Course Sequences and Descriptions
Introduction and Characteristics of Adaptive Special Ed(3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course prepares the teacher with an understanding of students’ diverse learning needs and characteristics that support their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and career development needs. The teacher will develop an understanding of the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of the interrelatedness of education and special education
ASPED Methods and Strategies for K-6 and 6-12/ K-12 (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
These courses prepares the teacher to plan and implement effective instructional methods and strategies to meet the needs of diverse adaptive learners in the K-6 and/or 5-8 classroom or in the 6-12 classroom.
Adaptive Instruction Practicum I (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
The teacher in this field-based practicum demonstrates knowledge and skill in planning and implementing effective instruction which is built on standards-based goals for content, students, and community. The teacher promotes a supportive learning environment that encourages student participation.
Adaptive Social and Behavioral Needs (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course instructs the teacher in understanding the characteristics of adaptive learners with significant behavioral and social needs in assessing and developing effective strategies to address those needs.
Methods/ Reading and Language Arts (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course prepares the teacher to screen, assess, and identify the needs of adaptive learners in the areas of reading and language arts and to then effectively link the information gathered to intervention strategies and methods. Prerequisite: Introduction and Characteristics of Adaptive Special Ed .
Assessment in Adaptive Special Education (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course will focus upon the administration and interpretation of data, derived from screening, formal and informal measures, normed and criterion referenced tests and other diagnostic measures. Individual assessment of developmental milestones, academic achievement, adaptive behavior and processes will be included.
Communication and Collaboration (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
The focus of this course is the understanding, development and refinement of communication and collaboration skills for Special Education Teachers for the purpose of working effectively with various building level stakeholders.
Methods/Transitioning to Adulthood 6-12/K-12 (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course prepares the teacher to assess the skills, interests, and preferences of students as they plan for their future, to help adaptive learners understand their needs, and to know how to articulate those needs in public school settings and beyond.
Creating Optimal Learning Environments (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course prepares the teacher to develop the knowledge and skills needed to establish a planned orderly classroom where participation is encouraged, to facilitate the inclusion of students in the least restrictive environments, and to develop effective classroom modifications for students in both general and special education settings.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course examines the concepts of ethics and school law with applications to decision-making regarding current educational and personal practices. It explores the ethical dimension of educational organizations and how values and ethics are incorporated into the decision-making process. Ethical and legal topics regarding technology, character education, and the role of both the sacred and secular in a democratic society will be among key topics addressed throughout the course.
Inquiry/Data Collection and Research (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course is designed to assist teachers in developing knowledge of data collection and research techniques that will enable the design of a research project that addresses a specific educational practice in a classroom setting with students with adaptive learning needs. Emphasis will be made regarding ethical considerations when working with adaptive special education populations.
Advanced Practicum II (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This advanced field-based practicum focuses on the teacher as a facilitator of effective instruction, developer of supportive learning environments, and a promoter of social skills; demonstrating professional, ethical, collaborative and effective communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on the following strands or focus areas:
- Completion of the action research project designed in Inquiry/Data Collection and Research.
- The demonstration in a practicum setting of competency in areas covered under the eight standards established by the Kansas Department of Education.
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course examines the processes of effective communication, collaboration/consultation, negotiation and conflict resolution, and prepares the teacher to develop problem-solving strategies with parents, educators, para-educators, and other community professionals. A variety of effective strategies and techniques will be presented through simulation, role-playing, readings, reflections, lectures, and discussions.
MNU to Help High Need Schools Improve…
Imagine teachers everywhere being able to view themselves in action in front of their classroom. The ability to analyze what works and what could be improved could go a long way in… Read More
MNU Among 10 Universities Awarded Gran…
MNU is one of 10 universities nationwide selected by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to participate in the Association’s first Networked Improvement… Read More
Taking Counseling Skills to Most Vulne…
Fourteen graduate counseling students and a professor from Mid America Nazarene University (MNU) sit around a makeshift “campfire” made of flashlights in a small village in… Read More