Course : Teaching Strategies for Affective Disorders
- Course Number
- SPED 6013
- Section Number
- Fall 2021
- Dr. James Dennis Cavitt
- Days & Times
- Final Exam Day/Time
Specific learning objectives for the course derive from the Student Services Certificate Standards (Educational diagnostician), The Council for Exceptional Children Advanced Preparation Standards and Advanced Specialty Set: Educational Diagnostician Specialist, and the Texas SBEC standards/Test Frameworks. This course provides Graduate students with a knowledge base of the environment in which they may serve as an educational Diagnostician. Satisfactory completion of the course will document that students have demonstrated the ability to:
Identify and select appropriate assessment strategies and tools to assist in determining student learning. The educational diagnostician understands and applies knowledge of the purpose, philosophy and legal foundations of evaluation and special education.
1. Understand and apply knowledge of the purpose, philosophy and legal foundations of evaluation and special education. (TEXES Educational Diagnostician Standards Domain I, , etc.)
a. Recognizes and applies knowledge of the cognitive, academic, communicative, physical, social and emotional characteristics of individuals with disabilities, including those with different levels of severity and with multiple disabilities. (TEXES Educational Diagnostician Standards Domain I, Competency 001A,)
b. to access information on the cognitive, academic, communicative, physical, social and emotional characteristics of individuals with various disabilities. (TEXES Educational Diagnostician Standards Domain I, Competency 001B,)
c. Analyze the educational implications of various disabilities. (TEXES Educational Diagnostician Standards Domain I, Competency 001D,)
2. understand and apply knowledge of ethnic, cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic diversity and the significance of individual diversity for evaluation, planning and instruction.
a. Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the identification of disabilities in individuals from ethnically, culturally, linguistically and/or socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
b. Recognize how the ethnic, cultural and environmental background of students and their families, including linguistic and socioeconomic diversity, may affect evaluation, planning and instruction.
c. Demonstrate awareness of issues related to the representation in special education of populations that are culturally and linguistically diverse.
3. understand and apply knowledge of professional practices, roles and responsibilities and the philosophical, legal and ethical foundations of evaluation related to special education.
a. Apply knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations related to the roles and activities of the educational diagnostician, including the assessment and evaluation of individuals with educational needs.
b. Demonstrate knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians, schools, students, teachers and other professionals in relation to individual learning needs.
c. Know organizations and publications relevant to the field of educational diagnosis and demonstrates awareness of the importance of engaging in activities that foster professional competence and benefit individuals with exceptional learning needs, their families and/or colleagues.
4. Understand how the Special education specialists use their knowledge of general and specialized curricula to improve programs, supports, and services at classroom, school, community, and system levels. (CEC Advanced Preparation Standards 2.0)
5. demonstrate understanding of diversity and individual learning differences to inform the selection, development, and implementation of comprehensive curricula for individuals with exceptionalities. (CEC Advanced Preparation Standards 2.3)
6. Demonstrates how the Special education specialists use foundational knowledge of the field and professional ethical principles and practice standards to inform special education practice, engage in lifelong learning, advance the profession, and perform leadership responsibilities to promote the success of professional colleagues and individuals with exceptionalities.
7. Demonstrate high professional expectations and ethical practice, and create supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights and improve outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
Standard 1: Engaging in Professional Learning and Practice within Ethical Guidelines: Candidates practice within ethical and legal guidelines; advocate for improved outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families while considering their social, cultural, and linguistic diversity; and engage in ongoing self-reflection to design and implement professional learning activities.
Component 1.1: Candidates practice within ethical guidelines and legal policies and procedures. Component 1.2: Candidates advocate for improved outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families while addressing the unique needs of those with diverse social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.
Component 1.3: Candidates design and implement professional learning activities based on ongoing analysis of student learning; self-reflection; and professional standards, research, and contemporary practices.
Standard 2: Understanding and Addressing Each Individualâs Developmental and Learning Needs:
Candidates use their understanding of human growth and development, the multiple influences on development, individual differences, diversity, including exceptionalities, and families and communities to plan and implement inclusive learning environments and experiences that provide individuals with exceptionalities high quality learning experiences reflective of each individualâs strengths and needs.
Component 2.1: Candidates apply understanding of human growth and development to create developmentally appropriate and meaningful learning experiences that address individualized strengths and needs of students with exceptionalities.
Component 2.2: Candidates use their knowledge and understanding of diverse factors that influence development and learning, including differences related to families, languages, cultures, and communities, and individual differences, including exceptionalities, to plan and implement learning experiences and environments.
Standard 3: Demonstrating Subject Matter Content and Specialized Curricular Knowledge:
Candidates apply their understanding of the academic subject matter content of the general curriculum and specialized curricula to inform their programmatic and instructional decisions for learners with exceptionalities.
Component 3.1: Candidates apply their understanding of academic subject matter content of the general curriculum to inform their programmatic and instructional decisions for individuals with exceptionalities.
Component 3.2: Candidates augment the general education curriculum to address skills and strategies that students with disabilities need to access the core curriculum and function successfully within a variety of contexts as well as the continuum of placement options to assure specially designed instruction is developed and implemented to achieve mastery of curricular standards and individualized goals and objectives.
Standard 4: Using Assessment to Understand the Learner and the Learning Environment for Databased Decision Making:
Candidates assess studentsâ learning, behavior, and the classroom environment in order to evaluate and support classroom and school-based problem-solving systems of intervention and instruction. Candidates evaluate students to determine their strengths and needs, contribute to studentsâ eligibility determination, communicate studentsâ progress, inform short and long-term instructional planning, and make ongoing adjustments to instruction using technology as appropriate.
Component 4.1: Candidates collaboratively develop, select, administer, analyze, and interpret multiple measures of student learning, behavior, and the classroom environment to evaluate and support classroom and school-based systems of intervention for students with and without exceptionalities.
Component 4.2: Candidates develop, select, administer, and interpret multiple, formal and informal, culturally and linguistically appropriate measures and procedures that are valid and reliable to contribute to eligibility determination for special education services.
Component 4.3: Candidates assess, collaboratively analyze, interpret, and communicate studentsâ progress toward measurable outcomes using technology as appropriate, to inform both short- and long-term planning, and make ongoing adjustments to instruction.
Standard 5: Supporting Learning Using Effective Instruction Candidates use knowledge of individualsâ development, learning needs, and assessment data to inform decisions about effective instruction:
Candidates use explicit instructional strategies and employ strategies to promote active engagement and increased motivation to individualize instruction to support each individual. Candidates use whole group instruction, flexible grouping, small group instruction, and individual instruction. Candidates teach individuals to use meta-/cognitive strategies to support and self-regulate learning.
Component 5.1: Candidates use findings from multiple assessments, including student self-assessment, that are responsive to cultural and linguistic diversity and specialized as needed, to identify what students know and are able to do. They then interpret the assessment data to appropriately plan and guide instruction to meet rigorous academic and non-academic content and goals for each individual.
Component 5.2: Candidates use effective strategies to promote active student engagement, increase student motivation, increase opportunities to respond, and enhance selfâregulation of student learning.
Component 5.3: Candidates use explicit, systematic instruction to teach content, strategies, and skills to make clear what a learner needs to do or think about while learning.
Component 5.4: Candidates use flexible grouping to support the use of instruction that is adapted to meet the needs of each individual and group.
Component 5.5: Candidates organize and manage focused, intensive small group instruction to meet the learning needs of each individual.
Component 5.6: Candidates plan and deliver specialized, individualized instruction that is used to meet the learning needs of each individual.
Standard 6: Supporting Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Growth:
Candidates create and contribute to safe, respectful, and productive learning environments for individuals with exceptionalities through the use of effective routines and procedures and use a range of preventive and responsive practices to support social, emotional and educational well-being. They follow ethical and legal guidelines and work collaboratively with families and other professionals to conduct behavioral assessments for intervention and program development. Component 6.1: Candidates use effective routines and procedures toâ¯create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environmentsâ¯for individuals with exceptionalities. Component 6.2: Candidatesâ¯use a range of preventive and responsive practicesâ¯documented as effective to support individualsâ social, emotional, and educational well-being.
Component 6.3: Candidates systematically use data from a variety of sources to identify the purpose or function served by problem behavior to plan, implement, and evaluate behavioral interventions and social skills programs, including generalization to other environments.
Standard 7: Collaborating with Team Members:
Candidates apply team processes and communication strategies to collaborate in a culturally responsive manner with families, paraprofessionals, and other professionals within the school, other educational settings, and the community to plan programs and access services for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
Component 7.1: Candidates utilize communication, group facilitation, and problemâsolving strategies in a culturally responsive manner to lead effective meetings and share expertise and knowledge to build team capacity and jointly address studentsâ instructional and behavioral needs.
Component 7.2: Candidates collaborate, communicate, and coordinate with families, paraprofessionals, and other professionals within the educational setting to assess, plan, and implement effective programs and services that promote progress toward measurable outcomes for individuals with and without exceptionalities and their families.
Component 7.3: Candidates collaborate, communicate, and coordinate with professionals and agencies within the community to identify and access services, resources, and supports to meet the identified needs of individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
Component 7.4: Candidates work with and mentor paraprofessionals in the paraprofessionalsâ role of supporting the education of individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
Advanced Preparation Standard 1: Assessment:
1.0 Special education specialists use valid and reliable assessment practices to minimize bias. Key Elements:
1.1 Special education specialists minimize bias in assessment.
1.2 Special education specialists design and implement assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of practices and programs.
Advanced Preparation Standard 2: Curricular Content Knowledge:
2.0 Special education specialists use their knowledge of general and specialized curricula to improve programs, supports, and services at classroom, school, community, and system levels. Key Elements:
2.1 Special education specialists align educational standards to provide access to challenging curriculum to meet the needs of individuals with exceptionalities.
2.2 Special educators continuously broaden and deepen their professional knowledge and expand their expertise with instructional technologies, curriculum standards, effective teaching strategies, and assistive technologies to support access to and learning of challenging content.
2.3 Special education specialists use understanding of diversity and individual learning differences to inform the selection, development, and implementation of comprehensive curricula for individuals with exceptionalities.
Advanced Preparation Standard 3: Programs, Services, and Outcomes
3.0 Special education specialists facilitate the continuous improvement of general and special education programs, supports, and services at the classroom, school, and system levels for individuals with exceptionalities.
3.1 Special education specialists design and implement evaluation activities to improve programs, supports, and services for individuals with exceptionalities.
3.2 Special education specialists use understanding of cultural, social, and economic diversity and individual learner differences to inform the development and improvement of programs, supports, and services for individuals with exceptionalities.
3.3 Special education specialists apply knowledge of theories, evidence-based practices, and relevant laws to advocate for programs, supports, and services for individuals with exceptionalities.
3.4 Special education specialists use instructional and assistive technologies to improve programs, supports, and services for individuals with exceptionalities.
3.5 Special education specialists evaluate progress toward achieving the vision, mission, and goals of programs, services, and supports for individuals with exceptionalities.
Advanced Preparation Standard 4: Research and Inquiry:
4.0Special education specialists conduct, evaluate, and use inquiry to guide professional practice.
4.1 Special education specialists evaluate research and inquiry to identify effective practices.
4.2 Special education specialists use their knowledge of the professional literature to improve practices with individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
4.3 Special education specialists foster an environment that is supportive of continuous instructional improvement and engage in the design and implementation of research and inquiry.
Advanced Preparation Standard 5: Leadership and Policy:
5.0 Special education specialists provide leadership to formulate goals, set and meet high professional expectations, advocate for effective policies and evidence-based practices, and create positive and productive work environments.
5.1 Special education specialists model respect and ethical practice for all individuals and encourage challenging expectations for individuals with exceptionalities.
5.2 Special education specialists support and use linguistically and culturally responsive practices.
5.3 Special education specialists create and maintain collegial and productive work environments that respect and safeguard the rights of individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
5.4 Special education specialists advocate for policies and practices that improve programs, services, and outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.
5.5 Special education specialists advocate for the allocation of appropriate resources for the preparation and professional development of all personnel who serve individuals with exceptionalities.
Advanced Preparation Standard 6: Professional and Ethical Practice:
6.0 Special education specialists use foundational knowledge of the field and professional ethical principles and practice standards to inform special education practice, engage in lifelong learning, advance the profession, and perform leadership responsibilities to promote the success of professional colleagues and individuals with exceptionalities.
6.1 A comprehensive understanding of the history of special education, legal policies, ethical standards, and emerging issues informs special education specialist leadership.
6.2 Special education specialists model high professional expectations and ethical practice, and create supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights and improve outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
6.3 Special education specialists model and promote respect for all individuals and facilitate ethical professional practice.
6.4 Special education specialists actively participate in professional development and professional learning communities to increase professional knowledge and expertise.
6.5 Special education specialists plan, present, and evaluate professional development focusing on effective and ethical practice at all organizational levels.
6.6 Special education specialists actively facilitate and participate in the preparation and induction of prospective special educators.
6.7 Special education specialists actively promote the advancement of the profession
Advanced Preparation Standard 7: Collaboration:
7.0 Special education specialists collaborate with stakeholders to improve programs, services, and outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
7.1 Special education specialists use culturally responsive practices to enhance collaboration.
7.2 Special education specialists use collaborative skills to improve programs, services, and outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.
7.3 Special education specialists collaborate to promote understanding, resolve conflicts, and build consensus for improving programs, services, and outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.
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