Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate Secondary Endorsement (Special Education)

Requires the completion of the secondary education endorsement and a secondary academic major. This endorsement authorizes instruction in all secondary mild and moderate instructional special education programs.


EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special education up to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with diverse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 235 - Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
(3 credits) This course will include various causes of mild and moderate disabilities, an overview of current trends in educational programming for mild and moderate disabilities, educational alternatives and related services, and the importance of the multidisciplinary team in providing more appropriate educational programming. Prerequisite: EDU206.
EDU 309 - Transition for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the job opportunities and training for the adolescent mentally disabled student.Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.
EDU 314 - Working with Parents
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course examines the theories and knowledge of dynamic roles and relationships within and between families, schools and communities and how they can influence and support learning. Candidates will engage in intentional practices that value diversity and demonstrate understanding in how language, culture and family background can impact development. In addition, candidates will also learn to recognize how children are best understood in the context of family and how linguistic diversity, biological and environmental factors, and family strengths can influence development and learning at all stages of life. Prerequisite: EDU206.
EDU 315 - Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction
(2 credits) This course is designed to provide an overview of various models for classroom and behavior management. The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical dimensions of behavior and social concerns. Note: This course includes a 10 hour field experience. Prerequisite: EDU206.
EDU 318 - Diagnostic Assessment, Teaching and Evaluation of Special Education Students
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study in the purposes, procedures and issues related to screening, testing and evaluation of special needs students. The course will include a study of diagnostic instruments used by the profession. Prerequisite: EDU206.
EDU 319 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships for Special Educators
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course examines how successful early childhood education depends upon reciprocal and respectful partnerships with families, communities and agencies. Candidates will understand the dynamic roles within and between families, schools and communities and how to create a community of support for children and families through interagency collaboration. Candidates will learn how to collaborate with supervisors, mentors and colleagues to enhance professional growth within and across disciplines to inform practice and to advocate for developmentally and individually appropriate practice. Utilizing collaborative partnerships, candidates will learn how to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments that engage learners in meaningful activities and interactions. Prerequisite: EDU206.
EDU 337 - Methods of Working with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities at the Secondary Level
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to develop and implement specially designed instruction as well as appropriate accommodations and modifications to address students' exceptional learning needs at the elementary and secondary levels. Pre-service teachers will also learn how to select and implement curricula materials; identify technology and assistive technology that aligns with student needs; and develop and refine skills in IEP writing. Note: This course includes a clinical experience. Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.
EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
No course description available.
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
No course description available.
EDU 428 - Secondary Special Education Student Teaching
(4-8 credits) This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction of a secondary special education classroom for 4-8 weeks while under the supervision of a licensed, qualified teacher. Exact number of weeks/credits required will be determined by student teacher coordinator and department chair. Candidates will draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions in planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessed throughout the education program. Candidates are expected to model "Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society in diverse classroom settings. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towards licensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensure recommendation from department.

Total credits required: 31-35