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Multicategorical Special Education

Course Descriptions

EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
Five hours of field experience
Cross Reference: EDU 323
This course explores the characteristics and learning needs of exceptional learners and regular classroom modifications necessary for these learners. The responsibilities of teachers under federal legislation are emphasized. Course includes examination of research and pedagogy related to this area of education. Learners with special needs include students with mental retardation, gifted, learning disabilities, physical health impairments, communication disorders, behavior disorders, vision or hearing impairment, varied cultural backgrounds and specific risk factors. This course meets the requirement for Illinois House Bill 150. Offered every semester.

EDGEL 418: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)    
Cross Reference: EDU 318
Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program
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 basal reader, constructivist, literature-based learning; selection and use of children's literature. Offered According to cohort schedule.

EDGEL 421: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)    
Cross Reference: EDU 336
This course consists of classroom and field experiences. 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. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 470: Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)    
All students entering a teacher certification program in the School of Education are required to participate in a weekend session of the Orientation to the Profession of Teaching.  During the orientation, teacher candidates become familiar with the policies required for state teacher certification and procedures set forth by the School of Education to meet such policies.  The orientation includes but is not limited to a criminal history fingerprint check, VIRTUS training, the disposition workshop, a practice assessment of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), LiveText training, and an introduction to the requirements for teacher certification. Offered every semester.

EDGSP/EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)
Cross Reference: all sections of 513  
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. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 520: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3)    
Fifteen hours of field experience
This course provides a study of cognitive, motor, behavioral and physical development, as well as etiologies and medical conditions. Experiences with students with disabilities regarding their characteristics, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, community integration, and vocational options. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGSP 521: Foundations of Special Education (3)    
Five hours of field experience
This course provides a study of philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education. Investigation of the progression of service delivery models from segregation to inclusive settings and the self-determination of persons with disabilities across the life span. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGSP 522: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (3)    
Fifteen hours of field experience
This course provides investigation and development of adaptations for communication and interaction with students with disabilities, their families, paraprofessionals, colleagues, community members and other service agencies. Development of accommodations of multiple curriculum areas across the age range from preschool to 21. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGSP 523: Language Disorders and Instruction in Diverse Classrooms (3)    
Ten hours of field experience
Cross Reference: EDGSP 554

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)    
Twenty hours of field experience
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 is also discussed in this course. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGSP 525: Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (6)    
Twenty-five hours of field experience
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 indicative of assessments including Illinois Alternative Assessment. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGSP 526: Practicum: Students with Disabilities (3)    
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 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 collaborating with parents and other professionals. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 530: Student Teaching: Students with Disabilities (6)    
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; constructing IEPs; implementing adaptations and accommodations of 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 collaborating with parents and other professionals. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 531: Behavior Management (3)
10 field experience hours   
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. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 532: Individualized Positive Behavior Support Plans (3)    
Ten field experience hours
This course includes investigation of relevant legal and ethical issues regarding discipline of students with disabilities. Collaborative models of design, implementation and evaluation of positive-behavior support plans based on functional analysis of behavior. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 533: Curriculum Development for Special Educators (3)    
Ten field experience hours
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. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSP 534: Curriculum Evaluation and Collaborative Assessment for Special Educators (3)    
Ten field experience hours
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. Course also provides experience in peer coaching, team teaching, team assessing and models for collaboration. Offered according to cohort schedule.

 

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