Pathways to Self-Determination

Introduction To Course

Welcome to our course on Pathways to Self-Determination! As students move through adolescence and into adulthood, we usually expect them to assume much greater responsibility for managing their own learning, relationships, and behavior. We expect students to become more active in managing their own lives, and to chart their own course for their future. After all, adolescence is a time when youth begin to make important decisions about their future education, careers, and lifestyles. This is a natural part of growing up, a developmental task for any young person. Schools, families and communities play an important role in helping students develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions they need to do this well.

Course Objectives
  • Understand the importance of teaching students self-determination skills
  • Have the ability to identify the four main components of self-advocacy
  • Learn how to teach problem-solving skills to students
  • Understand the different strategies that help students self-manage their behavior
  • Describe the differences between choice making and decision making
  • Learn the different ways students can practice self-determination skills at home, at school, and in the community
  • Understand the different types of decision making options available to students with disabilities after they leave high school
Guiding Questions
  • What elements of self-management am I already incorporating into the classroom?
  • How can I meaningfully integrate choice and decision making into the classroom?
  • Do I currently teach problem-solving skills systematically?
  • How do I equip my students to lead their own IEP meetings?
  • How can I build in ways for my students to advocate for themselves in the classroom and in the community?

Lessons & Additional Resources

Click a video below to begin. Quizzes available at the end of each lesson.

Case Studies