Inclusive Teaching and Learning (ITL)

Course Description

Welcome to Inclusive Teaching and Learning, a course that supports practitioners in developing inclusive classroom practices. You will build a ‘toolkit’ of knowledge, skills and resources that will start you on a journey to create a truly inclusive classroom. This course starts on the 5th September 2022, but you can look at the welcome video below and fill in the pre-course survey before then.

This course is the first of a pair which draw on the UNICEF Wave model for inclusive education. The second course - Creating an Inclusive School – supports professionals in working together to create an inclusive ethos and culture and to work with stakeholders for the benefit of all learners, but particularly those with a special educational need.

We hope this course opens up possibilities for your teaching whether you work with children and young people, student teachers, or teachers, and gives you the confidence to experiment with new approaches.

You can study on your own, or with a group of colleagues. If internet access is a problem, note that you can download all the course content (except for the quizzes) and study offline.

This course is free and gives you the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Participation as a recognition of your learning. To access the course materials, pass the quizzes and earn your certificate, you’ll need to enroll.

To get started, please click on the Enroll Now button.


Course Contents

Week 1:  Inclusive teaching

During the first week, participants will:

  1. engage with a model for inclusive education and what it means to be inclusive;
  2. consider what it means to be excluded
  3. relate the model for inclusive teaching to their own practice

Week 2: Learner-centred education

During the second week, participants will:

  1. Consider the Policy responses to international reports on Inclusive Education.
  2. Examine what is meant by learner-centred education
  3. Engage with the ‘minimum criteria’ for learner-centredness
  4. Analyse teaching from a learner-centred perspective
  5. Plan classroom activities and consider how to involve all learners.

Week 3: Everyone can do something ... supporting inclusive teaching

During the third week, participants will:

  1. Consider key strategies for active teaching and learning in the classroom
  2. Explore ways to turn policy into practice
  3. Change Strategy 1 Investigate some free Open Educational Resources (OER) to support active learning and teaching
  4. Change Strategy 2 Focus specifically on questioning to promote thinking

Week 4: Developing your teacher’s toolkit

  1. Identify key inclusivity challenges relevant to their context
  2.  Re-visit the ‘wave model’ and consider these challenges through the lens of that model
  3. Make a plan for their own on-going professional development as an inclusive practitioner

Target audience

Teachers in the primary or secondary phase

School leaders

Teacher educators in colleges or universities

Government officers responsible for professional development for in-service teachers

Outcomes of this Course

After completion of this course, the participant is expected to be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the ‘wave model’ for thinking about inclusive education
  2. Understand the attitudes and values that underpin learner-centred education
  3. Be familiar with a range of teaching approaches that promote active learning and inclusivity
  4. Access, review and select open educational resources to support them in developing their own classroom pedagogy


A Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Participation will be awarded at the end of this course.

 To be eligible for a Certificate of Completion, you should:

  1. Watch all the video lectures and read all the course content
  2. Score at least 70% in all the quizzes
  3. Make at least four posts in any forum during the course

 To qualify for a Certificate of Participation, you should:

  1. Watch at least 80% of the video lectures and read all the course content
  2. Score at least 50% in all the quizzes
  3. Make at least four posts in any forum during the course