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SPE/512

Special Education Assessment and Interpretation

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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course focuses on the task of assessing the exceptional learner and diagnosing his or her strengths and needs. The course will examine the common tests and evaluation systems used in public school special education and their relationship to writing and monitoring an IEP. Emphasis is placed on the significance of professional responsibility and ethical practice in special education. The course also addresses specific diagnostic procedures and the evaluation of data as part of the instructional process. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia. Wisconsin, Wyoming, and individuals who reside outside the United States

Prerequisites

This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Valuing Diversity, Practicing Professional Ethics

  • Investigate federal legislation regarding assessment in special education.  
  • Examine the steps involved in the assessment process in special education. 
  • Determine the key stakeholders in the special education assessment process. 

Week 2

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Collaborating With Professional Communities

  • Analyze different types of assessments and evaluation systems used in public school special education. 
  • Evaluate the importance of using a variety of assessment instruments. 
  • Compare the purposes of norm-referenced assessments with criterion-referenced assessments. 
  • Examine universal, targeted, and intensive assessments for use in determining current performance levels. 

Week 3

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Integrating Technology

  • Explain the scoring terminology used in special education assessment. 
  • Investigate the use of technology in the assessment process. 
  • Interpret assessment data by analyzing multiple means of student learning and performance. 
  • Analyze the components of an educational assessment report. 

Week 4

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning

  • Determine the relationship between assessment and instructional planning. 
  • Investigate ongoing data analysis and reflection to improve planning and practice. 
  • Explore strategies for engaging learners in the assessment process to set goals for learning. 
  • Evaluate the role of ethics in the use of assessments and assessment data. 

Week 5

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Practicing Professional Ethics

  • Determine the role of RTI in special education assessment. 
  • Classify the essential components of a well-written IEP. 
  • Differentiate the information necessary for writing effective measurable goals for an IEP. 
  • Investigate special education programs, related services, and supports available for students with an IEP. 

Week 6

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Valuing Diversity, Collaborating With Professional Communities, Engaging in Reflective Practice

  • Examine the requirements for evaluating and reporting student progress. 
  • Evaluate systems or programs available for progress monitoring. 
  • Differentiate strategies and procedures for establishing and maintaining a collaborative climate. 
  • Investigate methods for data sharing and providing feedback to all stakeholders.

Why UOPX

Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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