Instructional Strategist online endorsement

Instructional Strategist I Endorsement

credits 21 | cost/credit $325 | completion just over 1 year (3 to 4 semesters)

Earn your special education endorsement online.  The Instructional Strategist curriculum prepares regular-license teachers to educate and inspire students with disabilities in a wide range of teaching and administrative roles. Learn through hands-on experiences that teach assessment, instructional strategies and evidence-based practices for teaching students with special needs or disabilities. Choose Instructional Strategist I or Instructional Strategist II.  It's more than a lane change. 

Instructional Strategist I  prepares you to recognize and understand disabilities in students of various ages as well as the psychological factors that affect these students. You'll learn about transitional collaboration, effective teaching strategies, and ways to create meaningful learning experiences for students in grades K-8 or 5-12.

*If you are not teaching in the state of Iowa, contact us and we will check with your state's department of education to determine if NWC's Instructional Strategist I endorsement is comparable to and can be substituted for a certification in your state.   


100% online. 8-week courses. Go at your pace.

Earning an endorsement will broaden your teaching opportunities, and it doesn't have to cost you time away from your other responsibilities. Northwestern College's online endorsements mean you can take classes and complete your coursework whenever it's most convenient for you.

Take one online 8-week class at a time, completing two classes each semester, and you'll finish your endorsement in just over 1 year and be eligible for financial aid. 


Program Requirements

Student Teaching

The Instructional Strategist I and II endorsements require student-teaching hours logged in a classroom with a supervising teacher. Student teaching can be completed in 15 days, typically in your own school!

Instructional Strategist I K-8

Courses

SPED 516 - Foundations of Special Education
The purpose of this course is to help future educators develop skills for recognizing and effectively teaching students with various exceptionalities. Broad areas to be covered in this course are areas of exceptionalities, major trends and issues in special education with emphases on collaboration and inclusion, service delivery models, roles of general and special class teachers, individual education programs, and family and community involvement. (3 credits)
SPED 518 - Characteristics of Disabilities
This course will provide a survey of characteristics and educational needs of students with disabilities. Attention will be given to the definition, etiology, characteristics and various educational alternatives for each of the exceptionalities. Students will learn to design instructional programs for success by building on the abilities, strengths, and interests of exceptional students by using highly effective, research-based practices to promote student achievement. (3 credits)
SPED 520 - Assessment Planning and Practice
This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the complex issue of assessment, including an examination of evaluation procedures, from pre-referral intervention, eligibility/placement/program decision-making to progress monitoring of research-based instructional interventions based on Response to Intervention (RTI). Students will examine a variety of formal and informal instruments and techniques used in assessing the strengths, needs, interests, and preferences of children and youth with exceptional learning needs. The focus is placed on providing students with knowledge and skills necessary for selecting, using, interpreting, and evaluating results from measurement and/or screening instruments and techniques commonly employed by professionals to facilitate special education placement, Individual Education Program (IEP) development and evaluation of the effectiveness of that instruction using progress-monitoring techniques. Issues in assessment and instruction concerning multicultural and bilingual special education will also be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 522 - Methods and Strategies for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (K-12)
This course provides the learner with knowledge and skills in assessing, planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on knowledge of the student, the intended student outcomes, and the curriculum. The course focuses on students with mild to moderate disabilities, including students with disabilities from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Topics include student characteristics, linking assessment with instruction, research-based methods and strategies, curriculum standards, accommodations, modifications, and the use of technology, including assistive technology devices and services, to support student access to the general education curriculum. (3 credits)
SPED 545 - Behavioral and Social Interventions
In this course students will learn about the basic principles of learning that govern human behavior as well as how these principles can be applied in the classroom to help individuals with exceptional learning needs reach their maximum potential. Students will also learn how to measure and analyze student behavior in order to evaluate student learning and make necessary adjustment to teaching strategies for individuals with exceptional learning needs. (3 credits)
SPED 550 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships and Transitions
This course will prepare special education personnel, classroom teachers, related services personnel, and other support staff for collaborative consultation, teamwork and transition in serving the educational needs of students and their families. Consideration of the role of home and parents in the educational programming for exceptional children, and practical to positive strategies that can be used in working with parents. The context, content, processes, practices, and support of collaborative school consultation will be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 547 - Special Education Practicum: K-8
Endorsement #260 candidates will complete a supervised student teaching experience in a Special Education setting. This practicum endorses the student teacher to become a teacher in a mild and moderate special education program for children from K to eighth grade by preparing the student to schedule, evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs, and develop strategies to address special needs of children. This is 15 day experience with time spent in both a K-5 and 6-8 setting. (3 credits) (Graded on a pass/no pass basis.)

Total Credits: 21 credit hours

Instructional Strategist I 5-12

Courses

SPED 516 - Foundations of Special Education
The purpose of this course is to help future educators develop skills for recognizing and effectively teaching students with various exceptionalities. Broad areas to be covered in this course are areas of exceptionalities, major trends and issues in special education with emphases on collaboration and inclusion, service delivery models, roles of general and special class teachers, individual education programs, and family and community involvement. (3 credits)
SPED 518 - Characteristics of Disabilities
This course will provide a survey of characteristics and educational needs of students with disabilities. Attention will be given to the definition, etiology, characteristics and various educational alternatives for each of the exceptionalities. Students will learn to design instructional programs for success by building on the abilities, strengths, and interests of exceptional students by using highly effective, research-based practices to promote student achievement. (3 credits)
SPED 520 - Assessment Planning and Practice
This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the complex issue of assessment, including an examination of evaluation procedures, from pre-referral intervention, eligibility/placement/program decision-making to progress monitoring of research-based instructional interventions based on Response to Intervention (RTI). Students will examine a variety of formal and informal instruments and techniques used in assessing the strengths, needs, interests, and preferences of children and youth with exceptional learning needs. The focus is placed on providing students with knowledge and skills necessary for selecting, using, interpreting, and evaluating results from measurement and/or screening instruments and techniques commonly employed by professionals to facilitate special education placement, Individual Education Program (IEP) development and evaluation of the effectiveness of that instruction using progress-monitoring techniques. Issues in assessment and instruction concerning multicultural and bilingual special education will also be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 522 - Methods and Strategies for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (K-12)
This course provides the learner with knowledge and skills in assessing, planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on knowledge of the student, the intended student outcomes, and the curriculum. The course focuses on students with mild to moderate disabilities, including students with disabilities from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Topics include student characteristics, linking assessment with instruction, research-based methods and strategies, curriculum standards, accommodations, modifications, and the use of technology, including assistive technology devices and services, to support student access to the general education curriculum. (3 credits)
SPED 545 - Behavioral and Social Interventions
In this course students will learn about the basic principles of learning that govern human behavior as well as how these principles can be applied in the classroom to help individuals with exceptional learning needs reach their maximum potential. Students will also learn how to measure and analyze student behavior in order to evaluate student learning and make necessary adjustment to teaching strategies for individuals with exceptional learning needs. (3 credits)
SPED 550 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships and Transitions
This course will prepare special education personnel, classroom teachers, related services personnel, and other support staff for collaborative consultation, teamwork and transition in serving the educational needs of students and their families. Consideration of the role of home and parents in the educational programming for exceptional children, and practical to positive strategies that can be used in working with parents. The context, content, processes, practices, and support of collaborative school consultation will be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 548 - Special Education Practicum: 5-12
Endorsement #261 candidates will complete a supervised student teaching experience in a Special Education setting. This practicum endorses the student teacher to become a teacher in a mild and moderate special education program for children from 5 - 12 grade by preparing the student to schedule, evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs, and develop strategies to address special needs of children. This is a 15-day experience with time spent in both a 5-8 and 9-12 setting. (3 credits) (Graded on a pass/no pass basis.)

Total Credits: 21 credit hours

After earning your Instructional Strategist Endorsement I or II, you can easily count your endorsement credits toward completing your M.Ed. in Special Education, here's how

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