Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners–SPED 360

Credits: 2 Semester Hours


ED 200 and ED 304

Course Description

This course provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to explore key laws and historical events related to diverse learners and to gain understanding of student readiness and student profiles (characteristics, contexts, and conditions of students) in order to develop practical, meaningful, and purposeful teaching and learning strategies and/or appropriate accommodations in addressing the needs of diverse populations.

Course Outcomes





As Teacher Education students, you are required to complete the Basic Technology Proficiency Test (Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Internet Use) by the end of SPED 360. This test must be taken in person at the BYU-I technology lab on the third floor of the Library. It is open Monday and Friday from 9am to 6pm. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 9pm, and closed during devotional. Successful completion of this test is required before you are able to student teach. The website to study from is You may take the test multiple times, and can do all at once or spread it out over different days. It is free and in segments. All these times can be found on the website. Please see: for more information on the test. Once you have successfully completed all parts of the TECH test, the Field Services Office is notified automatically.

Required Materials

The BYUI Library provides all required reading and reference materials. These materials are embedded in the course or available (free).

Texts (available online to an unlimited number of users at a time)

  1. Westwood, P. S. (2013). Inclusive and adaptive teaching. [electronic resource]: meeting the challenge of diversity in the classroom. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2013. 
  2. Powell, R. G., & Powell, D. L. (2010). Classroom communication and diversity: Enhancing instructional practice. New York: Routledge. 

Texts (available online to limited number of simultaneous users)

  1. Brownell, M. T. (2012). Inclusive instruction. [electronic resource]: evidence-based practices for teaching students with disabilities. New York, N.Y. : Guilford Press, 2012
  2. Hill, J., & Flynn, K. (2006). Classroom instruction that works with English language learners. [electronic resource]. Alexandria, Va. : Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, c2006.
  3. Lessow-Hurley, J. (2003). Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners: An Educator's Guide. Alexandria, Va: Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Course Structure

Assessments and Readings (Prepare/Ponder and Prove)

Assessment is necessary. Assessments serve two purposes: the first one is to indicate to the instructor whether learning is taking place and as a data tool for lesson preparation. The second purpose is to inform the student what areas he/she needs to put more effort into preparing and/or pondering.

Teach One Another

You will participate in weekly discussions. In Weeks 04 and 12 you will complete group assignments. Synchronous group meetings are recommended but not required.


Assignments are graded by rubrics. Before starting an assignment, review the rubric to review grading criteria.

Late Work

Students are expected to turn in their homework assignments on time. If you experience extenuating circumstances, contact your Instructor. Too many late assignments or missing work will call for a meeting with your instructor.

Additional Information

Academic honesty is required, and the University Academic Honesty Policy describes violation consequences.

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office (208) 496-9210. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the students and instructor by the Disability Services Office. No plagiarism.

BYU-Idaho prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. Prohibited sex discrimination includes incidents of sexual harassment (including sexual violence), dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking (collectively “sexual misconduct”).

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for my students and the campus as a whole. University policy requires that I report all incidents of sexual misconduct that come to my attention. If you encounter sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at or 208-496-9200. Read additional information about sexual misconduct and available resources at