Wilkes University

Special Education

EDSP-501. Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience

Credits: 3

This course addresses the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized management, instructional, curricular, and environmental strategies and adaptations for students with special needs. Pedagogical recommendations and research based effective teaching practices are reinforced from prerequisite courses. Emphasis is placed on a needs based model incorporating the cognitive, language, attentional, affective, physical, and sensory needs of higher incident populations (learning disabilities, mild mental retardation, speech disorders, and behavioral challenges) within included settings, resource room, segregated and learning support environment. A 20 hour field experience component facilitates direct interaction with special needs learners, supplemented by cooperative discussions of experiential applications to course content.

EDSP-502. Special Education Methodology II with Field Experience

Credits: 3

This course addresses the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized management, instructional, curricular, and environmental strategies and adaptations for students with special needs. Pedagogical recommendations and research based effective teaching practices are reinforced from prerequisite courses. Emphasis is placed on a needs based model incorporating the cognitive, language, attentional, affective, physical, and sensory needs of lower incident populations (multiple disabilities, hearing/vision impairments, orthopedic and health conditions) within included settings, resource room, learning support, and segregated environments. A 20 hour field experience component facilitates direct interaction with special needs learners, supplemented by cooperative discussions of experiential applications to content.

EDSP-503. Behavioral Management with Field Experience

Credits: 3

This course will assist preservice teachers in developing a working framework of social, behavioral, environmental, individualized, and collective management techniques. Techniques practiced in the course will focus on approaches for classroom organization, constructive discipline, and proactive responses to intervention, including applied behavior analysis and functional behavioral assessments. A 20 hour field experience component facilitates direct interaction with special needs learners, supplemented by cooperative discussions of experiential applications to course content.

EDSP-504. Assessment in Special Education

Credits: 3

This course will provide direct experience with selecting, administering, and interpreting formal and informal assessment measures for analysis of student learning profiles. Assessments will include ecological inventories, norm-referenced, performance-based and curriculum-based testing standardized achievement and intelligence measures, and vocation/transition-related evaluations. Cooperative discussions will focus on instructional decision-making based upon student learning profiles.

EDSP-505. Effective Practices in Special Education

Credits: 3

This course focuses on models of effective, research-based special education teaching practices in literacy and content areas as well as universal design and differentiation for students with diverse needs and disabilities in a variety of academic settings. Emphasis will be placed on language, literacy, technologies, and transition processes.

EDSP-506. Internship in Special Education

Credits: 3

This course is the culminating activity for the Special Education Certification program. In the course, candidates work with a special education certified teacher and their respective professor/supervisor as they experience opportunities to apply knowledge gained in the previous EDSP courses (EDSP 501, EDSP-502, EDSP-503, EDSP-504, and EDSP-505. The internship requires 100 hours/6 weeks including direct teaching, related meetings, preparation and paperwork as well as designated Wilkes class-time. Examples of activities students will be involved in include (but are not limited to): a needs assessment for special education students, experience with IEPs, construction of an instructional segment, delivery of instruction, parent and staff meetings, conducting classroom based assessments and identification of appropriate instructional materials. Note: The Internship must be taken as the final EDSP course or in conjunction with the final EDSP course.


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