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The Exceptional Child Term: Fall 2015 Course Number: MAT 524 T2 Instructor: Dr. Dawn Greene
Office: 500A Office Phone: (219) 473-4306 Cell Phone: (219) 712-5708 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Daily ** 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. ** By Appointment Course Times: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-9:00 PM Mission of the Education Program: Respecting the diverse gifts and culture of each student, the Education Program of Calumet College of St. Joseph prepares quality teacher candidates for the 21st Century through a refining process, which ensures: (1) professional preparation; (2) continuous reflection; and (3) ongoing transformation. The Education Program promotes a multicultural community characterized by diversity, integrity, compassion and commitment. Vision of the Education Program: Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the Education Program of Calumet College of St. Joseph: (1) values the dignity and worth of each teacher candidate; (2) shapes attitudes and values; (3) strives for social justice; (4) instills sensitivity for the poor and the powerless; and (5) refines professional competency and scholarship in every teacher candidate. At Calumet College of St. Joseph we are committed to developing the natural abilities of our students, refining them into high quality professional educators. About Your Professor: Dr. Greene has always had a desire to teach and maintained a position teaching evening classes while working in the field of Business. After eventually transitioning to full time high school teaching, she pursued and obtained a Master of Education Administration and began working with schools in teaching, administrative educational leadership, financial planning and administration. After working as a teacher, school principal, administrator, district assistant superintendent and higher education adjunct professor, she accepted the positon of Assistant Professor with Calumet College of St. Joseph. Dr. Greene received her doctorate in Educational Studies from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. In addition, she received a Master of Business Administration (Indiana Wesleyan University) a Master of Educational Administration
(Purdue University) and a Bachelor of Business and Education Certification (Calumet College of St. Joseph). Course Description: The characteristics, capabilities and expectations of students with special needs, students who are considered high risk for learning problems, English Learners and gifted students encompass the diverse approach to evaluating strategies for quality learning. Students research the teacher’s role in assisting students who face attention, behavioral, learning, physical and social challenges, and other relevant and practical issues unique to educating exceptional student. Candidates in this course will engage in descriptive research on parenting the exceptional child. Field experience is required. Learning Outcomes/Competencies:
! Examine the history and legal foundations for special education including IDEA, ADA, 504 and FAPE.
! Understand and analyze the meaning of inclusion and the concept of LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
! Identify students with exceptionalities; examine the issue of labeling students ! Understand the referral and placement processes including the role of the classroom
teacher ! Examine the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) ! Become familiar with responsibilities associated with Response to Intervention (RTI) ! Explore and research English Learner concepts and their implications for teaching ! Develop and apply knowledge of instructional planning, strategies, and assessments to
meet the needs of exceptional students. ! Experience the limitations of a disability ! Analyze educational institutions and teacher response to exceptional students ! Explore issues of socializations and behavior Management ! Describe collaboration with families and other professionals
• Review of the Literature Paper & Exceptionality Report: Review current research on the latest theory concerning a chosen exceptionality. Research how to facilitate educational growth for students who have the exceptional challenge. Write as a literature review that encompasses supportive research and understanding of law and theory. Research should include information on the nature of a chosen exceptionality based on the latest research and trends. Present chosen topic during class (there will be no duplicates).
• Oral Presentation: Present the literature review findings to the class with presentations occurring within the last class.
• Black Board Discussions and Assignments: Postings will occur weekly throughout the class duration. Please respond to the prompt and comment twice on postings by others.
• Field Experience and Reflections (Required): A field experience must be scheduled with a required reflection on the experience. A visit to an exceptional learner classroom (this cannot be your own classroom) shall be scheduled and reflected upon.
• Legal Backgrounds and Support: Research will be conducted of watershed cases that have shaped Special Education as it is today.
Text(s): Turnbull, Ann; Turnbull, Rud and Wehmeyer, Michael (2012): The Exceptional Child. New Jersey: Pearson Education. Inc. Learning Strategies: (Group Discussions, Team Projects, Collaborative Learning and Direct Instruction and other instructional methodologies). Class Policy for Assignments: Adhere to the Student Teaching Handbook for rules and regulations regarding student teaching. Class Policy on Attendance: Refer to the Student Teaching Handbook regarding absenteeism during student teaching. In short-Don’t be absent! Absent and tardy attendance will result in a grade reduction. Class Policy on Electronic Devices: Please do not use cell phone for talking or texting during class! BLACKBOARD: All teacher candidates will access Blackboard weekly to respond to posted assignments and fellow class participant posts. You are required to post your thoughts on the discussion topic and then to respond to two other classmate posts. Grading Scale: Requirements and Assessments:
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Grade Points A 100-92 A- 91-90 B+ 89-88 B 87-82 B- 81-80 C+ 79-78 C 77-72 C- 71-70 D+ 69-68 D 67-62 D- 61-60 F 59 and below
Attendance/Participation Mandatory Classroom Observation/Reflection 10 Points Educational Philosophy and Resume 10 Points* Review of Exceptional Child Literature (Exceptionality)
Oral Presentation 20 Points In-Class Assignments 5 Points Legal Cases 20 Points Blackboard 5 Points
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INTASC Teaching Standards: THE LEARNER AND LEARNING Standard #1: Learner Development
The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cogniti