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Undergraduate Special Education Program

 


Spring 2013 - Program Rating - Instructional Design for Special Education - Earned Score 2 stars

The central feature of accommodations with students with high incidents of special needs is a design of instruction that allows them to access the general education curriculum.  Preparation for special education teacher candidates must contain sufficient instruction and practice on the minor modifications, major adaptations or major enhancements to the curriculum that will allow students with special needs to learn access content in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The program only partly satisfies this standard because while it requires several courses (or the equivalent) with a strong focus on instructional design in a particular content area or in multiple content areas, this coursework falls well short of requiring a sufficient number of assignments requiring teacher candidates to design instruction that can meet a range of student needs. 

We note a substantial number of relevant assignments in additional required coursework for special education candidates that is not offered by the special education department and/or has a clinical focus but nonetheless clearly addresses instructional design in content instruction.


REJOINDER to Spring 2013 Program Rating

The Instructional Design for the Special Education program requires:

  1. The Literacy Component: EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344EDR 407, EDR 441, EDR 474 (18 hours) - lesson design and accommodations for struggling readers;
  2. The Pedagogy Content EDU 345, EDU 346, EDR 407, EDU 413, EDU 440 (9 hours) - lesson design in content areas: Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Communications (Language Arts);
  3. The Diagnosis Component: EDU 413 and EDR 441 (6 hours) - diagnosis of student performance, case study, and development of intervention lessons to promote positive student growth.
  4. The Special Education Component (18 hours) - lesson design, IEP identification, diagnosis, and assessment/intervention, characteristics of students with special needs.

    1. Multidisciplinary Instructional Unit for Special Education
    2. EDU 372 Survey of the Exceptional Child (3 hours) Link to syllabus
    3. EDU 460 Organizational Procedures for Special Education (3 hours)  Link to syllabus
    4. EDU 463 Learning Disabilities (3 hours)  Link to syllabus
    5. EDU 464 Teaching the Individuals with Learning Disabilities (3 hours) Link to Syllabus and Multidisciplinary Instructional Unit
    6. EDU 468 Intellectual Disabilities (3 hours) Link to syllabus
    7. EDU 469 Teaching the Individuals with Mild Intellectual Disabilities (3 hours) Link to syllabus

 

The Literacy Component: EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDR 407, EDR 441, EDR 474 (18 hours) - lesson design and accommodations for struggling readers

The following courses constitute the Special Education literacy requirements in:

  • Phonemic Awareness (EDR 308, EDR 441)
  • Phonics (EDR 308, EDR 441)
  • Fluency (EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDR 407, EDR 441)
  • Vocabulary (EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDU 345, EDU 346, EDR 407, EDR 441, EDR 474)
  • Comprehension Strategies (EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDU 345, EDU 346, EDR 407, EDR 441, EDR 474).

EDR 308. Early Literacy Instruction I: (3 hours) A study of concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 311. Early Literacy Instruction II: (3 hours) A study of concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 344. Literature for Children: (3 hours) A study of the classic and current literature for children in print and non-print media. The integration of literature into the elementary school curriculum is emphasized. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 407. Communication in the Elementary school: (3 hours) Emphasis is placed on helping the elementary teacher develop skill in teaching oral and written communication skills. The use of an integrated approach with an emphasis on children's literature is stressed. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDU 311, EDU 345, EDU 346. This class may be online enhanced. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

EDR 441. Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disability: (3 hours) A study of the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. Students diagnose and evaluate the skills of an individual child in a clinical setting and develop and carry out a plan of remediation based on the diagnosis. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311, and admission to teacher education. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 474. Reading in the Middle and Secondary School: (3 hours) The development of reading skills in the content areas is explored. Emphasis is on helping the middle and secondary school student read more effectively. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

The Pedagogy Content EDU 345, EDU 346, EDR 407, EDU 413, EDU 440 (9 hours) - lesson design in content areas: Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Communications (Language Arts);

CONTENT PEDAGOGY COURSES meet literacy requirements in:

  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension.

EDU 345. Social Studies in the Elementary School: (3 hours) The scope and sequence of the elementary social studies curriculum is examined. An emphasis is placed on the development of concepts and generalizations appropriate for the elementary child. A field experience in an elementary school is a component of this course. Prerequisites: social science core. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

EDU 346. Science in the Elementary school: (3 hours) An integrated approach to teaching science through discovery and hands-on experiences. A field experience in an elementary school is a component of this course. Prerequisites: Science core. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

EDU 440. Kindergarten Education and Practicum (3 hours) A study of appropriate educational practices and programs in kindergarten with an emphasis on Mississippi guidelines. The class includes seminars and teaching experiences in a local kindergarten class. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311, and Admission to Teacher Education. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

The Diagnosis Component: EDU 413 and EDR 441 (6 hours) - diagnosis of student performance, case study, and development of intervention lessons to promote positive student growth.

EDU 413. Mathematics in Elementary School (3 hours) Methodology based on current research and practice is explored using a NCTM Standards based program with an emphasis on mathematical understandings, using manipulatives, and acquiring problem-solving skills.  A field experience in an elementary school is a component of this course.  Prerequisites: MAT 131, MAT 116, MAT 316 and Admission to Teacher Education. Link to Syllabus

EDR 441. Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disability: (3 hours) A study of the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. Students diagnose and evaluate the skills of an individual child in a clinical setting and develop and carry out a plan of remediation based on the diagnosis. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311, and admission to teacher education. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

The Special Education Component (18 hours) - lesson design, IEP identification, diagnosis, and assessment/intervention, characteristics of students with special needs.

EDU 372. Survey of the Exceptional Child (3 hours) A study of individuals with exceptionalities from the gifted to the profoundly disabled, includes a multicultural component that explores diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of students and techniques for providing an effective, relevant education.  Link to Syllabus

EDU 460. Organizational Procedures for Special Education (3 hours) This course addresses organizational procedures of Special Education as required by the Mississippi State Department of Education.  In addition, legislative and court decisions associated with Special Education are covered. Prerequisite: EDU 372.            Link to Syllabus

EDU 463. Learning Disabilities (3 hours) This course is an overview of the field of learning disabilities including historical development, theoretical research bases, and social, emotional, physical and learning characteristics. Prerequisite: EDU 372   Link to Syllabus

EDU 464. Teaching the Individuals with Learning Disabilities (3 hours) This course addresses basic assessment procedures, selection and utilization of instructional methods, materials, and individual programming for individuals with specific learning disabilities. Course requirements include development of a multi-disciplinary unit that incorporates reading, language arts, mathematics, and science content areas for students with learning disabilities.   Link to Syllabus

EDU 468. Intellectual Disabilities (3 hours) This courses is an overview of intellectual disabilities including definitional perspectives, etiology and syndromes, theoretical research bases, and social,emotional, physical, and intellectual characteristics.  Prerequisite: EDU 372  Link to Syllabus

EDU 469. Teaching the Individuals with Mild Intellectual Disabilities (3 hours) This course addresses basic assessment procedures, selection and utilization of instructional methods, materials, and individualized programming for individuals with mild intellectual disabilities. Course requirements include development of a multi-disciplinary unit that incorporates reading, language arts, mathematics, and science content areas for students with mild intellectual disabilities. Link to Syllabus