Graduate Special Education
2015 Spring Term
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FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
The purpose of this course is to help students explore issues and perspectives related to basic theories in special education. The course also examines the legal and ethical implications surrounding special education, and the historical developments within the field. This course will provide teacher education students with experiences that engage them in explicitly examining their conceptions, assumptions, and attitudes related to students with exceptional educational needs. Extensive consideration will be devoted to misconceptions about multicultural and bilingual aspects of special education as well as pedagogical approaches for including students with diverse learning styles and abilities in general education environments.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM
The purpose of this course is to provide general strategies to promote effective behavior management in the inclusive educational environment. Focus will be on theories and practices for facilitating successful integration of children with disabilities in the regular education classroom or public school special education programs.
EVIDENCE BASED EARLY INTERVENTION FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
This course examines relevant theories and pertinent research pertaining to care of infants and toddlers with special needs within the family setting and in group care programs. Content includes an examination of legislative action that calls for intervention services for the birth to three population in natural settings, screening and assessment procedures, eligibility criteria for service delivery, working closely with and supporting families, and team collaboration styles. Mental health issues related to infants and toddlers are examined in relation to those who provide care to this population.
MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY
Study of the medical, physiological, neurological, physical, developmental, and sensory characteristics of persons with physical or medical conditions which impact educational programming. Emphasis on the etiology and implications of genetic, prenatal and acquired causes of disabilities including cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, medical fragility, technology dependency, AIDS, and prenatal drug exposure. Interdisciplinary approaches to services provided for persons with complex attendance needs are addressed.
PHASE 3 PORTFOLIO
This course assists teacher candidates to develop their phase 3 portfolio which includes a philosophical statement which addresses DPI's core values; three narratives in the areas of assessment, instruction, and communication and collabration; and three to nine student-selected artifacts selected from course projects or related artifacts across the college and Department of Special Education, prior to their entrance into the Directed Teaching Block that provide evidence of the attainment of knowledge and skills related to WTS and CEC/NCATE standards.
TRANSITION PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Identification of specific strategies for overcoming attitudinal and technical barriers to vocational mainstreaming of special needs students. Content includes values clarification, vocational assessment, vocational IEP development, and elementary and secondary vocational models in delivering appropriate vocational services to EEN students. Content covers grades K-12.
ADVANCED BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
The purpose of this course is to provide special educators with the knowledge and skills to intervene with children with intense patterns of behavior that prevent the student from accessing the general education classroom. Techniques for conducting functional behavior assessments and designing behavior intervention plans will be provided. In addition, legal aspects regarding behavior intervention will be provided.
INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH EBD
The purpose of this course is to provide intervention strategies for working with children with severe emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies related to AODA, social skills curriculum, abuse/neglect, juvenile corrections, and medication management will be presented. In addition, methods for creating effective program models will be presented.
COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
This course develops student's skills and understanding of the laws pertaining to students with disabilities, writing individualized instructional plans, inclusion, collaboration and school-based team membership, and adaptation and modifications of instruction. Students also develop their personal philosophy of education including beliefs about teachers, students, diversity, community, inclusion, etc. and a profile of their role as a team member through the use of a variety of self-assessment tools and the use of a cooperative learning structure (base teams) for the course.
FORMAL ASSESSMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
This class provides the students with knowledge of the legal and ethical considerations related to the assessment of young children (Birth through age eight). Students will acquire skills related to developmental screening, determination of eligibility for special education, conducting norm-referenced assessments, writing reports, and communication with parents and other professionals.
EDUCATIONAL-DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT IN LD, E/BD, CD
A course to develop advanced diagnostic skills for elementary through secondary students with mild/ moderate disabilities (LD, ED, CD). Particular emphasis is placed upon the assessment of cognitive, academic, developmental and behavioral skills that affect classroom performance. The application of advanced trend analysis and data synthesis techniques for special education placement and program planning is stressed and current issues and trends are discussed.
CURRICULUM/METHODS COGNITIVE DISABILITIES - FUNCTIONAL
For persons who will be working with individuals who have moderate and/or severe disabilities. Provides methods, strategies and techniques in assessment, curriculum development, program design, instructional strategies, material development, and community transition for the population with moderate disabilities. A major focus will be on all aspects of functional programs across home, school, community and vocational environments.
PHASE 4 PORTFOLIO
This course assists teacher candidates to develop their phase 4 portfolio which includes a philosophical statement which addresses DPI's core values; three narratives in the areas of assessment, instruction, and communication and collaboration; and three to nine student-selected artifacts selected from field-based experiences with children (special education fieldwork, general education fieldwork, and student teaching) that provide evidence of the attainment of knowledge and skills related to WTS and CEC/NCATE standards. At the end of the seminar, teacher candidates will present the portfolio to an interdisciplinary group of UW-W faculty and staff.
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION I
The course is about reading for students with problems and disabilities through the use of theories, models, and specific research-based programs in phonemic awareness, decoding, reading and comprehension. We will examine the processes and skills children and adolescents engage in to read and understand literature and content within the curriculum. Specifically the difficulties encountered by students with language and learning differences will be reviewed and research providing "best practices" in teaching phonemic awareness, reading, decoding, and comprehension as a tool for literacy development will be emphasized. Students will develop personal philosophies and review and implement instructional strategies for teaching the development and fluency aspects of phonemic awareness, reading, decoding, and comprehension withing the special and regular curriculum.
ADVANCED METHODOLOGY AND PRACTICES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
This course provides the post-baccalaureate student with the knowledge and skills to understand, interpret, and apply single-case design methods within the large context of research design in education. Students will learn how to evaluate single-case design research studies in order to understand current research related to the behavioral intervention. In addition, students will learn how to conduct single-case design researvh in order to evaluate their own intervention programs.
PROMOTING REFORM THROUGH COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP
This course will examine school reform and collaborative leadership from a Special Education perspective. Specifically, the course will provide students with strategic skills to promote collaborative problem-solving approaches to the development of policy and practice that will promote the development of learning communities and the revitalization of the quality of learning for all children. Students will participate in practical activities that will enhance their ability to assume informal and formal leadership roles within and across professions impacting Special Education.
APPLIED FIELD ACTION RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Under the mentorship of the faculty advisor, the student will reflect and implement an Action Research proposal at the classroom, school and / or district level. The synthesis and summary of the findings will be disseminated via multiple formats, e.g. poster sessions, conference presentations, journal articles and the sharing of information at professional gatherings. The Action Research study will be a tool for producing artifacts that can be integrated into appropriate professional portfolios to enhance professional development, career mobility of qualification for NBPTS certification.
PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
This course will prepare practicing teachers to develop professional portfolios. Students can select from three types of portfolios -- a Professional Development Portfolio, a Showcase Portfolio or a portfolio that can be used as part of an application for National Board Certification. The Professional Development Portfolio will assist teachers in meeting the requirements for continuing licensure. A showcase portfolio will assist teachers who wish to move into another professional position. The National Board portfolio is one of the major requirements in achieving National Board Certification. lStudents will acquire skills in developing and refining artifacts suitable for each type of portfolio. They will learn how to write reflective commentaries, to self-assess their working according to external standards, to acquire skills (e.g. videotaping lessons; developing web pages) that will assist them in producing high quality artifacts representing their best work. Students may take this class up to two times to complete their portfolio.
INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM
This course is desgined to help prospective education teachers learn to work effectively with students with mild disabilities. Instructional principles and strategies to provide quality instruction to help students become successful learners will be emphasized. Content emphasis includes models of instruction, and methods for delivery of instruction including lesson planning and unit planning. Students who are not currently teaching will have to fulfill independent field experience expectations.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.