Degrees and Certificates


EDU101W: Introduction to Exceptionalities

Introduction to Exceptionalities introduces the basic values that underlie supporting students who experience disabilities and the roles of teacher assistants in supporting these students, including the value of inclusion in home, education, work, and community life; respect for the inherent worth and dignity of each person; and respect for students' basic rights to affect the conditions of their own existence. Through readings, in-class discussions, and onsite visits to schools and classrooms, students in the course develop strategies on ways to promote independence, learning, social connections, and self-advocacy skills in elementary-school children. The curriculum emphasizes the philosophical and practical applications of valuing students' abilities and diversity; collaborating with educators and families; and supporting classroom teachers, curriculum modifications, and problem-solving strategies. Topics include a history of disability, civil rights and self-advocacy, legal issues and disability, growing up with a disability, families of individuals with disabilities, early intervention and pre-school services, inclusive education, free speech and communication, individuals with challenging behavior, and literacy for students with disabilities. This course also entails field study.

EDU104W: Foundations of Education

A survey course, Foundations of Education investigates the philosophical, historical, and social/cultural character of education in the United States. It examines the way schools function organizationally. Topics include the role of education, system philosophy, and trends that have shaped contemporary education. Students also conduct field observations. This course is a concentration requirement for both the Special Education certificate and the Teacher Education associate degree. It is intended to be the first in a series of learning experiences for those interested in careers as teachers. This course includes field study.

EDU200W: Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors

Using the framework of positive behavioral support, Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors teaches the knowledge and skills needed to support children in the classroom with challenging behaviors. Students in the course learn the basic assumptions about the context and function of behavior. They learn how behavior influences people and events, how certain behaviors enable children to obtain basic needs, and how other behaviors allow them to avoid unpleasant situations. By understanding the effects of various behaviors, students in the course can develop effective classroom strategies for supporting children with challenging behaviors. By focusing on these new skills of support (as opposed to intrusive interventions that rely on eliminating challenging behaviors), the course inculcates effective positive approaches that respect the dignity of the individual and facilitate social inclusion. This course includes field study.

EDU201W: Legal Issues in Education

Predicated upon legislative requirements, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Legal Issues in Education revisits the theories and issues explored in EDU101W and EDU200W, placing them within the context of inclusive instructional settings. In addition to examining these various legal requirements, the course explores instructional strategies for curriculum adaptation and delivery that effectively assist children and adolescents with special needs.

EDU203W: Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities focuses on strategies to accommodate students who have difficulties with basic reading, writing, and study skills. The course emphasizes the importance of accommodating students rather than "helping" students by completing work for them. Students in the course study and practice a variety of techniques through in- and out-of-class exercises. They teach collaboratively with one another to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Additionally, they learn a variety of study techniques, including mnemonics, organization, reading strategies, time management, double-column notetaking, and the concepts of active verses passive learning. Students work in small groups developing strategies to teach various skills to one another. Innovation and creativity are key to success in this course. This course includes field study.

EDU204W: Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology presents theories and strategies for the effective integration of technological resources and technology-based methods of instruction, as well as the integration of assistive technology for students with disabilities. The course provides background into mediated instruction and reviews the qualities and benefits of various technology options available within instructional settings, including assistive technology. Integral to the course is the opportunity to apply instructional delivery methods for students with disabilities using common forms of media, multimedia, computers, and specialized programs. Students also contemplate future strategies for integrating technology within the constraints of time and place.

EDU207W: Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning studies principles of curriculum, organizations, and teaching methods. Under supervision, students observe and participate in a public school. The course introduces the student to rubric evaluation, learning styles, lesson planning, and curriculum delivery. This course includes field study.

EDU209W: Integrated Arts

Integrated Arts explores the value of integrating the arts across all content areas of the curriculum. Students in the course learn the importance of children in the classroom being engaged in the creative process. These students investigate the various means of expressing ideas, emotions, and images through music, drama, movement, puppetry, visual arts, and theatre.

EDU210W: Foundations of Diversity

The United States is a nation rich in cultural diversity, experiencing variations in race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and more. For this diverse nation and for the children of this diverse nation to prosper, everyone must recognize and understand the nature of this diversity and the extent to which perceived differences may affect social behavior and interpersonal relationships. In Foundations of Diversity, students confront information, issues, theories, and beliefs that prove essential to their understanding and an ability to relate to people of diverse cultures. The course places special emphasis on the role of the school as a socializing agent and on the responsibility of professionals who influence the lives of children and can affect social adaptation and change. This course includes field study.

EDU215W: Assessment of Student Learning

In Assessment of Student Learning, students learn strategies for planning and assessing school children in both direct and indirect instruction. Students in the course learn how to select, design, conduct, and interpret the results of formative and summative assessments. The course also examines teacher-created assessments and standards-based assessments and compares the data that each provides. The course then utilizes those data to show students how to improve and modify instructional approaches.

EDU218W: Design of Instruction

Design of Instruction introduces students to the design and development of the content of learning experiences. This course introduces curriculum theory and investigates the processes of curriculum development, use, and evaluation. It also addresses these broad questions: "What do students need to learn?" "How is the learning experience most effectively managed?" And "How do we know the desired outcome was attained?" In addition, students are introduced to the following two frameworks: Understanding by Design (UbD), which helps them create units and assessments that develop students' understanding of important ideas and Universal Design of Learning (UDP), which helps guide students in planning lessons, choosing materials, assessing learning, and ultimately improving instructional practices.

EDU230W: Essentials of Career and Technical Curriculum and Instruction

Essentials of Career and Technical Curriculum and Instruction explores the history, philosophy, principles, organization, and operation of career and technical education in the United States. Students develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a professional career and technical educator. This course provides students with the foundation and skills needed to design, implement, and manage a curriculum in career and technical education. Students learn to identify resources, derive content, formulate objectives, evaluate methods, produce measurable learning outcomes, engage in occupational analysis, and select and develop activities.