Collaborative Instructional Planning and Co-Teaching

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

This course will set the foundations for collaborative instructional planning and team-teaching. Participants will be provided with a roadmap for the processes and stages of co-teaching relationships: beginning, compromising, and collaborating. This course content will focus on the needs of secondary level teacher-teams (i.e., middle/high school) of general education and special education teachers.

Collaborative teaching models are the key components in powerful, dynamic, and effective instruction for all learners. Inclusion is not a location; and differentiation, rigor, access, diversity, and equity are not simply fashionable concepts. Effective inclusive environments must be proactive, flexible, and provide a range of evidence-based practices and strategies. Collaborative planning and co-teaching fosters a multitiered framework of supports to address a full continuum of diverse learning needs.

Participants will work in teams for all course activities and discussions. Throughout the course each team will develop and implement comprehensive co-teaching plans and lessons as a regular part of their job-embedded professional work. Participant teams will engage in on-going reflection to regularly assess the effectiveness of their work throughout the course.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for general and special education secondary teachers working as collaborative teacher - teams.

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What You Will Learn

  • Explore the philosophical and pedagogical principles underlying the purpose of co-taught classrooms
  • Recognize that co-teaching relationships begin with a solid foundation of communication and respectful interactions to collaboratively divide and conquer instructional roles and responsibilities
  • Evaluate the benefits, challenges, and possibilities for adaptation and implementation within each teaching model
  • Leverage each of the co-teaching partner’s strengths to
    • Find balance and constructive collaboration in the classroom
    • Engage with a multitiered framework of co-teaching supports
    • Encourage integration of a learner’s specially designed instruction
  • Negotiate the shared responsibilities of partner teachers to co-deliver lessons grounded in evidence-based practices
  • Pinpoint each co-teaching non-negotiable, including:
    • A belief that lofty expectations teamed with high quality instruction encourages student engagement
    • An awareness of student learning needs
    • Consistent data collection
    • Collaborative reflection
  • Monitor student progress toward individualized educational program (IEP) goals and lesson objectives to drive co-teaching decisions
  • Explore guidelines on embedded interventions, functional scaffolding, reinforcement, feedback, and results to guide co-teaching instructional and assessment decisions


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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