eLearning for Educators

Online courses designed for busy K–12 educators who serve students with disabilities.

The eLearning for Educators Project offers affordable online courses. New course offerings are available now with more coming soon.

The project is one of the OSPI Special Education State Needs Projects.

How our Courses Work

  • Access course offerings anytime, anywhere.
  • Available continuously.
  • Available to all educators.
  • Focus on relevant topics in special education.
  • Accepted by OSPI for certificate maintenance.

Course Offerings

Courses are offered continuously which means there are no registration deadlines.

When you're ready, register and get started. You'll have three months to complete your course. Courses are delivered 100% online using a Learning Management System called Canvas.

New Course Available Now

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (15 clock hours, $60) 

Designed as a book study on Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT): A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services—a valuable and credible resource for evaluating, choosing, deploying, and supporting assistive technology (AT) services.

The QIAT describe the characteristics of high-quality AT services as they are provided in school settings. Service areas include consideration and assessment of AT needs, AT in the individualized educational program, AT implementation, evaluation of AT effectiveness, administrative support of AT, professional development in AT, and improving AT services. The audience includes:

  • AT specialists and service providers as they evaluate and constantly improve their services.
  • Administrators, teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, vision specialists, and other disciplines involved in the decision-making processes for AT implementation and supports for K-12 students.
  • Policy makers as they work to develop judicious and equitable policies related to AT services.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (10 clock hours, $40)
Provides an overview of accommodations for students with disabilities including instructional accommodations, testing accommodations, and documentation of accommodations on the individualized education program.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators and Evidence-Based Practices (12 clock hours, $48)

Provides information on the early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as an overview of the difference between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD. Resources include notes on instructional considerations for teachers who have children and students with ASD in their classrooms, as well as things to keep in mind when working with families of those children and students. It highlights strategies that have been shown to be effective in teaching appropriate behaviors and skills and decreasing inappropriate behaviors with children and youth with ASD. It also explores strategies that are particularly effective with young children, elementary and middle school students, and high school students.

Classroom Assessment: Progress Monitoring (10 clock hours, $40)
An overview of progress monitoring—how it can affect the outcomes of students, how to implement curriculum-based measurement, and how to use progress monitoring data to make instructional decisions. All basic academic areas are addressed with a special emphasis on reading.

Classroom Management and Addressing Challenging Behaviors (20 clock hours, $80)
Highlights the importance of establishing a comprehensive classroom behavior management system and provides practical strategies for helping students become independent learners and addressing noncompliant and disruptive behaviors.

Differentiated Instruction (12 clock hours, $48)
Discusses the importance of differentiating three aspects of instruction: content, process, and product. It explores the student traits—readiness level, interest, and learning profile—that influence learning.

Early Childhood Environments and Behavior Management (10 clock hours, $40)
Provides information on how to set-up effective inclusive early childhood classroom environments. It discusses the interrelated physical, social, and temporal components of those environments, as well as adaptations to help teachers meet the needs of children with disabilities. Also includes information on early childhood behavior management with an emphasis on creating developmentally appropriate expectations and designing proactive systems for teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors.

Early Literacy and Numeracy (10 clock hours, $40)--Currently Unavailable
Introduction to early literacy and numeracy development for all young children including children with disabilities.

Evidence-Based Practices (12 clock hours, $48)
An introduction to evidence-based practices including identifying and selecting a practice or program, implementing a practice with fidelity, and evaluating learner outcomes and fidelity.

Functional Behavioral Assessment (12 clock hours, $48)
Explores the basic principles of behavior and the importance of discovering the reasons that students engage in problem behavior. The steps to conducting a functional behavioral assessment and developing a behavior plan are described.

Identification of Students with Disabilities (10 clock hours, $40)
An overview of the special education process by which students are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services and, therefore, an individualized education program.

Introduction to Transition Services (10 clock hours, $40)
Introduction to the transition process and components required by current regulations for secondary students receiving special education services.

Secondary Transition: Agency Connections (12 clock hours, $48)
Provides an overview of several agencies that work with students with disabilities as they transition from school to work. Gain a basic understanding of the resources and supports available to all students, including those for whom competitive employment may not be an option.

Secondary Transition: All Roads Lead to Employment (11 clock hours, $44)
Explores assessments, resources, and lesson plans in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-determination, self-advocacy, independent living, and supports for employment to ensure that students with disabilities receive the services and supports necessary to pursue their post-school expectations.

Secondary Transition: Postsecondary Education and Training (12 clock hours, $48)
Provides an overview of the many transition services available to support a student’s transition from high school to postsecondary education and training, including non-traditional college options. Gain an understanding of how IEP teams can plan coordinated services that will help students with disabilities make progress toward their postsecondary transition goals.

Secondary Transition: Working More Effectively with Diverse Youth and Families (8 clock hours, $32)
Provides an overview of important issues involving students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and the challenges facing CLD students, their families and the caregivers who support them. Explore cultural competency, transition, language access laws, adult service eligibility, agency collaboration, and person-centered planning. Gain an understanding of CLD issues, best practices, and the resources and supports available.

Special Education Consistency Index (30 Clock Hours, $120)
An advanced and rigorous course on the Washington State Special Education Consistency Index Initiative, designed to lead to certification as a Special Education Consistency Index Scorer. Those registering should be experienced in conducting and reviewing special education evaluations and in developing and reviewing individualized education programs (IEPs). The course emphasizes the purpose and intent of the Special Education Consistency Index initiative, how to conduct a Consistency Index review using the research-based diagnostic tools, and how to use the web-based, companion Data Collection and Reporting Platform. Successful course completion certifies you as a Special Education Consistency Index Scorer and gives you access to the Consistency Index platform for three years.

Students with Deaf-Blindness: Foundations (20 clock hours, $80)
Introduction to working with students who have a combined vision and hearing loss including identification, challenges, and strategies.

Universal Design for Learning (10 clock hours, $40)
Examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components—goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments.