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We are assuming that most of you who take this course are doing so as part of your preparation for becoming a certificated teacher. Thus we also assume that you have already taken some courses to learn about children: how they learn and develop, how you can instruct them, and how the public school system works. By the time you take this course, most of you will have been students in the public education system for at least 12 years, so you have some experience with good teaching as opposed to poor teaching. You have been consumers of education for a long time! Each of you has become somewhat of an “expert” about teaching from having been in the classroom for so many of your developmental years. You will probably teach in many of the same ways you have been taught!

Course Materials

We developed this course to be self-contained. You do not need to purchase an additional textbook.

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This course is organized into two parts, each of which must be successfully completed to receive a passing grade for the course. The first part is the Field Experience/Case Study. This is explained in detail in the beginning of the course. The second part is the three units of study.

Suggested Timeline for Completing Lessons, Quizzes, and Exams

Although you have one year to finish this course once you enroll, the lesson content for the course is designed to be completed in a typical 16-week semester. We recommend you follow the typical schedule by planning to have one lesson completed and the lesson quiz taken each week.

Unit I, Foundations and the Law, has seven lessons and a quiz for each lesson. In six weeks you should have completed these seven lessons and quizzes and be prepared to take Midcourse Exam 1.

Unit II, Exceptionalities, has four lessons and quizzes. These should each take one week to complete. By the end of the 10th week you should be ready to take Midcourse Exam 2.

Unit III, Making Adaptations and Accommodations, comprises the final four lessons and quizzes, and should be completed by the end of the 14th week.

In the 15th week you should complete the Field Experience/Case Study Portfolio. This gives you time to prepare for the final exam on the last four lessons, which can be taken during the 16th week.

Formatting and Submitting Your Portfolio Assignment

When you complete this course and have finished lesson 15, you will complete your Field Experience/Case Study Portfolio and submit it online for a final evaluation. We suggest that you keep your portfolio up-to-date as you work through the course so that it will be completed by the time you finish lesson 15.
When you have your portfolio completed, organized, and evaluated, it is ready to submit. Your written work must be submitted in RTF or PDF format. To save in these formats, Here’s how to save in these formats:

Important note: For the checklists, signed forms, and other documents we have supplied—please print them, fill them out, sign them, and scan them so you can submit them electronically.

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Each unit has a summary exam consisting of multiple-choice questions.

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Scores are weighted as follows:

Quizzes 15 at 2% per quiz 30%
  • Midcourse Exam 1 at 10%
  • Midcourse Exam 2 at 10%
  • Final Exam at 10%
Field Experience/Case Study Portfolio 8 components at 5% each 40%

Your letter grade for the course will be calculated using the following percentages:

A 100–95
A- 94–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B- 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C- 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D- 62–60
E 59 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


15 computer-graded quizzes, 1 instructor-graded portfolio assignment, no resubmissions


3 proctored computer-graded exams, may retake each once for a fee, must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

If you have a technology question or concern, contact Technical Support. If you have a question or concern about the course content, make sure that you follow these steps:

  1. Read the course objectives.
  2. Study the lesson carefully.
  3. Discuss your concerns with others who had success with the course.

You can use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor if your questions or concerns are unresolved. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability that may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (801-378-2767). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the SSD. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Equal Employment Office at 801-378-5895, D-282 ASB.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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