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Principles of Behavior Management
EDUC-623

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/04/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

An examination of the principles of behavior management as applied to children and youth in the classroom setting. Positive approaches for dealing with behavior problems are emphasized. Contemporary research in the area is analyzed and discussed.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Registration Restrictions

Background Check Required

Rationale

Difficulty with classroom management is the number one reason given by teachers leaving the classroom for other careers. An understanding of behavior management serves as a foundation for classroom success with special education and general education students.

 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

    1. Become acquainted with the conceptual and Biblical basis of behavior management.
    2. Develop behavior management strategies for students who require individual behavior support.
    3. Research current professional literature on behavior management.
    4. Complete field experiences in virtual and classroom settings.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Ackerman, B. (2007). PRAISE: Effectively guiding student behavior. Colorado Springs, CO: ACSI. ISBN: 9781583310892.

Maag, J. (2018). Behavior management: From theoretical implications to practical applications (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage. ISBN: 9781285450049.

www.LiveText.com membership: This is a website for portfolio development and the submission of major course assignments. Please note: Your one-time LiveText subscription purchase lasts for a period of 5 years and is required for all candidates seeking licensure.  LiveText is required in the following Virginia state-approved, licensure programs: M.A.T. in Elementary Education, M.A.T. in Middle Education, M.A.T. in Secondary Education, M.A.T. in  Special Education, M.Ed. Reading Specialist, M.Ed. Math Specialist, M.Ed. Administration & Supervision, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Gifted Education, and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Early Childhood Education. ISBN: 9780979663567.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. Webcam or another recording device

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Candidate Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words, include at least 2 scholarly citations and 1 scriptural reference in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLO: A, B, C)

Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan Assignment

The candidate will complete the FBA Interview and create a Behavior Intervention Plan based on the information provided in a simulated student scenario. (MLO: B, C)

Lesson Plan or Behavior Resource List

Lesson Plan – MAT candidates will use the provided template to create a lesson plan for a 15–20-minute mini-lesson. (MLO: C)

Behavior Resource List – M.Ed, Ed.S, and Ed.D candidates will create an annotated bibliography containing 20 beneficial resources related to a classroom or behavior management topic. Each annotation must consist of at least 5 sentences. Resources may include websites, texts, scholarly research articles, etc. (MLO: C)

Field Experience Observation

The candidate will be required to observe 1 student in a classroom setting for 2 hours. During this observation, the candidate will record all of the behaviors displayed by the student and complete an ABC Chart. The candidate will create a comprehensive list of specific behaviors and write a detailed 400–500-word summary of the observation. (MLO: D)

Lesson Plan Presentation or Resource Presentation

Lesson Presentation –The MAT candidate will film himself/herself as he/she presents a simulation of the lesson plan completed in Module/Week 4. The candidate will present the lesson as though he/she is teaching the grade level specified in the lesson plan. The mini-lesson presentation must not exceed 20 minutes. (MLO: C)

Resource Presentation – The M.Ed, Ed.S, or Ed.D. candidate will film himself/herself as he/she presents a professional development session PowerPoint on the classroom or behavior management topic identified in the annotated bibliography submitted in Module/Week 4. The presentation must include some of the resources listed in the annotated bibliography and must not exceed 15 minutes. (MLO: C)

Philosophy of Behavior Management

The candidate will share his or her philosophy of individual behavior management and a description of legal procedures that must be followed when working with students with exceptional learning needs. (MLO: A, B, C)

Dispositions Assignment

The candidate will complete this reflective assignment to address the LU School of Education conceptual framework and SCRIP mnemonic. The candidate will answer a series of questions regarding his/her overall performance as it relates to social responsibility, commitment, reflective practice, integrity, and professionalism. (MLO: A)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (6 at 40 pts ea)

240

FBA/BIP Assignment

200

Lesson Plan OR Behavior Resource List

100

Field Experience Observation

100

Lesson OR Resource Presentation

100

Philosophy of Behavior Management

210

Dispositions Assignment

50

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EDUC 623

Textbooks: Ackerman, PRAISE: Effectively Guiding Student Behavior (2007).

Maag, Behavior Management (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Ackerman: ch. 1

Maag: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

DB Forum 1

10

0

0

40

2

Ackerman: ch. 2

Maag: chs. 3–4, 8

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Lesson Plan or Behavior Resource List

40

100

3

Ackerman: ch. 3

Maag: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Field Experience Observation

40

100

4

Ackerman: ch. 4

Maag: chs. 9–10

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Lesson or Behavior Resource Presentation

40

100

5

Maag: ch. 7

2 presentations

FBA/BIP Assignment

200

6

Ackerman: ch. 5

Maag: ch. 12

1 presentation

DB Forum 5

40

7

Maag: chs. 11, 13

1 presentation

Philosophy of Behavior Management

210

8

Ackerman: ch. 6

Maag: ch. 14

1 presentation

DB Forum 6

Dispositions Assignment

40

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

BIP = Behavior Intervention Plan

 

 

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.