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Special Education Teaching Methods

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This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on students with specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and other mild to moderate disabilities. Participants explore the relationship between individual student characteristics and the development of an individualized education program, as well as: instructional implications of special education categories, characteristics of various service delivery models, lesson planning, instructional strategies, classroom organization and management, crisis prevention, transition planning, and career counseling. Communication through consultation and collaboration, and professional and ethical practices are also examined.

This graduate-level course is 4 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4 weeks

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    Overview of Special Education Categories and Instructional Implications; Communicating With Parents and Staff Members and Professional/Ethical Practices in Special Education

    • Examine guidelines for communicating with staff members about a student’s specific instructional needs.
    • Identify professional ethical principles and practice standards for special educators, and their responsibility in carrying these out in the classroom.
    • Identify and describe the IDEA categories under which students can receive special education services.
    • Analyze the service delivery models that may be used in a special education setting.
    • Compare and contrast the benefits and challenges of co-teaching in a special education classroom.
    • Describe the instructional implications that can occur as a result of learning, emotional, or other mild to moderate disabilities.
    • Analyze methods of communicating and collaborating with parents in the implementation of a student’s individualized education program.

    Classroom Organization and Management of Students With Specific Disabilities; Best Practices for Improved Outcomes for Targeted Groups of Learners

    • Analyze effective classroom management plans that address students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and other mild to moderate disabilities.
    • Describe common techniques and approaches used in crisis prevention and intervention programs.
    • Identify best practices in instruction and behavior management for students with mild to moderate disabilities in the special education classroom.

    Lesson Planning and Developing the Individualized Education Program

    • Identify the similarities and differences between lesson planning for a regular education classroom and a special education classroom.
    • Identify methods of differentiated instruction to address the needs of learners in the special education classroom.
    • Examine the general steps to follow during the individualized education program (IEP) development process.
    • Explain how a student’s specific learning needs and individual characteristics should impact the development of the individualized education program (IEP).

    Adapting the Curriculum and Applying Instructional Interventions for Students With Special Needs; Student Transition and Career Counseling

    • Identify factors that affect curriculum performance for students with special needs.
    • Describe ways to adapt the curriculum for students with specific learning needs.
    • Examine research-based instructional interventions to use with students exhibiting mild to moderate disabilities.
    • Identify key components of the transitional/career counseling phase of a student’s individualized education program.
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