BEDU101 Intro to Exceptionalities
This course will introduce the basic values that underlie supporting students who experience disabilities, and the roles of teacher assistants in supporting those individuals 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 on-site visits to schools and classrooms, teachers and teacher assistants will develop strategies on how to facilitate students' independence, learning, social connections and self-advocacy skills. Curriculum will emphasize the philosophical and practical applications of valuing students' abilities and diversity, collaborating with educators and families, supporting classroom teachers, curriculum modifications, and problem-solving strategies. Topical issues to be explored 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 and Students with Disabilities. This course includes field study.
BEDU104 Foundations of Education
This is a survey course that investigates the philosophical, historical, and social/cultural character of education in the United States. It is intended to be an examination of how schools function organizationally. Discussions will include the role of education, system philosophy, and trends that have shaped contemporary education; field observations are included. This course is a concentration requirement for both Special Education and Education associate degree programs; while it is intended to be the first in a series of learning experiences for those interested in careers as teachers, it also fulfills a Social Science elective requirement. This course includes field study.
BEDU106 ESL and Diversity in the Multicultural Classroom
This course is an introduction to English as a Second Language (ESL) and the current theories in second language acquisition. It is designed for educators to develop an understanding and appreciation of diversity and its impacts on teachers, administrators and students. The course will help teachers make sound decisions when working with ESL students in the classroom. We will develop methods to incorporate multiculturalism into curricula and to explore diverse approaches to pedagogy.
BEDU200 Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors
This course will provide students with knowledge and skills for supporting students with challenging behaviors, using the framework of positive behavioral supports. Students will gain a working knowledge of the basic assumptions about the context and function of behavior and understand the role that behavior plays in helping students influence people and the events in their environment, meet their basic needs, and avoid unpleasant situations. By developing strategies to determine the functions of certain behaviors, students will gain new and effective strategies for supporting students who demonstrate challenging behaviors in the classroom. The focus on the teaching of new skills (as opposed to intrusive interventions that rely on the elimination of challenging behaviors) will provide students with effective positive approaches that respect the dignity of the individual and facilitate social inclusion. This includes field study. (Prerequisite: BEDU101 or BECE215 or POI)
BEDU201 Legal Issues in Education
Predicated upon legislative requirements such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this course considers the theories and issues explored in BEDU101 and BEDU200, in the context of inclusive instructional settings. In addition to developing an understanding of the various legal requirements, effective instructional strategies for curriculum adaptation and delivery to most effectively assist students with special needs will be explored. (Prerequisite: BEDU101 or BECE216 or POI)
BEDU202 Strategies for Teaching Diverse Populations
This course will focus on strategies to address the needs of integrated classrooms. The concepts of design and adaptation of instructional material for individual and small group use, teacher characteristics which enhance the learning situation; assessment (both formal and informal), and student behaviors that influence integrated classrooms will be addressed. Students will explore how curricula can be used to challenge all students and allow them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Using Gardner's multiple intelligence concepts and applying strategies from Gordon's People Types and Tiger Stripes, students will develop an understanding of the various theories proposed to deal with diverse populations. They will participate in personal assessments of their individual learning/intelligence types and develop a "Strategic Learning Plan" for themselves. In addition, students will develop and practice a variety of techniques that could be used in inclusionary classroom settings.
BEDU203 Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities
The focus of this course is on strategies to accommodate students who have difficulties with basic reading, writing, and study skills. Emphasis will be placed on accommodating students versus "helping" students by completing work for them. A variety of practical techniques will be studied and practiced through in and out of class exercises. Collaborative teaching will be used by students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. In addition, students will learn a variety of study strategies, including mnemonics, double column notes, reading strategies, concepts of active vs. passive learning, organization and time management skills. Students will be expected to work in small groups to develop strategies to teach various skills to their peers in the class. Innovation and creativity are key to success in this course.
BEDU204 Instructional Technology
This course presents the theory and strategies for effective integration of technology resources and technology-based methods of instruction, and assistive technology designed for students with disabilities. A background of mediated instruction will be provided along with a review of the qualities and benefits of various technology options, including assistive technology, available to instructional settings. Opportunities to apply instructional delivery using common forms of media, multimedia, computers, and specialized programs for students with disabilities will be integral to this course, in addition to contemplation of future issues of integration of technology and matters of time and place of the learning experience.
BEDU205 Teacher Education Practicum I
This course will familiarize students with the working environment of teachers and paraeducators. Students will be required to work 100 hours in a classroom setting. Students will gain experiential knowledge of the day-to-day responsibilities and requirements involved in the job of teachers and paraeducators. Students will also observe and examine the organizational structure of the school as an institution and the role of each "team player". They will be able to identify, through discussion and in writing, the various methods of contributing to the school environment and each student's academic life. Students will keep a journal of observations and experiences, and will also be expected to participate in weekly classroom discussions. A final report will be required which will interpret and assimilate each student's observations during the practicum experience. Reflections of the impact they had on the students, teachers, and others in the school will be presented in discussion and in the final report. (Prerequisites: BEDU101, 104, 200 or POI; a GPA of 3.0 in major field courses and permission from the Practicum Coordinator). Practicum students must complete a State Registry and Criminal Records Check I-V. (Co-requisite: BENG120 or POI)
BEDU206 Understanding Sensory Integration
This course will broaden the student’s understanding of Sensory Integration. The focus will be on the impact poor integration, deregulation, or disorder of the senses has on the individual’s ability to be successful in social or academic settings. The concepts of intervention in natural environments will be explored. The course is designed to support the training needs of early childhood educators, paraprofessionals, parents, and care providers who will serve this population. (Prerequisite: BECE121 or POI)
BEDU207 Teaching and Learning
This course studies principles of curriculum, organizations, and teaching methods through supervised observation and participation in a public school. This course introduces the student to rubric evaluation and learning styles, lesson planning, and curriculum delivery. This includes field study.(Prerequisite: BEDU101; Co-requisite: BENG120 or POI)
BEDU208 Teaching Literature Across the Curriculum
This course explores genres of literature for children in grades K-8 with an emphasis on the integration of the language arts across the content areas. Discussion and development of thematic units using a variety of genre is included. Extensive reading and critiquing of children's books are required with the aim of developing an appreciation of and understanding of the value of children's literature in language and literacy development. (Prerequisites: BEDU101 or POI; Co-requisite: BENG120 or POI)
BEDU209 Integrated Arts
An exploration into the value and practical application of integrating the arts across all content areas of the curriculum. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the creative process in the classroom and will investigate the various means of expressing ideas, emotions, and images through the use of music, drama, movement, puppetry, visual arts, and theatre.
BEDU210 Foundations of Diversity
The United States is a nation rich in cultural diversity, experiencing variations in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, socioeconomic class, religion, and more. For this "diverse nation" and for the children of this "diverse nation" to prosper, it is imperative that individuals recognize and understand the nature of this diversity, and how perceived differences may affect social behavior and interpersonal relationships. Students will consider information, issues, theories, and beliefs essential to understanding and relating to individuals in diverse cultures. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the school as a socializing agent, and the responsibility of professionals who are influential in the lives of children to effect social adaptation and change. This course includes field study.
BEDU212 Design of Instruction
An introduction to the design and development of the content of learning experiences. Curriculum theory will be introduced, and an examination of the processes of curriculum development, use and evaluation will also be investigated. The 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?" will be addressed.
BEDU230 Essentials of Career and Technical Curriculum and Instruction
This course will explore the history, philosophy, principles, organization, and operation of career and technical education in the United States. Students will develop a functional understanding of the role and responsibilities of a professional career and technical educator. This course will provide the participant with the foundation and skills needed to design, implement, and manage a curriculum in career and technical education. Identification of resources and occupational analysis, derivation of content, formulation of objectives, defining measurable learning outcomes, and the selection and development of activities and evaluation methods will be explored.
BEDU232 The Autism Spectrum & Beyond
This course will provide an overview of Asperger’s Syndrome from the historical, legal, and current-best-practices perspectives. The concepts of inclusion in natural environments and academic settings will be explored. The course is designed to support the training needs of educators, parents, and care providers who will serve this population. (Prerequisite: BECE121 or POI)