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The Adaptive Classroom

A Certificate in Teaching Children with Disabilities for Catholic Educators

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Empower every student in your classroom

This credential will provide teachers with the foundations and knowledge necessary to understand how neurodivergent brains learn and the skills to teach a wider range of learners. Knowledge will be gained in the areas of specific learning disabilities, strategies for meeting the needs of an academically diverse classroom, and Church documents that support the reasons why all students should be included in Catholic schools.

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Why Now?

Increased Importance

In today's increasingly diverse and interconnected world, inclusive classrooms are becoming increasingly important. Inclusive classrooms are designed to meet the needs of all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, culture, language, ability, learning style, or background.

Better Environment

An inclusive classroom creates an environment of respect and acceptance, encourages collaboration, and provides a safe and supportive space for learning. Inclusive classrooms help to create a sense of belonging, which can lead to increased academic performance and improved social and emotional outcomes for students.


Research suggests that inclusive classrooms can help to foster more positive relationships between students and teachers. Furthermore, an inclusive classroom environment can also lead to improved communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

Course Outcomes

This program is carefully designed to aid Teachers in gaining knowledge on the various aspects of inclusive classrooms through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and real-life scenarios.

This program will cover the following topics:

  1. Catholic Mission in Education and Communicating with Compassion
  2. Who is in your classroom? Overview of High and Low Incidence Disabilities
  3. Accommodations, Interventions, and Modifications
  4. Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data
  5. Collaboration for Success
  6. Strategies to Increase Accessibility and Engagement for Learners
  7. Effective and Flexible Assessment
  8. Setting Them up for Success

This program will prepare learners for various job titles including Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Student Support Specialist, and Interventionist.




The salary of special educators in the US varies depending on many factors, such as location, type of job, and experience. The median annual wage for special education teachers in the US was $62,780 in 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $41,630, and the highest 10% earned more than $99,820.


This program will equip learners with the following skills:

  • Creativity and flexibility in planning, teaching, and assessment
  • Varied and multifaceted use of resources to meet students’ needs
  • Analysis of data for use with student support development
  • Identification of the need for intervention or support in struggling students
  • Ability to develop student plans that build in appropriate support mechanisms
  • Communication skills to ensure mutual understanding and bring groups to consensus.
  • Innovative approaches to problem-solving
  • Ability to work independently with support from the administration

This program will equip learners with the following work competencies:

  • Describe a variety of common learning disabilities and their associated behaviors and/or qualities.
  • Demonstrate ways to engage students that allow ALL learners to fully access the curriculum.
  • Analyze current structures and determine whether classroom and school culture are welcoming, collaborative, and openly inclusive.
  • Develop opportunities and assessments that allow choice and flexibility for all learners to express what they have learned.
  • Develop individual student support plans that reflect knowledge of their specific learning needs, their strengths, and documentation of the best ways to support their success in school.

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