An introduction to special education including an overview of historical/legal foundations, individualized educational plans, and exceptionalities in childhood. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of learning disorders (i.e., learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, and mental retardation).
An introduction to culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities. Topics covered include the types of disabilities among children from various cultural and language backgrounds, perception of disabilities across cultures, reasons for the overrepresentation of various racial and ethnic groups in special education programs, the effects of second language acquisition on current classroom learning, and the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with learning difficulties.
An examination of the methods and curriculum that have been demonstrated to be effective for students with learning disorders.
Overview of the common behavior and emotional disorders commonly found in general and special education settings. An introduction to the principles of effective inclusive teaching, behavior management, applied behavioral analysis, functional assessment, and intervention.
Methods for the special education teachers, reading specialists, and school psychologists to work cooperatively with general educators to effectively teach students with disabilities. This course presents observational techniques, consulting skills, effective communication skills, and dealing with resistance. Applications to working in teams and committees are examined.
Advanced techniques in the teaching, management, and intervention of students with severe behavior disorders. Applied behavior analyses, cognitive behavior modification, and social skills training will be among the techniques discussed.
Examination of the characteristics of students with low incidence disabilities. Emphasis on effective trends and practices in their education.
Comparison of various methods used in the diagnosis of learning problems. Selection, administration and analysis of tests plus writing educational prescription.
Focus on theory and skills to work collaboratively with families and professionals at an individual, group and systems level. Includes knowledge of diverse family influences on student learning, and introduces theoretical application of system thinking to work with families and organizations.
This course provides candidates the opportunity to bring together major components of the program, culminating in a final project that is based upon a case study. Candidates will demonstrate skills in assessing students with disabilities, developing an IEP, designing small group and individual instruction and working with K-12 teachers, administrators and family members. Professional and personal reflection will serve to integrate theory and application in leadership, action-based research and as an expert practitioner in the field in this final course.