ESPE 6050
Advanced Study of Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities
Spring 2011
Kate Simmons, Ph.D.
Office: 305-D Education
Phone: 334-244-3590
Class Time:
Monday 5:00-7:30
Meeting Place:
205E Education
Office Hours: Posted on office door
Darch, C. B., & Kame`ennui, E.J. Instructional Classroom
Management: A proactive approach to behavior management (2nd
Ed.). Prentice Hall: NJ.
Course Description:
This course is designed to present the theoretical base and practical use of formal and
informal techniques for the behavior management of students with disabilities. Various
behavior management perspectives will be presented, with a primary emphasis on
behavior modification.
Upon completion of the course, students will:
Understand the dynamics of the behavior modification approach to classroom
Understand the dynamics of the psychodynamic, biophysical, and environmental
approaches to classroom management.
Choose the correct classroom management approach for a variety of problem
Distinguish between instructional problems and management problems in the
Differentiate between individual and group classroom management problems,
with reference to students with disabilities included in the general education
Understand and critically analyze the professional literature pertaining to
behavior modification.
Demonstrate knowledge of conflict resolution strategies, school emergency
response procedures and juvenile law. [290-3-3-.04(2)(c)2.(iv)]
Course Requirements:
Read the required textbook assignments.
Read outside materials as assigned during the semester.
Respond to exams based on reading and lectures.
Attend (and participate) in class discussions and activities.
Complete a 20 clock hour field experience.
Design and implement a behavior modification intervention based on a
student observed in your field experience. Provide a 4 page description of
student behavior, time schedule, desired behavior, and behavior
modification plan you would implement.
* The field experience is only required of the Alternative Class A Program due to the
number of lab hours necessary to satisfy the State Department lab hour requirement.
Exam One
Exam Two
1 in class assignment
Management Plan
Final exam
30 points
30 points
5 points
10 points
25 points
100 points
Students are expected to attend every lecture and class activity. Class activity points are
linked to attendance and punctuality. Exam dates will be confirmed the class period
before being given. If you should miss an exam, a make-up exam will be given at the
instructor’s discretion. A doctor’s excuse is required in the case of illness. Exams
missed without contacting the instructor prior to class time will automatically be dropped
one letter grade. Late materials will also result in an automatic letter grade reduction.
Electronic Interruptions:
All electronic devices such as beepers and cell phones should be turned off prior to the
beginning of class. No phone calls are to be made or accepted during class.
Only AUM students registered for this class should be in attendance. There
should be no exceptions.
Faculty in the School of Education make every effort to accommodate unique and
special needs of students with respect to speech, hearing, vision, seating, or other
possible disabling conditions. Please notify the instructor as soon as possible of
requested accommodations or ways to help.
Professional study in the School of Education is based on a framework that
recognizes and prepares teachers as Professional Educators. The school is
committed to providing challenging opportunities for a diverse learning community
in a nurturing environment. It is the goal of the School of Education to prepare
competent, reflective, and committed professional educators. Because effective
communication is a fundamental aspect of teacher competence, the AUM School of
Education stresses appropriate and effective written and oral communication skills.
ESPE 6050 Tentative Calendar
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Print syllabi off Blackboard; complete video assignment
No Class MLK Holiday ~ January 17th
Classroom Management & Understanding student behavior (turn in video
Principles of Behavior Management
FBAs and ICM
Exam 1 (February 21st )
ICM Assessment
ICM Assessment
SPRING BREAK! (March 14th -19th)
Using reinforcement to increase student motivation
Exam 2 (March 28th)
Punishment: a transition tool only
Managing persistent behavior problems
School wide discipline: The 180 day plan
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 16 No Class ~ CEC Conference Washington, DC (April 25th -28th)
Week 17 Final Exam (May 2nd)