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Exceptional Student Services Track is a Program

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Track Description

The courses currently listed as part of this track are reviewed and revised annually so you will always have the most up-to-date information and content. In addition to the courses included in this track, you will have access to newly created courses that are added throughout the year! You can also connect and engage with other educators from all over the country in the Athlos Virtual Learning Community. Participate in lively discussions, download templates and tools from the resource library, and stay informed with the monthly bulletin which covers current events, policies, research, best practices, and so much more! Upon the successful completion of each course, you will earn a digital badge to show off on social media, your email signature, and your resume. You also get a customized certificate of completion and transcript.

Approval Information & Requirements

Whether you are looking to earn advancement on the district's salary scale or meeting the requirements for your relicensing we are here to help! Prior to taking any courses, you should be sure to follow any pre-approval requirements established by your district. 


Overview of Courses Included


This course provides the knowledge and skill necessary to implement MTSS instruction and interventions that address students’ academic and/or behavioral needsExplore the MTSS principles and framework, team roles, as well as academic and behavioral strategies by tier.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Reaching ALL Learners

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning within your classroom. You will be introduced to the UDL theory, learning styles, and barriers to learning before learning how to implement UDL in order to reach all students in your classroom. 

Writing a Quality IEP

This course provides the knowledge and skill necessary to write a quality IEP for your studentsParticipants will explore the development of a quality IEP by reviewing the key components of each section of the IEP and analyzing examples of IEP writing. 

Implementation of the IEP and Progress Monitoring

This course provides the knowledge and skill necessary to implement student IEPs and progress monitor IEP goalsExplore the best practices for collaborating to implement an IEP, organizing instruction around IEP goalsmonitoring progress towards IEP goals, and reporting progress to families.    

Evaluation: From Referral to Eligibility Determination

Explore the evaluation process for special education services from referral to eligibility meetings. You will learn the compliance requirements and critical components of a technically sound evaluation.

How to Foster a Growth Mindset

This course provides the foundational knowledge of growth mindset, including how to examine one’s own growth mindset, and how to foster the development of growth mindset in students. 

Using Performance Character to Boost Social-Emotional Learning

This course provides the foundational knowledge of Social Emotional Learning necessary to effectively use Performance Character Traits and Huddles to support a strong classroom community and students’ social and emotional development. 

Foundations for a Great Year

This course provides the building blocks for a great classroom and sets you up for a positive and productive year. This course will explore student engagement, building community, and managing student behavior in virtual and face- to- face classroom settings. 

Athlos Virtual Professional Learning Community

A trilogy of virtual online professional learning networks of like-minded educators. 

Digital Badges Associated with the Exceptional Student Services Track

Image showing all digital badges associated with the ESS track


Track description


Approx. 3 hours for each course

Course Type:



Badge & Certificate