Planning For Co-Teaching: Strategies & Tools to Ensure Success

(16 Hours) This course will teach participants about six co-teaching instructional models, as well as how to successfully implement co-teaching in their classroom. The course covers co-teaching from the initial planning stages, all the way through setting curriculum goals, making modifications as needed, the importance of assessment, and concludes with a self-reflection component.  Participants of this course will be provided with all the instruction, tools, and support needed to implement effective co-teaching in their classroom.


  • Price: $45.00
  • Credit Type: Professional Development
  • Credits: 16 PD Hours
  • 32 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

Learn The Key Principles, Strategies, & Models Behind Effective Co-Teaching

A Step-By-Step Guide & the Tools Needed to Organize, Plan, Manage, & Assess Your Co-Teaching Classroom


Learn How to Manage a Collaborative Classroom Environment & Utilize Co-Teaching to Positively Impact Student Learning

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What You Will Learn:

  • What co-teaching is and how it can benefit students
  • Six instructional models of co-teaching and when each model is most appropriate
  • Eight components of co-teaching and how to implement each one successfully

Course Guiding Question:

How can I work successfully with a co-teacher to ensure that all students in our class are meeting their academic goals?

Professional Development Credits:

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 16 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs, CEUs).

Model Teaching Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in many states and we provide easy approval forms to submit to your license granting authority if required.

If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally-accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.

Wendy Lipe, Instructor

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Southwest Texas State University

Experience & Credentials:
Over 9 Years of Teaching Experience
Current Elementary-Level Teacher
ESL State Certified (Texas), TAG Certified
Experience with Students with Learning Disabilities
(ADD, ADHD, & Dyslexia)

Beneficial course!

This course was very helpful in providing information on co-teaching and allowing you to plan your own co-teaching implementation plan.

-9th Grade Teacher

Course Sections:

Section 1 – An Overview of Co-Teaching

  • What Co-Teaching is and What it Isn’t
  • The Six Instructional Models of Co-Teaching
  • The Eight Components of Successful Co-Teaching
  • The Benefits and Potential Challenges for Both Students and Teachers in a Co-Teaching Situation

Section 2 – Instructional Presentation

  • The Six Most Commons Models of Co-Teaching
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Model
  • How Classrooms Are Set-Up for Each Model and When They Are Most Effective

Section 3 – Interpersonal Communication

  • About the Importance of Interpersonal Communication
  • The Impact of Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • How Your Personality Traits Impact Working Relationships
  • How to Address Conflicts When They Arise

Section 4 – Physical Arrangement

  • Different Ways the Co-Teaching Space Can be Physically Arranged
  • What Elements Make Up the Physical Space Other Than Desk Arrangements

Section 5 – Classroom Management

  • The Importance of Setting Up Structures and Routines With Students
  • The Importance of Building a Strong Classroom Community Through Relationships

Section 6 – Familiarity with Curriculum

  • Why Both Co-teachers Need to be Equally Familiar With the Curriculum
  • How to Increase Your Curriculum Knowledge
  • When it Might be Appropriate for Teachers to Have Different Levels of Knowledge of the Curriculum

Section 7 – Curriculum Goals and Modifications

  • How to Set Instructional Goals
  • The Difference Between Accommodations and Modifications
  • How to Make Appropriate Modifications

Section 8 – Instructional Planning

  • The Different Types of Instructional Planning and When They Should be Done
  • The Benefits of Regular, Intentional Planning
  • How to Plan Effectively

Section 9 – Assessment

  • About the Different Types of Assessments That Can be Used
  • How to Adjust Instruction Based on the Results of Those Assessments

Section 10 – Self-Reflection

  • How to Self-Reflect on Your Co-Teaching Practices to Determine Your Effectiveness

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 32 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!  These include:

  • Co-Teaching Quick Reference Guide
  • The 6 Co-Teaching Models Reference Guide
  • Choosing a Model Worksheet
  • Personality Self-Assessment & Reflection Tool
  • Conflict Resolution Worksheet
  • Physical Arrangement Checklist with Samples
  • Classroom Procedure & Compromise Plan with Samples
  • Routines & Procedures Evaluation Tool with Samples
  • Consequences Plan with Samples
  • Curriculum Knowledge Analysis with Samples
  • Common Modifications & Accommodations Reference Guide
  • Curriculum Goals & Modifications Planning Template with Samples
  • Planning to Plan Tool with Samples
  • Meeting Agenda Planner
  • Assessment Options Reference Guide
  • Assessment Planner with Samples
  • Co-Teaching Relationship Stages Reference Guide
  • Co-Teaching Implementation Checklist
  • Co-Teaching Self Reflection
  • Co-Teaching Plan of Action with Samples
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Samples

High-Quality Virtual Presentations

Our high-quality lessons are presented by your instructor in a virtual learning environment that is designed to mirror live, on-campus workshops. Choose to watch or read all lessons at any time and take advantage of our high-quality resources provided for immediate implementation of your new skills.

Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere

Courses are accessible to you at any time and are accessible on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. After registration, you will have access to all course lessons, templates, & assignments for one year. Take your courses at your own pace.  Pause any time and continue where you left off.  You will receive instructor feedback at each step of the course as you progress through the curriculum at your own convenience.


Live Feedback & Communication

Our courses are designed to simulate live instruction. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback from your instructor within 24- 48 hours of your submissions as you proceed through lessons and activities. If you have a question, reach out to your instructor through our built-in messaging system or directly by email or phone.