Course Description

Create the Sense of Belonging for All Students with Inclusion Practices

Inclusion: The Teacher Down the Hall Podcast is an engaging and accessible professional development course designed for educators, administrators, and support staff seeking to explore the topic of inclusion in education. This unique course takes the form of a podcast, allowing participants to listen to expert teachers discuss relevant topics related to inclusion at their convenience, whether it's during their daily commute, workout sessions, or any other time that suits their schedule. With the added benefit of being able to earn professional development credit, this course offers teachers the flexibility to enhance their skills and gain valuable insights without compromising their busy routines.

Final submission for all sections is due on or before November 17, 2024. Transcripts will be issued no sooner than 7 days AFTER  November 17, 2024.

Course Details

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

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to include educators, administrators, and support staff in the field of education. This course is designed to benefit a wide range of professionals involved in the education system, with a specific focus on classroom teachers of all grade levels and subjects.

By catering to the needs and interests of classroom teachers, Inclusion:  The Teacher Down the Hall Podcast provides practical strategies and insights that are directly applicable to their daily teaching practices. Whether they teach in elementary, middle, or high school, and regardless of the subjects they specialize in, classroom teachers will gain valuable knowledge and tools to create inclusive and supportive learning environments for all students.

Course Format: Online Self-Paced, within given dates*. The course opens on Monday, September 16, 2024 and should be completed on or before Sunday, November 17, 2024

*Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your submissions and final project. Grades are based on assignments and completed projects. You have until Sunday, November 17, 2024 or sooner to complete the course. Please pace yourself to allow for instructor responses. Course completion date will reflect November 17, 2024 on transcript for all participants that successfully meet the completed course work deadline.

Technical Requirements

Instructors: Various experienced and qualified K-12 educators. See individual course sections

We highly recommend that you view the entire course upon enrollment (or beginning September 14 when it becomes available for student view), including instructor announcement regarding their grading schedule to help you successfully pace yourself.

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What You Will Learn

  • Understand the concept of inclusion in education and its significance for student success
  • Identify barriers to inclusion and recognize their impacts on students
  • Create a positive and inclusive classroom environment that fosters diversity, equity, and belonging
  • Support students with unique needs, such as refugees or those who have experienced trauma
  • Apply effective instructional strategies for English language learners
  • Understand the principles of inclusive education for students with disabilities
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of all students
  • Promote acceptance and create safe spaces for LGBTQIA students in the school community
  • Collaborate with families and engage community resources to support inclusion efforts
  • Engage in reflective practices to continuously improve inclusive teaching approaches


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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