Teaching M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Bergeland, John

Second Reader

Jon Moberg;


Classrooms today are filled with diversity in a plethora of spectrums. Students differ in ability, interests, learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and many other ways. In addition, teachers have been tasked with meeting the needs of all students to help them succeed regardless of their differences. Differentiated instruction was developed in order to meet this need, but its use is not consistent from classroom to classroom. This paper analyzes the effectiveness of differentiated instruction, the barriers teachers face in implementing differentiated instruction, and strategies to incorporate differentiated strategies in a classroom. A differentiated unit planning guide was created and is shared to help teachers implement differentiated instruction more effectively.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis