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Special Education


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

EDGSP 403

Introduction to the Special Education edTPA

0 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520, EDGSP-521, EDGSP-522, EDGSP-523, and EDGSP-524

Candidates will complete practice exercises for Task 1, Planning for Instruction; Task 2, Instructing and Engaging the Focus Learner; and Task 3, Assessing Learning. Practice activities will include responding to prompts that use key edTPA vocabulary and reflecting on edTPA requirements and rubrics. *This course will be delivered online via CANVAS.

EDGSP 413

Survey of Students With Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher

3 credit hours

This course explores the characteristics and learning needs as well as effective methods for teaching, assessing, and accommodating students with disabilities and other learning differences. The responsibilities of teachers and related service providers under federal legislation are emphasized. Learners with disabilities include learners with intellectual, sensory, health, and physical disabilities; learning and emotional disabilities; and communication and behavioral disabilities. Learners with learning differences include those who are English Language Learners or dialectical English speakers, those who are gifted, and those with specific risk factors. This course meets the requirement for Illinois House Bill 150. 5 clinical hours.

EDGSP 418

Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDUGL-418

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.

EDGSP 421

Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

3 credit hours

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 445

Seminar in Teaching and Learning

0 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520, EDGSP-521, EDGSP-522, EDGSP-523, and EDGSP-524 and E: EDGSP-530 (RQ)

This course for student teachers includes a structured teaching performance assessment in the directed teaching site: an analysis of the contextual factors of the special education students' learning environment; alignment of teaching with the state learning standards; an appropriate assessment plan linked to learning goals; instruction designed for engaged, successful learning for all students' accommodations and modifications to address learning needs; analysis and evaluation of students' learning; and oral and written reflection on all components of the teaching process.

EDGSP 520

Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

3 credit hours

This course provides a study of cognitive, motor, behavioral and physical development, as well as etiologies and medical conditions related to a wide range of disabilities. Experiences with students with disabilities regarding their characteristics, learning needs, family needs, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, community integration, and vocational options are provided. 15 clinical hours.

EDGSP 521

Foundations of Special Education

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520

This course provides a study of philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education. Candidates investigate the progression of service delivery models from segregation to inclusive settings and the self-determination of persons with disabilities across the life span. 5 clinical hours.

EDGSP 522

Adaptations and Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520

This course provides investigation and development of adaptations for instruction, communication and assessment for students with disabilities, and interaction with their families, paraprofessionals, colleagues, community members, and other service agencies. Candidates develop accommodations of multiple curriculum areas across the age range from preschool to 21. 15 clinical hours.

EDGSP 523

Language Disorders and Instruction in Diverse Classrooms

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520

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. 10 clinical hours.

EDGSP 524

Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision-Making

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520

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, and Illinois Alternative Assessment are also discussed in this course. 20 clinical hours.

EDGSP 525

Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities

6 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520, EDGSP-524

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 aligned with assessments, and inclusive of progress monitoring. 25 clinical hours.

EDGSP 526

Practicum: Students With Disabilities

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520, EDGSP-521, EDGSP-522, EDGSP-523, EDGSP-524, and EDGSP-525

This course includes observation of, participation with, and teaching of students with disabilities. Other activities include fulfilling responsibilities of practicing special educators, such as planning for instruction; using IEPs; implementing adaptations and accommodations of instruction aligned to 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 technology; and collaborating with parents and other professionals.

EDGSP 530

Student Teaching: Students with Disabilities

6 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGSP-520, EDGSP-521, EDGSP-522, EDGSP-523, EDGSP-524, and EDGSP-525 and C: EDGSP-445 (RQ)

This course includes observation of, participation with, and teaching of students with disabilities. Other activities include fulfilling responsibilities of practicing special educators, such as planning for instruction; developing IEPs; implementing accommodations and modifications of instruction aligned to 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 technology; and collaborating with parents and other professionals.

EDGSP 531

Behavior Management

3 credit 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 serves as a foundation. 10 clinical hours.

EDGSP 532

Individualized Positive Behavior Support Plans

3 credit hours

This course includes investigation of relevant legal and ethical issues regarding discipline of students with disabilities. Collaborative models of design and implementation and evaluation of positive-behavior support plans based on functional analysis of behavior is explored. 10 clinical hours.

EDGSP 533

Curriculum Development for Special Educators

3 credit 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. 10 clinical hours.

EDGSP 534

Curriculum Evaluation and Collaborative Assessment for Special Educators

3 credit 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. The course also provides experience in peer coaching, team teaching, team assessing, and models for collaboration. 10 clinical hours.