Post-Master's Advanced Certification, Students with Disabilities

 

Fall start with Initial Certification 1-6

16 credits
Fall: 3 courses (9 credits) 2 nights per week
Spring: 3 courses (7 credits) 1 night per week plus Mon/Wed from 4-7pm for practicum

Course   Delivery Credits Term
ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education 7 weeks 3 fall
ESP 602 Strategies for Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities 7 weeks 3 fall
ESP 612 Educating Students with Mild to Moderate to Severe to Multiple Disabilities 15 weeks 3 fall
ESP 688P or
ESP 688J
Integrative Practicum I: 1st-3rd grade or
Integrative Practicum I: 4th-6th grade
7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 618 Assessing Children (Birth-6th grade) with Exceptionalities 7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 610 Integrative Practicum Seminar: Childhood   1 spring

 

Spring start with Initial Certification 1-6

16 credits
Fall: 3 courses (9 credits) 2 nights per week
Spring: 3 courses (7 credits) 1 night per week plus Mon/Wed from 4-7pm for practicum

Course   Delivery Credits Term
ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education 7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 602 Strategies for Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities 7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 612 Educating Students with Mild to Moderate to Severe to Multiple Disabilities 15 weeks 3 spring
ESP 688P or
ESP 688J
Integrative Practicum I: 1st-3rd grade or
Integrative Practicum I: 4th-6th grade
7 weeks 3 summer
ESP 618 Assessing Children (Birth-6th grade) with Exceptionalities 7 weeks 3 summer
ESP 610 Integrative Practicum Seminar: Childhood   1 summer

 

Fall start with Initial Certification 7-12 Generalist

16 credits
Fall: 3 courses (9 credits) 2 nights per week
Spring: 3 courses (7 credits) 1 night per week plus Mon/Wed from 4-7pm for practicum

Course   Delivery Credits Term
ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education 7 weeks 3 fall
ESP 602 Strategies for Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities 7 weeks 3 fall
ESP 612 Educating Students with Mild to Moderate to Severe to Multiple Disabilities 15 weeks 3 fall
ESP 688A or
ESP 688S
Integrative Practicum II: 7th-9th grade or
Integrative Practicum II: 9th-12th grade
7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 619 Assessing Children (grades 7-12) with Exceptionalities 7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 611 Integrative Practicum Seminar: Adolescent   1 spring

 

Spring start with Initial Certification 7-12 Generalist

16 credits
Fall: 3 courses (9 credits) 2 nights per week
Spring: 3 courses (7 credits) 1 night per week plus Mon/Wed from 4-7pm for practicum

Course   Delivery Credits Term
ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education 7 weeks 3 fall
ESP 602 Strategies for Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities 7 weeks 3 fall
ESP 612 Educating Students with Mild to Moderate to Severe to Multiple Disabilities 15 weeks 3 fall
ESP 688A or
ESP 688S
Integrative Practicum II: 7th-9th grade or
Integrative Practicum II: 9th-12th grade
7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 619 Assessing Children (grades 7-12) with Exceptionalities 7 weeks 3 spring
ESP 611 Integrative Practicum Seminar: Adolescent   1 spring

 

Course Descriptions

ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education
This course offers an examination of the historical, social, and legal foundations of special education. Emphasis will be placed on issues, trends, and legislation, which affect the provision of services in school, home, and community settings with a focus on inclusion of individuals with disabilities in home and school settings. An overview of the characteristics and instructional needs of individuals with disabilities will be provided for elementary and middle school settings. Provided, is an overview of the characteristics and instructional needs of individuals with all exceptionalities (including Autistic Spectrum Disorders) identified in the present federal educational disability related legislation. The impact of diversity and assistive technology services of persons with special needs in the school will also be addressed.
 
ESP 602 Behavioral Strategies for Working with Students with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment
This course is intended to help teachers understand the assessment of and intervention for students with emotional and behavioral disorders with an emphasis on elementary and middle school settings. Theoretical and practical applications of behavioral analysis will be included with stress placed on the prevention of behavior problems while supporting the development of independence and positive social interaction skills. This course will also focus on identifying, recording, evaluating, and effecting positive change in the social and academic behaviors of students with special needs in elementary and middle schools through the process of behaviorally-based instruction, functional behavioral assessments, and the development of behavior support plans. The impact of diversity and assistive technology services of persons with special needs in the school will also be addressed. The impact of culture and individual values on the assessment, perception, and response to students with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families will also be carefully considered.
 
ESP 610 Integrative Practicum Seminars: Childhood
This course engages prospective special educators in a seminar process to share, analyze, and extend their professional experiences to include collaboration with professionals and parents and the development of co-teaching relationships in the school setting with attention to the elementary classroom. Support will also be given towards the development of individual systems of self reflection and evaluation while working to refine teaching experiences and skills through group analysis to improve instruction and guide professional growth. One credit hour. Offered every semester.
 
ESP 611 Integrative Practicum Seminars: Middle Childhood
This course engages prospective special educators in a seminar process to share, analyze, and extend their professional experiences to include collaboration with professionals and parents and the development of co-teaching relationships in the school setting with attention to the middle school classroom. Support will also be given towards the development of individual systems of self reflection and evaluation while working to refine teaching experiences and skills through group analysis to improve instruction and guide professional growth. One credit hour. Offered every semester.
 
ESP 612 Educating Students with Mild and Moderate to Severe and Multiple Disabilities
This course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to select, adapt, and sequence instructional methods and materials for a range of elementary and middle school students with higher incidence developmental disabilities and severe & multiple disabilities. The development of differentiated instructional methodologies in the content areas (Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies) along with group instructional procedures will be examined. Emphasis will also be placed on the integration of general education and special education methodologies along with the development of learning communities, curricular adaptation, access to the general curriculum, functional skill objectives, and community-based instruction. It also examines the issues and trends related to development and implementation of community-based educational, recreational, work and living options and supports. Content related to issues relevant to the student’s cultural and social background in the identification of disability, developmental delay and the development of individual educational objectives will be examined. Topics related to person-centered planning, family involvement, medical concerns as relevant to the classroom, advocacy and assistive technology services of children with special needs in the school will also be addressed. Included will be IEP development and relevant legal and service mandates as per IDEA and ADA. A minimum of 10 participation hours is required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ESP 600. Offered Fall, Spring.
 
ESP 618 Assessing Children (1st-6th Grade) with Exceptionalities
The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and develop skills in assessment, diagnosis and remediation of children with special needs from birth through middle childhood. The class will emphasize an individualized, culturally competent approach to assessment that identify children’s’ strengths and weaknesses. Students will demonstrate understanding of assessment tools and procedures, the referral process, identification, and instructional phases of program planning for children with special needs from birth through middle childhood education,. There will be additional focus on specific educational assessment methods and procedures used for students with disabilities to include those with culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds and students needing assistive technology. A minimum of 15 participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Offered Spring, Summer.
 
ESP 619 Assessing Children (7th-12th Grade) with Exceptionalities
The purpose of this course is designed to investigate and develop skills in assessment, diagnosis and remediation of children with disabilities in grades 7-12. Students will learn program planning with an emphasis on individualized and culturally competent approaches to assessment. Students will learn the process of identification, referral and assessment procedures used for the adolescent child in grades 7-12. There will be specific focus on educational assessments geared for transitions from school to adult and programming that meets the needs of children and their families. The appropriate use of assistive technology, modifications and accommodations as it relates to assessment will also be covered. A minimum of 15 participation hours are required. Three Credit hours. Prerequisites: ESP 600, ESP 612. Offered Spring, Summer.
 
ESP 688P Integrative Practicum I: 1st-3rd Grade
This course provides students seeking Students with Disabilities certification (1st-3rd grade) with experience in educating children who have been identified as needing special education services. Students will demonstrate their ability to provide differentiated instruction and apply appropriate teaching strategies that meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. Students will gain experience in administering assessments, developing IFSP/IEP’s/504 plans and planning and delivering instruction in a tutorial setting. Students will prepare reports for shared collaboration with parents and other professionals directly involved with the child’s educational progress. Through involvement in the practicum, students will acquire a realistic perspective of special education and develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes needed for entry into Students with Disabilities educator positions. Three credit hours. Offered every semester.
 
ESP 688J Integrative Practicum I: 4th-6th Grade
This course provides students seeking Students with Disabilities certification (4th-6th grade) with experience in educating children who have been identified as needing special education services. Students will demonstrate their ability to provide differentiated instruction and apply appropriate teaching strategies that meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. Students will gain experience in administering assessments, developing IFSP/IEP’s/504 plans and planning and delivering instruction in a tutorial setting. Students will prepare reports for shared collaboration with parents and other professionals directly involved with the child’s educational progress. Through involvement in the practicum, students will acquire a realistic perspective of special education and develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes needed for entry into Students with Disabilities educator. Three credit hours. Offered every semester.
 
ESP 689A Integrative Practicum II: 7th-9th Grade
This course provides students seeking Students with Disabilities (7th – 9th grade) with experience in educating children who have been identified as needing special education services. Students will demonstrate their ability to provide differentiated instruction and apply appropriate teaching strategies that meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. Students will gain experience in administering assessments, developing IEP’s/504 plans and planning and delivering instruction in a tutorial setting. Students will prepare reports for shared collaboration with parents and other professionals directly involved with the child’s educational progress. Through involvement in the practicum, students will acquire a realistic perspective of special education and develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes needed for entry into Students with Disabilities educator positions. Three credit hours. Offered every summer.
 
ESP 689S Integrative Practicum II: 10th-12th Grade
This course provides students seeking Students with Disabilities educator certification (10th – 12th grade) with experience in educating children who have been identified as needing special education services. Students will demonstrate their ability to provide differentiated instruction and apply appropriate teaching strategies that meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. Students will gain experience in administering assessments, developing IEP’s/504 plans and planning and delivering instruction in a tutorial setting. Students will prepare reports for shared collaboration with parents and other professionals directly involved with the child’s educational progress. Through involvement in the practicum, students will acquire a realistic perspective of special education and develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes needed for entry into Students with Disabilities educator positions. Three credit hours. Offered every summer.
 

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