How to write SMARTER IEP Goals: Strategies for SLPs

Course: #6683 Level: Intermediate1 Hour 102 Reviews

The acronym S.M.A.R.T.E.R. can be used as a mnemonic to assist SLPs with writing IEP goals that align with federal and state mandates. This course explores the following concepts of the mnemonic: Specific, Measurable, Attainable within a year, Research-based, Teachable with cues and strategies, Evaluated and communicated to parents, and Relevant to common core or state standards. Examples of SMARTER IEP goals will be provided in the course to demonstrate how to use the mnemonic for best practices.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to define the 3 components of “individualized” for IEPs as related to goal development.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify the 7 components of a SMARTER IEP goal as these align with federal mandates.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to write an IEP goal containing the SMARTER components.


0-5 Minutes Introductions
5-15 Minutes Review of definitions and research
15-25 Minutes Review of federal and state mandates
25-30 Minutes Overview of the SMARTER mnemonic
30-35 Minutes Articulation example/scenario
35-40 Minutes Semantics example/scenario
40-45 Minutes Syntax example/scenario
45-50 Minutes Morphology example/scenario
50-55 Minutes Pragmatics example/scenario
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A


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