spe300 | undergraduate
Orientation To The Exceptional Child
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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Special Education Law
- Explore the federal, state, and local laws that govern current practices for educating students with disabilities.
- Differentiate between Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Types of Disabilities
- Define the different types of disabilities according to IDEA.
- Define the characteristics of different disabilities.
- Identify instructional strategies for working with students with different disabilities.
- Give examples of low- and high-tech assistive technology that can be used with students with special needs.
Collaboration and Team Approach
- Identify different types of collaboration approaches.
- Explain the key components of effective professional collaboration.
- Define the role of each of the teams serving students with special needs (Pre-referral, Assessment, and Individualized Education Program Teams).
- Identify the process for pre-referral by the general education teacher.
- Explain the referral process in a local school.
- Give examples of the placement settings for students with disabilities.
- Define related services for special education students.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of the specialists and paraprofessionals who may participate in educating students with disabilities.
Other Diverse Learners
- Identify the characteristics and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
- Identify characteristics of students who may be at risk for school failure.
- Give examples of strategies for working with diverse learners in the general education classroom.
- Identify the characteristics and needs of gifted and talented learners.
- Identify emotional and behavioral disorders and the attributing factors associated with these conditions.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
- Explain progress monitoring in the RTI process.
- Describe the Response to Intervention process and the Classroom-Based Problem-Solving Model.
- Explain how Response to Intervention supports student learning.
- Analyze how Response to Intervention supports the decision making process for special education.
- Interpret RTI assessment results to determine appropriate interventions.
Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners in the Classroom
- Demonstrate how a lesson plan can be modified to accommodate students with special needs.
- Define the three options for accommodating students with disabilities when participating in state-wide or district-wide testing.
- Explain the use of pre-assessment in the development of instructional sequence.
Assessment of Exceptional Children
- Determine appropriate assessment techniques needed to evaluate diverse learners.
- Describe how to differentiate assessment of gifted and talented students.
- Define how to use technology to assess student learning of diverse learners.
Overview and Historical Background of Exceptional Children
- Identify historical perspectives and current practices.
- Define success for all students in the general education classroom.
- Describe the benefits of including all students in the general education classroom.
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