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Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Learn How to Support and Challenge All Students in Inclusive Classrooms.

The facilitated course Introduction to Universal Design for Learning will provide opportunities for practitioners to personalize their UDL implementation experience. This course is modeled after the best-selling book, UDL Now! A Teacher's Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today's Classrooms. Whether you’re a UDL beginner, or a seasoned veteran, there will be new resources and assignments that will stretch your thinking about what you and your students are capable of as expert learners.

The goal of this course is to give all educators the foundation to be able to proactively design lessons and assessments that support and challenge all students in inclusive classrooms. 

Each module will include a variety of materials to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. Additionally, although educators are required to design and implement a UDL strategy or lesson in each module and reflect on the effectiveness of the strategy, there will be numerous options for action and expression so all course assignments are relevant, authentic, meaningful, and aligned to educator practice.

At a Glance















Course Objectives

Understand and be able to incorporate the fundamental concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the design of standards-based lessons, units, and assessments that consistently engage students in inclusive classrooms.
Create learning experiences that guide students to identify their strengths, interests, and needs; problem-solve; ask for support when appropriate; take academic risks; and challenge themselves to learn.

Learn how to optimize UDL through tech tools, PLCs, and more!


About Your Instructor

Jeff Horwitz is a 20-year educator and has been an administrator at independent schools in St. Louis since 2013. He is passionate that all children deserve a high-quality education and believes strongly in surrounding students with passionate adults that can provide a personalized, 21st-century education, with authentic learning experiences, and use technology as a tool. He believes that the social-emotional lives of children are equally as important as the academic and that empathy and collaboration are cornerstone skills for the future. Jeff holds a Learning Designed Level 1 UDL and Level 2 UDL credential. 

Prior to becoming an administrator, Jeff taught kindergarten through third grade in public and private schools. Jeff is passionate about providing students with opportunities for learning that will prepare them for the increasingly automated world we live in. He is skilled at using technology as a creation, communication, collaboration and teaching tool. He is an advocate for Project Based Learning and Universal Design for Learning has presented at many conferences and schools including the International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE), Building Learning Communities (BLC) and Midwest Education Technology Committee (METC). His work has been included in publications and journals.


What to Expect


  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and weekly assignments and/or discussions.
  • Direct interaction and feedback from your instructor and the opportunity to build community with your classmates through course discussion boards.
  • Lots of options and choices - UDL is at the foundation of everything we do.
  • 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 assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.


Pricing Options

Our standard pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting. You may also choose to purchase graduate level professional development credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding group pricing, district-based course options,  or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

As long as you receive a grade of C or better, 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. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partners Teachers College of San Joaquin and University of Massachusetts Global.