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Course : SPED 3613 Exceptional Individuals

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2021
Bridwell Hall, BH 109
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Sunday, April 25, 2021 12:00 am
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The candidate will meet the following Texas Educator Standards for special educators. These are aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) knowledge and skills standards as they apply to students with disabilities.


Professional Knowledge , Roles, & Responsibilities Cluster


Cluster & Competency


Professional Knowledge , Roles, & Responsibilities Cluster


 Major legislation and current issues related to knowledge and practice


Continuum of placement and services available for individuals with disabilities


 Disability services, networks, organizations, & publications


Access information on exceptionalities


Maintain confidentiality


SPED teacher’s Collaborative/Consultative role


Concerns of families of students w/disabilities & ways to address concerns


Barriers to accessibility & acceptance


Importance of teacher’s role modeling


Establish and maintain rapport w/students with disabilities


Adapt physical environment to promote learning for students with disabilities


Design, establish, & manage routines


Demands of learning environments


Prevention & intervention strategies for at-risk learners


Relate levels of support to individual needs


Sources of specialized materials, curricula, & resources


Use research-supported methods


Select and use specialized strategies appropriate to individual needs and abilities


Use appropriate adaptations & technology


Similarities & differences between students with and without special needs


Similarities & differences among students with special needs


Differing ways of learning among students with special needs


Impact of disabilities on auditory & information processing skills


Effects a disability can have on a person’s life


Educational implications of disabilities


Effects of medication on individuals


Learn and respond appropriately to diverse needs in shaping the campus culture


Develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students based on relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learners’ needs, and schools and interactive, social, and cultural systems.





1. Dyslexia Training (TEA Requirement), (due 4/5/21)

2. Accommodated Lesson Plan (due 4/5/21)

3. Text Activities (there will be 10 activities posted consisting over the assigned chapter (s) consisting of short quiz and turning in a supporting resource for topic. 

4. Midterm Project (due March 5). The information required for this assignment will be materials that is covered in the first 7-8 weeks of class class. You are required to a) summarize lecture either in one 500 word essay or rewrite lecture notes you took in class AND b) briefly describe 5 things you learned, and c) how you might use this information now or in the future.

5. Final Project (due April 23). The information required for this assignment will be materials that is covered in the second 7-8 weeks of class. You are required to a) summarize lecture either in one 500 word essay or rewrite lecture notes you took in class AND b) briefly describe 5 things you learned, and c) how you might use this information now or in the future.

6.Final Textbook Exam-MC exam on D2L. 




Dyslexia Training


Accommodated Lesson Plan (Key Assessment)


Text Activities D2L (outside class) 


Midterm Project (live)


Final Project (live)


Final Text Book Exam





Table 2: Total points for final grade.















You are expected to be in class on time and ready to learn for your assigned day. If you miss more than two classes without sufficient reason you may be dropped at instructor discretion. Communication with me is the key. 

with prior arrangements 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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