EDUC 2060 - Introduction to Special Education Professional Practices
Course Description: This course introduces students to the legal and ethical foundations of special education, examining the policies, practices, and programs associated with being a Special Education teacher. This class is a requirement in the Minnesota State Special Education Transfer Pathway AS degree and meets Board of Teaching standards.
Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of C or higher.
1. Foundations of SPED
- Standards of effective practice
2. Components of the Educational System
- Grade-Level (general education)
- Prevention efforts/early intervention
- Intervening services
- Title I
- English language learners (ELL)
- Section 504 accommodations
- Gifted education
3. Role/responsibility of SPED
- Individualized planning and programming
4. Parent and Family Involvement
- Parent-professional relationships
- A Family Systems Approach
- Disability and impact on family unit
5. Overview of intersection of legal, judicial, medical, and educational systems
- Key litigation and legislation
- Least restrictive learning environment (LRE)
- Exceptionalities with medical diagnosis and treatment
6. Emerging practices relevant to SPED
- Access and evaluate research relevant to the field of SPED
- Professional reflection to newly acquired knowledge
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- explain student rights and teacher responsibilities to equal education, appropriate education for students with disabilities, confidentiality, and privacy.
- explain the role of the special education system that provides free appropriate public education to eligible students qualifying under IDEA..
- identify the relationship of special education to other components of the education system, including access to grade-level content standards, prevention efforts and early intervening services.
- explain the historical and philosophical foundations, legal bases, ethical principles, and standards of professional practice pertaining to the education of individuals with disabilities.
- analyze the importance and utility of parent involvement in student academic achievement, and the implications for the provision of educational services.
- explain the legal, judicial, medical, and educational systems, their specialized terminologies, and implications in serving students with disabilities.
- explain the roles and organizational structures of general and special education.
- evaluate information, research, and emerging practices relevant to the field of special education from consumer and professional organizations, peer-reviewed journals, and other publications.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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