mte512 | Graduate
Teaching The Exceptional Learner
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- Examine ways general education teachers can support the special education teacher to facilitate learner growth and development.
- Design ways to collaborate with other school professionals that facilitate student learning through various co-teaching strategies.
- Identify support services, personnel, agencies, and community resources available to families of students with exceptionalities.
- Discuss the importance of school-to-family collaboration and communication for exceptional learners.
Foundations and Legal Perspectives of Special Education
- Define terminology, acronyms, and language used in the field of special education.
- Analyze federal and state legal structures governing programs for students with exceptional learning needs.
- Examine public policy and its effect on educational issues regarding students with exceptional learning needs.
- Explore the IDEA eligibility categories for special education.
- Discuss major laws and principles that address student and parent rights pertaining to student placements.
- Compare and contrast personal and societal attitudes toward learners with exceptional needs.
Characteristics of Exceptional Learners
- Examine the social, personality, and learning characteristics of students with exceptionalities.
- Discuss the history of learning disabilities and the federal definition of specific learning disability.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the special needs of gifted learners.
- Explain the assets that a student brings to learning through cultural and family values, experiences, and social interactions.
- Explore the cognitive and language characteristics of students with exceptionalities.
Response to Intervention, Assessment, and IEP Process
- Examine the response to intervention (RTI) process used to determine a studentâs abilities and functioning levels.
- Analyze different models used for pre-referral, referral, and multidisciplinary evaluation processes.
- Evaluate various types of assessment instruments used for determining special education eligibility.
- Discuss assessment practices and current trends in administering, scoring, and interpreting test results.
- Examine the individualized education program (IEP) process.
The Diverse Classroom; Managing the Teaching and Learning Environment
- Describe inclusion and ways to create a diverse classroom that is both supportive and emotionally safe.
- Identify strategies that support engagement in learning for all students in the diverse classroom.
- Explain service delivery options for students with an IEP.
- Define related services for special education students.
- Identify options for students who need assistive technology in the classroom.
- Explore discipline procedures required by IDEA.
Planning Instruction and Accommodations
- Analyze instructional strategies used in adapting learning activities to individual studentsâ needs.
- Evaluate instructional decision-making processes based on learner developmental levels.
- Critique methods for student self-assessment and reflection.
- Construct appropriate strategies to differentiate instruction while holding students accountable for complex thinking.
- Evaluate the importance of understanding IEP goals and objectives when planning for instruction in a diverse classroom with exceptional learners.
- Identify common testing and instructional accommodations or modifications for students with exceptionalities.
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