For Educators

SPED 602 Behavior Management—3 Credits

Indiana State University is pleased to offer a special section of Behavior Management (SPED 602) during Summer 2014. This course is designed specifically for student who are unable to participate in regularly scheduled classes. Three credit hours of graduate credit will be awarded. There are no course prerequisites other than admission to College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Indiana State University.

Getting Started

The course is delivered by means of CDs. On-campus meetings are not scheduled for the course. All work will be completed by students at their preferred location.

Once students enroll they should:

  1. Contact Dr. Jim Jacobs, the course instructor, at to coordinate course requirements and obtain supplementary materials required for the course.
  2. Contact Big Picture Printing and Copy Center in Terre Haute (608 North 13th Street Terre Haute, IN. Phone: 812-235-0202), and request the course materials packet and accompanying CDs.
  3. Once students have registered, contacted the course instructor, and received supplemental instructions, they may begin the course and progress at their own pace. As students view the CDs and complete the assigned exercises, they are encouraged to initiate contact with the course instructor by e-mail to discuss any concerns that may arise or questions regarding any assignment.

The course content must be completed by the end of the first summer session in order to receive a grade by mid summer. Students may elect to receive an incomplete grade (IN) at the end of the first five week session and continue to work on the course requirements during the second five week summer session with the permission of the instructor. However, ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE LAST SCHEDULED DAY OF CLASSES FOR THE SECOND FIVE WEEK SUMMER SESSION.

Course Content—The Applied Exercise

As a result of their study, students will design a written functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and behavior intervention plan (BIP) for an individual and a group of individuals chosen by the student with permission of the course instructor. A detailed outline of the final project will be provided each student. However, students may tailor this assignment, with instructor permission, to meet their particular employment situation. When completed, the student will have a model for developing FBA's and BIP's for any school or institutional setting.

Additionally, students will be equipped to provide in-service education to any number of individuals or groups. School administrators enrolled in the course will design a school-wide positive behavior management plan that will incorporate five to seven basic rules to be used by each teacher in their classrooms and specific behavioral interventions for use in hallways, cafeterias, and other common areas. This course also meets one of the prerequisites for the master of science degree in special education at Indiana State University.

Enrollment Information

Enrollment will be limited. Three semester hours of graduate credit will be awarded. Those interested in enrolling should contact the course instructor Dr. Jim Jacobs at for additional information regarding the course or to communicate their intent to enroll. Once this initial communication has been established, the course instructor will respond with additional information as soon as possible and assist students with registration. Finally, students should notify the course instructor of their enrollment. A textbook is not required for this course.

After having completed each of the above, students are free to progress through the course at their own pace, keeping the deadlines previously stated in mind. All work for this course must be completed by the end date of the second five week summer session. If students have any difficulty registering for the course, they are encouraged to contact Jan Krackenburger, the department's administrative assistant, for assistance at (812) 237-2821.

For additional information regarding registration for summer courses and dates for registration, see classes.

Last updated November 14, 2013