Teaching Students to Write Like Scientists: The Universal Design for Learning Approach – A Facilitated Self-paced Course


Students in science class writing science report.

This facilitated, self-paced course consists of 7 sessions. In this course, participants learn about Universal Design for Learning through readings and video examples with the purpose of understanding how to provide options while students learn to write like scientists. Participants consider how high school science standards and literacy standards overlap in the area of writing. In this module we consider goals that could incorporate writing and consider ways to support writing. Though there are many ways to help students achieve science standards, this module focuses specifically on content area writing. Participants explore tools to scaffold writing and to provide options in other areas of the lesson while encouraging thinking like a scientist.  At the end of the course, participants develop or modify their own lesson to support writing while encouraging students to think like scientists in a given content area.


This is a facilitated experience. In this course participants are asked to explore media, and engage in “Try It” activities to put the principles of UDL into action in their own science classrooms. Students are also asked to discuss their learning with the course facilitator each week, and will receive feedback.

To learn more about this online course, including the option of taking the course for graduate credit, contact Alie Berg at 781-245-2212, ext 248 or aberg@cast.org.

We also offer this course (in a facilitated, scheduled format) to PreK-postsecondary institutions, as well as other organizations. For more information please contact Madeline Reggiannini, Operations & Marketing Manager, at 781-245-2212, ext 240 or mreggiannini@cast.org.


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You can take this course at any time. Upon enrolling in the course, participants will have access to the course for 3 months.


A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution who register together.

Who Should Enroll?

This course is appropriate for high school science teachers or science coaches who are interested in learning about:

  • How to address the learner variability in science classrooms.
  • How to support high school students to become expert learners in science.
  • Cutting-edge research from the learning sciences.
  • How to implement UDL strategies into their practice.

Credit Equivalency

Coursework for this module is equivalent to a 22.5-contact-hour, graduate-level course. Participants who complete the course with a C- (71%) or better will receive an email that contains a printable PDF of an official CAST certificate.