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Survey Of Special Populations

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This course provides an overview of the categories of exceptionality for school-age students with special needs. The course focuses on differentiated methods and techniques used for the identification, assessment, and instruction of diverse populations. Historical perspectives and information related to special education law, and current policies and practices are examined.

This graduate-level course is 4 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 2
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4 weeks

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    Legal Perspectives of Special Education; Terminology

    • Investigate strategies for building working partnerships with colleagues and families of exceptional learners.
    • Examine terminology, acronyms, and language used in the field of special education.
    • Analyze the federal, state, and local legal structures governing programs for students with exceptionalities.
    • Explore the IDEA eligibility categories for special education.
    • Examine the impact of public policy on special education.

    Characteristics of Exceptional Learners

    • Examine the social, personality, and learning characteristics of students with exceptionalities.
    • Discuss the history of learning disabilities and federal definition of specific learning disability.
    • Explain the assets that a student brings to learning through cultural and family values, students experiences, and social interactions.
    • Determine the cognition and language characteristics of students with exceptionalities.

    Instructional Planning and Learner Engagement for Diverse Classrooms; IEP Development

    • Explain service delivery options for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
    • Determine appropriate strategies for differentiating instruction while considering IEP goals and objectives.
    • Examine testing and instructional accommodations or modifications for students with exceptionalities.
    • Investigate classroom engagement techniques for diverse learning environments.
    • Evaluate assistive technology options for exceptional learners.

    Response to Intervention (RTI) and Assessment

    • Examine the Response to Intervention (RTI) process used to determine students’ abilities and functioning levels.
    • Determine the Instructional Support Team (IST) and their roles.
    • Investigate the tiers of support and possible interventions in RTI.
    • Evaluate assessment and progress monitoring practices for exceptional learners.
    • Assess the validity of an intensive intervention program.
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