Reducing Student, Classroom & School Disruption: Prevention & Intervention

How can a teacher address diverse behaviors in the classroom?

In today’s classrooms, teachers must effectively educate a wide variety of diverse learners, including students with vastly different behavioral challenges.  A focus of this program will be understanding the impact of positive relationships with students and how those relationships impact behavior. Participants will explore the causes of student behaviors and develop prevention and intervention strategies to meet student needs.

Program Options Available for:

  • Master of Education degree (36 credits)
  • Professional Development Certificate (21 credits)


This 36-credit program includes a minimum of 15 credits in the core courses, nine credits in the specialization area, three credits in action research, three credits in clinical courses, and six credits in elective courses.


ED 601 – Theories of Development: A Lifespan Perspective (3 credits)

ED 605 – Research Methods (3 credits)

ED 681 – Curriculum Development for a Multicultural Society (3 credits)

Select two courses (6 credits)

ED 602 – Social and Psychological Forces Affecting Youth (3 credits)

ED 603 – Personality Development and Self-Esteem (3 credits)

ED 604 – Contemporary Issues in Education (3 credits)


ED 606 – Action Research/Special Project (3 credits)


ED 607 – Prevention Strategies, Classroom Management and Communication (3 credits)

ED 654 – Special Project Seminar for Reducing Student, Classroom, and School Disruption (1 credit)

ED 661 – Intervention Strategies I, Conflict Resolution (2 credits)

ED 662 – Intervention Strategies II, Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors (3 credits)


ED 651 – Educating for Character (1.5 credits)

ED 652 – Mediation of Conflict (1.5 credits)


Select two courses (6 credits)

ED 631 – Psychological and Social Characteristics of At-Risk and Diverse Learners (3 credits)

ED 633 – Methods of Teaching At-Risk and Diverse Learners (3 credits)

ED 646 – School Law (3 credits)

Specialization Standards

Candidates will:

  1. Apply knowledge of student basic needs, developmental stages, interests, learning preferences, and unique characteristics to create a safe and productive classroom environment.
  2. Establish rules, routines, and procedures that prepare students to make positive choices and contributions to the learning environment.
  3. Apply concepts of profitable communication to encourage student cooperation and self-discipline
  4. Analyze students’ unique needs and their impact on their behavior, behavior of others and the classroom community as a whole
  5. Understand the positive impact of developing relationships with students and their parents  
  6. Understand the relationship between instruction, engagement and student behavior
  7. Determine when to implement whole class/school, group, or individual management/shaping strategies
  8. Determine the function of student behavior before attempting to change it