Classroom Management

EPSE 432 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Weekly Discussions/Reflection topics
  • Six assignments/activities that will reflect the materials discussed in class.
  • Final Reflection Paper (3-5 pages)

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


Instructional and environmental strategies for preventing and responding effectively to behaviour problems in classrooms. (UBC Calendar)

The central purpose of this online course is to enable you to design a positive classroom climate where you and your students can engage in meaningful learning experiences together. In order to reach this goal, we will explore a range of research supported strategies for individual, classroom and school wide behaviour support. The class will be highly interactive and experiential, providing opportunities for student discussion, skills practice and exploration of classroom management topics. Throughout the course, students will learn:  (a) important preventative strategies to avoid problem behaviour in the first place; (b) the basic functions of student behaviour; and (c) the skills to apply those principles to teaching, positive behaviour support, and the design of effective classrooms. The course is organized to prepare you to achieve success with most of your students and therefore increase the likelihood of your personal satisfaction as a teaching professional.

EPSE 432 is a pre-approved elective for the Diploma in Education – Early Years Education and the Diploma in Education – Infant Development and Supported Child Development.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support (SW-PBS)
    • Define PBS
    • Understand research support for preventative methods
    • Describe examples of PBS
    • Know the steps in planning and implementing school wide PBS
  2. Behaviour Management
    • Identify a variety of problem behaviours that you may encounter as a teacher
    • Understand the critical role of the teacher in prevention and positive behaviour support
    • Design a positive classroom environment
    • Know how to apply effective individual behaviour interventions
    • Practice positive management skills through role plays, scenarios and video enactments
    • Explore your own assumptions about student behaviour and discipline that may help or hinder your ability to manage a classroom
    • Know the major theoretical models of behaviour and their relevance to classroom settings
  3. Academic and Behaviour Assessment
    • Describe a functional assessment and functional behavioural analysis (FBA)
    • Describe procedures and processes for using a FBA as a tool
    • Make a variety of behaviour intervention plans
    • Understand prevention through the use of academic monitoring and curriculum-based measurement
    • Describe and use assessment information to guide the development of behaviour support planning
  4. Proactive Learning Environments
    • Write rules and procedures for your classroom
    • Design a sequence for teaching behaviour to your students
    • Know how to use effective schedules and how to organize your classroom for prevention
    • Establish meaningful, positive relationships with your students, parents and support staff
    • Identify and implement the features of high-quality instruction
  5. Increase Learning Behaviour and Decrease Behavioural Challenges
    • Know the types of reinforcement
    • Develop and implement reinforcement systems in your classroom
    • Prevent misbehaviour through specific reinforcement applications
    • Use behaviour reductive techniques to reduce challenging behavior
    • Describe the standards of the British Columbia College of Teachers and your responsibility as a teaching professional


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll free in North America:  1.800.661.3889, or

Order online:

  • Scheuermann, J. A. Hall (2015). Positive behavioral supports for the classroom. Pearson Education Canada. ISBN: 9780133803259
  • Knoster, T. (2014). The teacher’s pocket guide for effective classroom management  2nd edition. Brookes Publishing Company Incorporated, Paul H.. ISBN: 9781598574029


This course will be offered online on Canvas –

This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


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Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Lastest Revision on: October 25, 2018