Classroom Management: Relationships & Ecology

Focusing on the components of unconditional positive regard and classroom ecology. This course uses the evidence-based Time to Teach classroom management model. This model is research-based, practical, proven, and is ready to use in the classroom.

Program Overview

The best teachers care before students achieve. This course will focus on the components of unconditional positive regard and classroom ecology. Specifically, we’ll examine classroom ecology strategies and understand its impact on the classroom environment to minimize disruptions and build healthy caring relationships. We will cover unconditional positive regard or how to build and maintain strong student and teacher relationships. We will focus on effective strategies to reach every student, every day.

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Approximately 15 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



1 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credit

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Design the ideal classroom by examining every aspect of the ecology to maximize teaching and learning time.
  • Identify strategies to build healthy caring student-teacher relationships to create high performing classrooms.

Course Topics:

  • Classroom Ecology  
  • Classroom Ecology Strategies
  • Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Culturally Responsive Unconditional Positive Regard 

This course is part of the 3-course Classroom Management program. Taking courses in this recommended order will help you build a strong foundation and progress through the program with success.

1. Fundamentals of Classroom Management
2. Classroom Management: Relationships and Ecology
3. Classroom Management: Accurate and Timely consequences

Who Should Enroll?
PreK-12 teachers, Teacher candidates, School administrators, Para-educators   

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



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This course is offered through University of Massachusetts Global’s School of Extended Education in partnership with Center for Teacher Effectiveness and Time To Teach 

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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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