Course Description

Every day teachers work with children and teens who have a mental health disorder that affect not only the student's academic performance and well-being, but also impacts the classroom environment. Yet teachers have not been trained to recognize specific mental health disorders or craft appropriate interventions. This course will provide an overview of common mental health disorders. It will discuss how a mental health disorder can impact a student's performance and development. The course will provide intervention tools and strategies to help these students be more successful in school. It will also focus on how to write a successful intervention plan and collaborate with parents and outside support professionals to support the student's treatment.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Recognize the symptoms of a mental health disorder
  • Understand how a Mental Health Disorder can affect a student's development
  • Demonstrate how to write and implement a successful intervention plan
  • Know how to collaborate with parents, school personnel and outside resources to support students


The targeted audience for this course is PreK-12 teachers and school counselors.

Access to the Internet, an SPU email acount, and use of the Canvas platform are required.

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Section Title
Mental Health Disorders in the Classroom
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $345.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must Be Purchased Separately: (Students may purchase a digital or paperback copy of the texts.)

  • A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disabilities for Every Educator by Myles L. Cooley, PH.D. Sage Publishing, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-62914-564-8
  • The School Counselor's Mental Health Sourcebook- Strategies to Help Students Succeed by Rick Auger. Free Spirit Publishing. 2018. ISBN 978-1-6319-8176-0
Section Notes

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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