Behavior Support for Intensive Intervention Course Content

Behavior Support for Intensive Intervention Course Content

Intensive instruction was recently identified as a high-leverage practice in special education, and DBI is a research based approach to delivering intensive instruction across content areas (NCII, 2013). This course provides learners with an opportunity to extend their understanding of intensive instruction through in-depth exposure to behavioral theory and instructional strategies that may enhance academic intervention and/or serve as a foundation for intensive intervention in behavior through the DBI process.

NCII, through a collaboration with the University of Connecticut and the National Center on Leadership in Intensive Intervention and with support from the CEEDAR Center and PBIS Center, developed course content focused on enhancing educators’ skills in behavior support for intensive intervention. The course includes eight modules that can support faculty and professional development providers with instructing pre-service and in-service educators’ knowledge of behavioral theory and skills in designing and delivering effective behavioral supports for students with intensive needs. The content in this course complements concepts covered in the Features of Explicit Instruction Course and so we suggest that users complete both courses.

Modules 1-8: Behavior Support for Intensive Intervention

There are 8 modules within this course. Each course has an introduction, sub-parts, and a conclusion.

Related Course Content


Course Overview


CEC Standards Addressed


Suggested Reading List


Supporting and Responding to Behavior: Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers

Sample Lessons

Behavior Strategies to Support Intensifying Interventions

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Course content can be “flipped,” allowing for participants to practice learned content in the classroom after independently viewing a course lecture video. Course instructors/coaches can incorporate a variety of practice-based opportunities including: video analysis, microteaching, virtual simulations, and/or lesson studies to ensure ample time for feedback and reflection prior to classroom application.

Our sincerest appreciation to the educators in Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island for their enthusiasm, time, energy, and commitment to piloting this course content. View our Voices from Field Video to hear from one of the participating teachers.