Instructional Strategist II:

Intellectual Disabilities

Online 22 credit hours * 18 months

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Upon completion, students are recommended for the Instructional Strategist II Endorsement

Convenient online or blended courses structured for working professionals

Innovative curriculum and teaching methods

Basic computer skills required, user friendly format


Current teachers who desire to serve students with significant intellectual disabilities in the K-12 school setting. You’ll learn skills you can put to work immediately in your classroom or school environment. You will learn specialized terminology and practices in order to work with a range of complex student needs. Students will learn about the legal provisions and regulations related to assessment and become qualified to administer alternate assessments.

What You Learn

The Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities Endorsement focuses on preparing teachers to meet the educational needs of complex learners in school communities. Graduates become equipped to work with students who have intellectual disabilities using evidence-based practices that meet the needs in rapidly changing school settings.

You’ll consider how to use technologies to support instructional assessment, planning, and delivery for a wide range of students with exceptionalities.

Students will learn how to collaborate across a wide range of settings in order to advocate for students with exceptionalities in the school and community.

Students will learn to collaborate with various service providers and educators in the school in order to deliver instruction to a wide range of students.

How You Learn

Online: You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. Some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. Because this is a K-12 endorsement, students will be exposed to several age levels of students during practicum experiences and may work with students in their own setting – if applicable. Students will receive regular feedback from a university supervisor on their teaching practices.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students earn the endorsement required to teach Instructional Strategist II. Graduates gain expertise in overseeing classroom programs and curriculum, monitoring weekly and daily improvement of learning goals, and modifying any instructional methods that might not be achieving those goals.


Students applying to this program must hold a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, a validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance), and a current or pending license to teach in the state of Iowa.

Degree Requirements

EDGR 539Individual Behavior Management3
EDGR 574Instructional Strategist II: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities3
EDGR 566Instructional Strategist II Methods: Using Assistive Technology1
EDGR 567Instructional Strategist II Methods: Designing Curriculum and Instruction for Students with ID1
EDGR 568Instructional Strategist II Methods: Challenging Behaviors1
EDGR 569Instructional Strategist II Methods: Education Assessment (for ages 5-21)1
EDGR 572Instructional Strategist II: ID Practicum3
EDGR 538Diagnosis and Evaluation of Special Education Students3
EDGR 536Working with Families, Teachers, and Community Agencies3
EDGR 535Career / Vocational Programming3
 Total Credit Hours:22
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.