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Adapting the Art Room

Shape your art room to support all learners through inclusive strategies, educational accommodations, and modified curriculum and assessment.

According to the National Center for Education, 14% of students enrolled in public education have a disability. With the right adaptations and accommodations, teachers can shape their art room to meet a wide range of student needs, where all can benefit and feel welcome. In this course, participants will explore inclusive strategies for adapting art room tools and materials, providing essential educational accommodations, and modifying curriculum and assessment to meet the needs of all learners. Throughout their journey, participants will also learn to harness the power of a village by developing approaches to build working relationships with special education and support staff that allow students with learning barriers to find their visual voice.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.



Suggested Course Sequence

  1. SPED557: Art and Diverse Learners
  2. SPED559: Adapting the Art Room
  3. SPED561: Classroom Management Strategies for Diverse Learners
  4. SPED563: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Art Room

Required Materials

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition. ISBN 978-1-4338-3216-1, if you do not already own this manual from an earlier AOEU course.

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
Mar 6 Weeks Apr 30
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Mar 6 Apr 30
May 1 Jun 25
Jul 3 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE059

Course Objectives

  • Analyze adaptations, accommodations, and modifications as strategies that enhance student learning, comparing local and global adaptive learning experiences.
  • Infuse Universal Design for Learning principles and other frameworks as methods to achieve inclusive teaching practices and learning experiences.
  • Develop instructional strategies for learners with cognitive and communicative barriers to learning in the art room.
  • Design assessments that acknowledge difference, embrace equity, and incorporate choice.
  • Assemble a partnership support strategy with paraprofessionals, parents, special education teams, support staff, and advocacy and community resources.
  • Identify and develop instructional improvement for specialized student needs through a reflective practitioner lens.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Differentiating Adaptations, Accommodations, and Modifications
  1. Introductions and differentiating between local and international accommodation strategies.
Week 2
Applying Universal Design for Learning
  1. Analyze and process Universal Design for Learning components and strategies through a presentation tool.
Week 3
Analyzing Mild Cognitive Barriers
  1. Share cognitive research findings on educational barriers from cognitive disorders. Create a lesson plan that includes strategies to address learning barriers.
Week 4
Analyzing Communication Barriers
  1. Conduct interviews to gather, summarize, and reflect on experiences with language and hearing impairments. Create a visual system or video presentation that could be used as a form of nonverbal communication.
Week 5
Assessing Differences
  1. Analyze assessment strategy resources, describing inclusive practices for cognitive and communicative differences.
Week 6
Assembling a Village of Support
  1. Analyze current and needed improvement in partnerships with classroom paras and special education teachers. Support a mindmap of current and enhanced support systems with research. Create a classroom intervention and partnership plan.
Week 7
Reflective Practitioner
  1. Identify the elements of a qualitative interview and build an instructional improvement plan focused on the area of specialized student needs gathered from previous weeks' learning. Present in video or written format.
Week 8
  1. Reflect on your innovative thinking journey from the beginning to the end, creating a final portfolio of artifacts that showcase learning and growth.

Universal Design for Learning

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class Adapting the Art Room.

1. Research

Define, research, and analyze Univeral Design for Learning and how employing UDL strategies provides pathways to success for all students—not just those in need of specific assistance.

2. Discussion

Find and share a current class process or lesson example that does not yet meet UDL guidelines or would benefit from the application of UDL.

3. Practical Application

Choose a poster or slide presentation to share an applicable UDL strategy including the three guidelines areas of UDL.

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