Courses

Course of Study (*includes field placement) (32 credits)

  • DSP 614 - Critical Issues of Dis/ability and Inclusion (3 credits)
  • EDU 664 - Creating Safe and Peaceful Schools (3 credits)
    OR
    SPE 
    653 - Positive Approaches to Teaching Children with Challenging Behaviors (3 credits)
  • SPE 634 - Collaboration/Cooperation in the Schools (3 credits)
  • SPE 612 - Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs (3 credits)
  • SPE 600 - Practicum in Special Education* (1 credit)
  • SPE 627 - Early Intervention for Children's Reading Problems (3 credits)
  • SPE 609 - Teaching Children with Autism (3 credits)
    OR
    SPE 
    644 - Significant Disabilities: Shifts in Paradigms & Practices (3 credits)
  • SPE 705 - Psychoeducational Evaluation and Planning Clinic* (3 credits)
  • SPE 724 - Inclusive Professional Practices in Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPE 618 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
    OR
    SPE/IDE 652 - 
    Assistive Technologies for Integrating Students with Special Needs (3 credits)
  • EDU 508 - Student Teaching/Inclusive Special Education (1-6)* (4 credits)

Coursework is supplemented with field experiences which give you an opportunity to use newly acquired skills directly in the classroom environment. Most classes start after 4pm or are offered in the summer to accommodate teacher work schedules.

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Enhance Your Professional Profile

In addition to successful completion of the above coursework and fieldwork experiences, students present a Professional Teaching/Learning Portfolio as the exit criterion. This portfolio is not only a culminating project for the program, but also useful in presenting yourself for future employment. This portfolio includes:

  • An introductory essay describing your teaching philosophy and beliefs about inclusive special education, curricular development, adaptations, and planning;
  • Supporting documentation of ways in which you have implemented the key principles of your philosophy and beliefs
  • Evidence of the instructional and assessment approaches you have used  in inclusive classrooms,
  • Artifacts which demonstrate your learning, growth and professionalism.

You present the portfolio to an audience of faculty members, student peers, and grades 1-6 teachers/supervisors who participate in practicum sites and offer feedback on your presentation.

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