category

They bounce off the walls, talk nonstop, stick erasers up their noses, and can’t sit still for two minutes. They’re kids with ADHD—one of the most common disabilities you’ll see in your classroom—and today we’ll talk about what their lives are like. After that, you’ll learn ways to address the attention and organizational problems that can make schoolwork such a challenge for these children. We’ll also look at the “Other Health Impaired” category, which includes ADHD, and see which children are eligible for an OHI label.

Intellectual Disabilities

Students can shine in many ways, and today we’ll look at how students with intellectual disabilities can be stars in your classroom. First, we’ll see what it’s like to be a student with Down syndrome or another intellectual disability. Next, we’ll look at how you can help students with these disabilities by focusing on both academic and adaptive skills. And finally, we’ll explore three great ideas for meshing math, reading, writing, and daily living skills in your lessons.

Behavior Disorders

They’re your biggest challenge: kids who hit, kick, curse, yell, skip class, steal, cheat, and lie. Today we’ll look at children with behavior disorders and examine the roots of problems like conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. We’ll also discuss three important tools for handling behavior problems: behavior contracts, functional behavioral assessments, and behavior intervention plans.


Children with autism will give your teaching skills a workout with their unique combination of strengths and impairments. In this lesson, we’ll explore three areas in which these kids need help: communication skills, social skills, and the ability to handle transitions. How can you address all of these needs? With a single powerful tool—social stories—that you’ll master today.

Other Disabilities

In this lesson, you’ll meet kids with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, hearing or vision impairments, developmental delays, and a host of other challenges. In addition, we’ll take a closer look at the assistive technology—both high-tech and low-tech—that can help kids with these disabilities triumph academically.

Best Teaching Practices

Today, we’ll talk about “best practices” for teaching children with special needs. And here’s good news: Many of these ideas will work for your entire class! First, we’ll explore how to balance students’ IEP requirements with your curriculum standards. Next, we’ll investigate a great technique for helping students grasp difficult material: directed instruction. And finally, we’ll tackle that tough question: How can you grade students with disabilities fairly?

Dealing With Transitions

Transitions can be scary for all of us, and that’s especially true for students with disabilities. In this lesson, we’ll look at ways to smooth three big transitions our students make: from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to real life. We’ll also take an in-depth look at the transitional IEPs you’ll create for your high school students with disabilities.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this class. I've taken another course under this same instructor, and this is the main reason why I took this class. She is an outstanding teacher. She explains material well, gives lots of examples, and her homework assignments and quizzes are relevant to the material covered as well as the real world. Thank you!

Thank you for this type of course. It was a wonderful insight to the world of special education.

The instructor did an excellent job providing feedback in the discussion area! The examples used throughout the lessons helped link the ideas to real world examples and gave lots of solutions to use for various problems. I love this class!!

This was a terrific course and a fabulous instructor!! I found the course to be beneficial and would highly recommend it to others. I really could have used more information about each disability, but felt that because of the length and time, this course did a remarkable job providing important information about all the disabilities. I was very pleased to have taken the course. Also, the instructor's writing was informational and engaging. Her assignments were useful. I was very impressed with how she used the discussion area. In the discussion area her responses were helpful, encouraging and supportive. She also encouraged us to use it as a discussion area and respond to other classmates. I felt as if I were part of a class and will miss participating in them.

I really liked the writing style of the instructor in this course. It was almost like she was a colleague in my building and she was giving ideas and suggestions for the classroom. I am soooo glad that this course was less about theory and more about implementation! Excellent course- would highly reccomend to others in my district!

This was an excellent course and I enjoyed learning the information that Sara presented. She has a love for the subject and it comes through to the students who are reading her lessons."

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007TSD
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 Weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 24 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

Start Dates

This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 12 June
  • 17 July
  • 14 August
  • 11 September