What does UDL look like in the primary classroom?

Implementing UDL into grades pre-K through 2nd grade takes special considerations. Educators are often bewildered about whether or not it is even possible. How do you introduce choice, autonomy, and self-assessment to students who are still learning how to read, write, and regulate their emotions?

This course will engage participants in research, activities, and strategies for universally designing the PreK-2nd grade classroom. The primary focus will be on gaining a deeper understanding of the UDL Framework and how to apply the guidelines in a primary classroom, in order to reach the variability of all learners. Participants will explore various tips and techniques for universally designing the primary classroom and will develop lessons or units that implement the UDL guidelines that are aligned to educational standards.

The course is designed to provide participants with an option to engage in professional development in Universal Design for Learning in a flexible universally-designed online structure.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from May 17, 2019 – July 19, 2019 (break from June 26-July 4) . This course will consist of seven modules. You may complete the modules and work on your own time but must pass in assignments by their due dates.

Instructor: Laura J. Taylor, M.Ed.

Cost: $445 for 37.5 contact hours
(3 graduate credits may be obtained for an additional fee of $225)

($20 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at lindie@novakeducation.com for details.)

This course is equivalent to 3.75 CEUs and 37.5 contact hours. All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Graduate credit may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College. Please contact Lindie Johnson at lindie@novakeducation for instructions. Graduate credit must be obtained prior to the beginning of the course.

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Course Objectives

Strengthen your understanding of the UDL framework and gauge where you are as an educator in its implementation.

Enhance your knowledge of the three primary principles of UDL, along with the corresponding guidelines and checkpoints.

Learn more about the Universal Design for Learning Framework and its application in a primary classroom.

Increase your ability to identify barriers facing students in the classroom.

Get practice planning universally designed lessons or units of study in ELA, Mathematics and Science/Technology.

Become more competent in your ability to design the physical space of your classroom and materials to aid in implementing UDL on a daily basis.

Learn how to reach all students when planning lessons and instructing using the UDL framework.

Become more competent in your ability to universally design lessons for struggling students as well as those performing above grade level.

Course Requirements

This course requires participants to be engaged and prepared for each and every assignment. 

The course will be offered fully online yet students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants through Canvas discussion boards. Participants will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework).

All students must create a Canvas account and login to view modules and assignments.  All assignments must be submitted electronically through Canvas. All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.

Students will be expected to participate in three UDL-focused discussions with other members of the class and submit four projects.

Students will be provided with regular feedback and rubrics to help them determine how they will be assessed throughout the course.

About Your Instructor

Laura Taylor, M.Ed.

Laura is a kindergarten teacher in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District where she has been teaching young children for 26 years. All of her years teaching have been with kindergartners. She holds a bachelors and masters degree from Lesley University and is a teacher leader in her district. Laura is passionate about inspiring every child to achieve success and is known for using innovative ways to reach children. She believes that you can maintain the rigor in lessons while also creating a classroom that is stimulating and engaging.


Enrollment for the Summer 2019 session is now open.


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