spe511 | Graduate
Special Education Methods
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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Planning for and Implementing Instruction
- Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional materials for varying student needs.
- Explain effective unit and lesson development based on the Essential Elements of Instruction.
- Examine instructional strategies that promote student success and modifications and accommodations that support student needs.
- Analyze informal assessment strategies to measure student progress.
- Propose various grading methods.
- Describe differing learning styles of individuals with exceptional learning needs.
- Describe characteristics of culture and implications for instructional practice.
- Apply task analysis to the development of instructional sequences.
Synthesis of Assessment
- Examine formal and informal assessments used to evaluate student strengths and needs.
- Distinguish among special education categories based on IDEA eligibility criteria and their implications for instruction.
Managing the Teaching and Learning Environment
- Propose environmental modifications that contribute to student learning.
- Describe basic classroom management theories and strategies for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
Managing Student Behavior and Social Interaction
- Describe social skills needed for educational and other environments.
- Describe approaches that influence behavior of individuals with exceptional learning needs.
- Describe components of a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP).
- Describe crisis prevention and intervention.
Planning for Other Needs
- Identify processes of assisting students in making transitions from one setting to another.
- Identify issues in management of health care needs.
- Describe career awareness and vocational activities for students with special needs.
- Describe strategies that promote cultural diversity and disability awareness.
Overview of the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Describe IEP considerations that maximize opportunities for learning in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
- Identify components of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as defined in the IDEA.
- Explain the process of IEP development and implications for due process.
- Analyze an IEP that results in appropriate educational services based upon evaluation of student strengths, needs, category of disability, and state and/or district standards.
Communication and Collaborative Partnerships
- Describe models of consultation and collaboration among professionals.
- Describe the role of the paraprofessional in special education.
- Propose ways in which parents and non-professional community resources contribute to student success.
- Identify advantages and disadvantages of consultation and collaboration in an instructional environment.
Professionalism and Ethical Practices
- Examine professional and ethical practices related to educating a student with special needs.
- Describe a personal philosophy of educating a student with special needs based upon appropriate professional and ethical practices.
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