Multicategorical Special Education Course Descriptions

EDGSP 403: Introduction to the Special Education edTPA (1)

*Prerequisite: EDGSP 520, 521, 522, 523, and 524
*Offered according to cohort schedule
*This course will be delivered online via CANVAS
Candidates will complete practice exercises for Task 1, Planning for Instruction; Task 2, Instructing and Engaging the Focus Learner; and Task 3, Assessing Learning. Practice activities will include responding to prompts that use key edTPA vocabulary and reflecting on edTPA requirements and rubrics.  

EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)

*field experience hours    
*Cross Ref: EDU 323
This course explores the characteristics and learning needs as well as effective methods for teaching, assessing, and accommodating students with disabilities and other learning differences. The responsibilities of teachers and related services providers under federal legislation are emphasized. Learners with disabilities include learners with intellectual, sensory, health, and physical disabilities; learning and emotional disabilities; and communication and behavioral disabilities. Learners with learning differences include those who are English Language Learners or dialectical English speakers, those who are gifted, and those with specific risk factors. This course meets the requirement for Illinois House Bill 150.

EDGEL 418: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)

*10 field experience hours    
*Cross Ref: EDU 318
*Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course provides an investigation of theory, research and practice related to the teaching of reading, language arts and children's literature. It includes the study of language development; principles, methods and materials of literacy instruction including balanced reading, basal-reader, constructivist, and literature-based approaches; and selection and use of children's literature. 

EDGEL 421: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)

*Cross Ref: EDU 336
*Offered according to cohort schedule
The course focuses on the analysis of children's construction of mathematical knowledge and on mathematics as a meaningful activity. The use of word problems and manipulatives to aid in the understanding of operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents is stressed. Methods of teaching proportions, ratios, measurement, geometry and statistics are included. 

EDGSP 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)

*Prerequisite: EDGSP 520, 521, 522, 523, and 524
*Co-requisite: to be taken concurrent with student teaching; concurrent enrollment in EDGSP 530

*Offered according to cohort schedule
*Offered fall and spring semester as needed.
This course for student teachers includes a structured teaching performance assessment in the directed teaching site: an analysis of the contextual factors of the special education students' learning environment; alignment of teaching with the state learning standards; an appropriate assessment plan linked to learning goals; instruction designed for engaged, successful learning for all students' accommodations and  modifications to address learning needs; analysis and evaluation of students' learning; and oral and written reflection on all components of the teaching process.

EDUGL 470: Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)

This online course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to a number of important School of Education (SOE) policies and procedures they will need to know and understand as they prepare to become a professional educator. Each module in this online course will introduce teacher candidates to an important policy/procedure and the related tasks they will need to complete to move forward in your educational program. Policies/procedures that you will explore but are not limited to: VIRTUS training, Fingerprinting and Background Investigation, SOE Field Experiences, LiveText Accounts Program Specific E-Portfolios, Education Licensure Information System (ELIS), Safety Education and the SOE Professional Dispositions Support Model. 

EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)

*Cross Ref: All sections of 513  
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course initiates the graduate study research requirement. Course content differentiates the foundational assumptions, elements, methods and designs of educational research through both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. A statement of original research inquiry, a literature review and a plan for investigating a research problem are developed. 

EDGSP 520: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3)    

*15 field experience hours  
*Offered according to cohort schedule 
This course provides a study of cognitive, motor, behavioral and physical development, as well as etiologies and medical conditions related to a wide range of disabilities. Experiences with students with disabilities regarding their characteristics, learning needs, family needs, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, community integration, and vocational options are provided.

EDGSP 521: Foundations of Special Education (3) 

*field experience hours    
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course provides a study of philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education. Candidates investigate the progression of service delivery models from segregation to inclusive settings and the self-determination of persons with disabilities across the life span. 

EDGSP 522: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (3)    

*15 field experience hours    
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course provides investigation and development of adaptations for instruction,  communication and assessment for students with disabilities, and interaction with their families, paraprofessionals, colleagues, community members, and other service agencies. Candidates develop accommodations of multiple curriculum areas across the age range from preschool to 21.

EDGSP 523: Language Disorders and Instruction in Diverse Classrooms (3)    

*10 field experience hours    
*Offered according to cohort schedule 
This course provides a study of typical and atypical language development, including cultural influences, second-language acquisition, and the effects of sensory impairment. Included is the exploration of research-based language-intervention strategies and devices/systems across age and skill levels.

EDGSP 524: Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision-Making (3)

*20 field experience hours    
*Prerequisite: EDGSP 520
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course includes intensive theoretical and practical study of the instruments and processes used for nondiscriminatory evaluation of students with disabilities in the areas of academic, social and vocational function. Analysis of test construction, considerations of legal and ethical issues in the administration of specified tests and the interpretation of various scores, and Illinois Alternative Assessment are also discussed in this course. 

EDGSP 525: Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (6)

*25 field experience hours
*Prerequisites: EDGSP 520, 522, 524
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course provides an examination and implementation of research-based effective strategies and materials for teaching students with disabilities in the areas of academic, social and vocational function. Emphasis is on transfer and generalization in inclusive settings, including physical and academic prompts and adaptations. Focus is also on IEP development, responsive to Illinois learning standards and aligned with assessments, and inclusive of progress monitoring includin

EDGSP 526: Practicum: Students with Disabilities (3)  

*Prerequisites: EDGSP 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, and 525
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course includes observation of, participation with, and teaching of students with disabilities. Other topics include fulfilling responsibilities of practicing special educators, such as planning for instruction; using IEPs; implementing adaptations and accommodations of instruction aligned to Illinois learning standards and general education curriculum in academic, social and vocational areas; assessing student progress employing alternative assessment as appropriate; employing community resources and technology; and collaborating with parents and other professionals. 

EDGSP 530: Student Teaching: Students with Disabilities (6) 

*Prerequisites: EDGSP 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, and 525
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course includes observation of, participation with, and teaching of students with disabilities.  Other topics include fulfilling responsibilities of practicing special educators, such as planning for instruction; developing IEPs; implementing accommodations and modifications of instruction aligned to Illinois learning standards and general education curriculum in academic, social and vocational areas; assessing student progress employing alternative assessment as appropriate; employing community resources and technology; and collaborating with parents and other professionals. 

EDGSP 531: Behavior Management (3)

*10 field experience hours  
*Offered according to cohort schedule 
This course explores the research relevant to the behavior management of classrooms as a three-dimensional construct, including prevention of misbehavior through effective instructional design, addressing misbehavior through effective management techniques, and decreasing misbehavior through effective positive-behavior support plans. Recognition of age-appropriate and developmental needs of typical and atypical learners serves as a foundation. 

EDGSP 532: Individualized Positive Behavior Support Plans (3) 

*10 field experience hours
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course includes investigation of relevant legal and ethical issues regarding discipline of students with disabilities. Collaborative models of design and implementation and evaluation of positive-behavior support plans based on functional analysis of behavior is explored. 

EDGSP 533: Curriculum Development for Special Educators (3)   

*10 field experience hours
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course includes investigation of state and federal legislation, Illinois learning standards, general curriculum and curriculum materials from varied sources. Other course topics include development of curricula, employing learning styles research, bodies of knowledge from professional organizations of the disciplines, curriculum adaptation, collaboration models, instructional delivery, student advocacy, matching curricula to individual learners, technology, and case-by-case problem solving. 

EDGSP 534: Curriculum Evaluation and Collaborative Assessment for Special Educators (3) 

*10 field experience hours
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course provides an exploration of assessment strategies for systematic monitoring of student progress, curriculum appropriateness, alternative communication modes, alternative assessment use in the general education classroom, grading, error analysis, and instructional planning. The course also provides experience in peer coaching, team teaching, team assessing, and models for collaboration. 

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