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UDL Now! Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Learn why, what, and how to create more accessible and equitable learning environments.

This self-directed course will introduce the key concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and give you the knowledge you need to start using UDL in your lesson and assessment design both in the classroom and online. Each module will include a variety of materials to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. You will dive into the why, the what, and the how of UDL and learn how UDL creates more accessible and equitable learning environments. Throughout this UDL course, there will be numerous opportunities to experience and practice the principles of UDL.

Dive into UDL, Now!  

At a Glance









Course Objectives


Dive into the theory and practice of Universal Design for Learning and explore how UDL is used as a framework for inclusive practice that allows for more accessible and equitable learning environments.


Understand what UDL is and how to apply the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints to their teaching practice both in face-to-face sessions and through online learning.


Learn strategies and explore tools and resources to help deliver a universally designed education to learners in all environments.

Katie HS

About Your Instructor

Katie Novak, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned education consultant, an author, professor at UPenn, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. Dr. Novak has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and is the author of 14 published books, selling over 250,000 books including the best-selling book, UDL Now!.

Katie designs and presents professional learning opportunities both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), inclusive practices, and universally designed leadership. 


What to Expect

How the UDL Course Works

  • Start off each module by watching a quick (5-10 minute) video introducing each module.
  • Dive deeper into the content. Review readings and resources - the key is to self-differentiate. Choose what works best for you and helps you better understand the content and engage with the lesson. 
  • Complete the self-assessment in each module. These are opportunities to deeply reflect on what you already know or have learned.
  • As you move through the course, we encourage you to take part in the course community discussion board. It offers an opportunity to reflect on your learnings and interact and engage with other posts from fellow educators around the world.
  • Upon course completion, receive your completion certificate for 30 continuing education hours.
  • For those who are taking the course for graduate level professional development credits,  you will complete a final project. Your final project will take about 15 hours to complete. Once submitted,  your final project will be reviewed by an expert in UDL and feedback will be provided. Our instructor will work with you until you meet required expectations. Upon completion, you'll receive an additional certificate for 15 continuing education hours and a transcript from the college of your choice for 3 graduate level professional development credits.
  • Course and Final Project Runs on the Thinkific platform. 

Pricing Options

The fee listed above covers your course registration with Novak Education. You may also choose to purchase graduate level professional development credits, clock hours (for Washington State teachers), and/or the Credential 1: UDL Mindset with Learning Designed at the time of registration or within the course. Group discounts available, contact us for details.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate level professional development credits may be obtained through our university partners. 

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UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms
Katie Novak, EdD

Available in audiobook, digital, and paperback. Group offers are available through the publisher. Click the link to find the best option for you! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have Question? We are here to help.

How do I access my course?
Self-directed courses are hosted on Thinkific at novakeducation.thinkific.com. At the time you register for the course, you will receive an invitation to join the course from Thinkific. Make sure to check your spam folder if you don't see it! If you have not received your email or if you are having trouble accessing you course, email education@novakeducation.com and we will email you a link to access the course.
Do you accept POs?

Yes, if you would like to pay via PO please email lon@novakeducation.com to request an invoice. Please make sure to reference the course you would like to take. Payments or POs are due before you will be provided with access to the course. 

Can I receive graduate credits for the course?

Absolutely! You can add on graduate credits during the registration process. If you have already enrolled and would like to add on credits, you can register for them here. 

What is the difference between a facilitated and a self-directed course?

A facilitated course is an instructor-led course that takes place with a core group of students over a set period of time. Each week students will complete an assignment and/or participate in a discussion. Students will receive feedback along the way from the subject matter expert facilitator on how to improve the practical application of their learning. Additionally, students will engage with other students in the course - offering the opportunity to connect with varying levels of educators from around the world. 

With a flex-paced, or self-directed course, there is no strict schedule or timeline to follow. You can take the course as quickly or as leisurely as you like based on your schedule. All of the course materials are available at your fingertips from the time of purchase. In order to receive a certificate for the course, you need to complete the course within one year from the time of registration. 
What is a Virtual Institute?

The Virtual Institutes are a cost-effective year-long courses focused on how to implement inclusive practices. Each institute consists of eight live sessions and is accompanied by opportunities to engage with fellow educators who also attend the series and resources to explore on your own time or with your team. These sessions are best experienced live so we highly recommend that, but we know that is not always possible so recordings and resources will be shared following each session. 

Learn more about the programs here:  MTSS Institute  | Institute for Equity Leadership | Coaching UDL

Do you offer options for our team to facilitate one of your courses?

Indeed! You can run a Novak Education course in your school or district with an in-house facilitator to build your internal capacity. We will provide everything you need to load the course into your own Canvas instance or your Free-for-Teacher account, or give you the content to build the course in a different LMS. Contact lindie@novakeducation.com for pricing and to learn more. 

I am interested in one of your courses, but it doesn't look like there are any open enrollments for the course at this time.

If you are interested in scheduling a course with your group, you can contact us to schedule a 45-hour facilitated online course. Each course is universally designed and instructed by one of our team experts. Each section can accommodate up to 25 educators. Please reach out to lindie@novakeducation to get started. 

If you do not have a group for the course - be sure to check out our open enrollment options for facilitated courses or our selection of self-directed courses that are open year-round. 

What do you offer for certification/options to meet educator professional learning requirements

We are focused on helping educators take their learning to the next step. We offer options for graduate credits, continuing education hours, CTLE (NY), Clock Hours (WA). When scheduling professional learning services, we will discuss what works best for meeting the needs of your educators. 

Are the graduate credits accredited?

Indeed! You will have the option to receive your transcript from our university partner. Gordon College 

Are you a CTLE approved sponsor?

Yes, we are a CTLE-approved sponsor! Once you complete the course, email this form with section 1 completed to education@novakeducation.com. Upon receipt and confirmation of course completion, you will receive a completed form for your records within 1-3 business days. 

Do you offer Washington Clock Hours?

Yes! We offer clock hours through a partnership with ESD 112. There is an additional standard fee of $3/credit that is paid directly through PDEnroller. More details on how to submit the course for clock hours can be found under the clock hours section of the course welcome module.