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Course : Exceptional Individuals-Graduate

Course Number
SPED 5013
Section Number
Spring 2022
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, May 04, 2022 12:01 am - 11:59 pm

Course Description

A study of the etiology and concepts relating to exceptional individuals.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Course Competencies

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.

Students must log onto course D2L at least 2 times per week.

Extra Credit

I do not offer extra credit in this course.

Late Work 

The official policy for this class is that NO late work is accepted. However, I do understand that life events can throw you a curve ball. Therefore, if you see that you will be having difficulty turning your work in by the deadline, you MUST contact me and I will determine what extension will be provided. Often it is an additional 5 days and there will be a late grade consequence. The consequence is that the best grade you can receive would be 70% of the maximum points (i.e. if an assignment is worth 10 points, the maximum grade you could receive is 7 points). If you do not submit the assignment by the extended time you will receive a 0 for the assignment.

Make-Up Work/Tests

Make-up work is determined on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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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.

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