Working with Students with Special Needs
Instructor Name: Dr. Karen Lea
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Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms was written to help teachers understand concepts and terms related to educating students in inclusive classrooms. The course also helps teachers learn about the continuum of placements school systems can use in providing special education and related services to students with disabilities. Information discussed is also designed to help you understand the federal definition of students entitled to special education services, as well as procedures you can use in determining whether these students can be educated in the regular classroom. The course also identifies and describes the roles and responsibilities of special and general educators in providing special education services to students educated in inclusive classrooms and instructional and classroom management strategies teachers can use to work with these students in the least restrictive environment.
This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer. Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.
Course Materials (Online)
Title: Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms
Instructor: Dr. Karen Lea
Publisher: Virtual Education Software, inc. 2002, Revised 2010, Revised 2015, Revised 2017
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The individual will encourage honesty in others by refraining from providing materials or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Violation of these academic standards will result in the assignment of a failing grade and subsequent loss of credit for the course.
Level of Application
This course is designed as an informational course for K-12 regular and special education teachers, administrators, parents, and related service personnel. Information discussed is designed to help you better understand current educational models being used to educate students with disabilities in the general education classroom. This course will allow you to compare and identify how school districts in your own area are implementing inclusion programs, handling current inclusion issues, and some of the practices teachers are using to educate students in inclusive settings.
Expected Learning Outcomes
As a result of taking this course, participants will be able to demonstrate their ability to:
· Explain federal law and regulations such as IDEA, NCLB, Section 504, and ADA and how these affect educators
· Correctly use key terms when communicating with a special education team and guardians
· Use Response to Intervention at an initial level
· Identify characteristics of special needs students
· Apply strategies for effective teaching, including classroom management
· Choose appropriate instructional and assessment accommodations and modifications
Information provided in this course has been divided into five chapters, which should be completed in the order in which they are presented in the program. Once you have completed these five chapters, you should have a better understanding of the concept of inclusion and how it came about. You are strongly encouraged to read additional journal articles, books, and research materials outside the course material to gain a better understanding of current issues related to educating students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms.
Chapter 1: The Concept & Federal Definition of Students with Disabilities
This chapter focuses on federal law and regulations, and key terms and concepts. This is foundational knowledge for educators to understand their legal responsibility in teaching all students with special needs. After reading information provided in this chapter, you should be able to:
· Describe the federal definition of students with disabilities
· Describe the criteria school systems can use to determine whether a student falls under one of the categories of disabilities
· Describe key concepts/terms
· List and describe federal legislation and court cases that have contributed to the movement toward educating students with disabilities in the classroom
· List and describe the continuum of settings school systems can use to educate students with disabilities
· List and describe characteristics of effective inclusion programs
· List and describe the advantages and disadvantages of inclusion
Chapter 2: Federal Laws & Regulations
Chapter 2 focuses on the federal laws and regulations. It is important that you understand these since they do govern your school and your classroom. Reading and hearing about this information can become overwhelming, so take your time moving through this section. Having a good foundational knowledge of the laws and regulations will help you apply strategies that will be discussed later in the course. After reading the information provided in this chapter, you should be able to:
· List and describe legal procedures IDEA 2004, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB, 2001), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act – ADA; which criteria school systems and educators are required to use in evaluating, identifying, and educating students with disabilities; and the special education and related services needed;
· List and describe the provisions specified under IDEA, and the mandate each provision specifies school systems must use in working with students with special needs;
· List and describe the provisions specified under the NCLB Act, and procedures school systems must use in working with students with special needs;
· Describe the special education and related services school systems are mandated to provide to students with disabilities;
· Describe the procedural safeguards parents of students with disabilities are granted under IDEA;
· Describe the civil rights students with disabilities are granted under Section 504, and ADA;
· Describe the purpose of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and an Individualized Family Service Plan and the components or information that needs to be specified in each document;
· List and describe the similarities and differences between regulations specified under IDEA, NCLB, Section 504, and ADA;
· List and describe procedures school systems are expected to go through at the pre-referral and referral stages;
· List and describe the Response to Intervention (RTI) process, and procedures school systems are expected to go through before a child is referred for an in-depth assessment, for the purpose of determining whether he/she has a disability and/or is labeled as a student with a specific learning disability;
· Describe the roles and responsibilities of teachers, school-based problem solving team members, and the multidisciplinary (IEP) team in identifying and providing special education and related services to students with special needs; and
· Describe procedures special and general educators can use to determine whether students with disabilities can be educated in the general education classroom.
Chapter 3: Special & General Educator Collaboration
This chapter focuses on the impact the movement toward educating students with special needs in the general education classroom has had on the roles and responsibilities of special and general educators, strategies teachers can use to work collaboratively, and procedures teachers can use to determine whether students need accommodations and modifications. After reading information provided in this chapter, you should be able to:
· Describe the impact the movement toward educating students with special needs in the general education classroom has had on teachers;
· Describe the role and responsibilities of teachers in terms of educating students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms;
· Define the term “collaboration” and describe different collaborative models special and general educators can use to provide special education and related services to students educated in general education classrooms (e.g. co-teaching);
· List and describe characteristics that must be in place for special and general educators to collaborate successfully; and
· List and describe the steps special and general educators should go through in setting up their own collaborative efforts.
Chapter 4: Differentiated Instruction, Accommodations, & Modifications
Chapter four focuses on why special and general educators need to differentiate instruction and provide instructional and assessment accommodations and modifications for students educated in inclusive classrooms. After reading the information provided in this chapter, you should be able to:
· Specify regulations that mandate that students should be provided with adaptations;
· Define the terms “differentiated instruction,” “curricular adaptations,” “accommodations,” and “modifications”;
· List and describe instructional accommodations and modifications teachers can provide to students educated in inclusive classrooms;
· List and describe the steps special and general educators can use to determine accommodations and modifications students may require in inclusive classrooms;
· Describe steps special and general educators can go through in determining whether a student will or will not participate in state- or district-wide assessment programs; and
· List and describe types of assessment accommodations teachers can provide for students during testing.
Chapter 5: Methods for the Classroom
Chapter five focuses on procedures special and general educators can use to structure their classroom environment and manage students’ behaviors. After reading information provided in this chapter, you should be able to:
· List and describe factors that may result in students’ inappropriate classroom behavior;
· Define “functional assessment” and describe procedures educators can use to evaluate their classroom setting;
· List and describe strategies educators can use to structure their classroom setting and increase students’ appropriate classroom behavior and decrease inappropriate classroom behavior; and
· List and describe the importance of identifying the relationship between students’ behaviors and learning.
As a student you will be expected to:
· Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
· Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented. You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, and successfully complete ALL writing assignments to pass this course. *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
· Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.
· Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
· Complete all course journal article and essay writing assignments with the minimum word count shown for each writing assignment.
· Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
At the end of each course section, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times. Your last score will save, not the highest score. After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access. The average from your exam scores will be printed on your certificate. However, this is not your final grade since your required writing assignments have not been reviewed. Exceptionally written or poorly written required writing assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy in the course syllabus, will affect your grade. As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.
All assignments are reviewed and may impact your final grade. Exceptionally or poorly written assignments, or violation of the Academic Integrity Policy (see course syllabus for policy), will affect your grade. Fifty percent of your grade is determined by your writing assignments, and your overall exam score determines the other fifty percent. Refer to the Essay Grading Guidelines which were sent as an attachment with your original course link. You should also refer to the Course Syllabus Addendum which was sent as an attachment with your original course link, to determine if you have any writing assignments in addition to the Critical Thinking Questions (CTQ) and Journal Article Summations (JAS). If you do, the Essay Grading Guidelines will also apply.
Your writing assignments must meet the minimum word count and are not to include the question or your final citations as part of your word count. In other words, the question and citations are not to be used as a means to meet the minimum word count.
Critical Thinking Questions
There are four CTQs that you are required to complete. You will need to write a minimum of 500 words (maximum 1,000) per essay. You should explain how the information that you gained from the course will be applied and clearly convey a strong understanding of the course content as it relates to each CTQ. To view the questions, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the CTQ that you are ready to complete; this will bring up a screen where you may enter your essay. Prior to course submission, you may go back at any point to edit your essay, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you are done with your edits.
You must click SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
Journal Article Summations
You are required to write, in your own words, a summary on a total of three peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles (one article per JAS), written by an author with a Ph.D., Ed.D. or similar, on the topic outlined within each JAS section in the “Required Essays” portion of the course (blogs, abstracts, news articles or similar are not acceptable). Your article choice must relate specifically to the discussion topic listed in each individual JAS. You will choose a total of three relevant articles (one article per JAS) and write a thorough summary of the information presented in each article (you must write a minimum of 200 words with a 400 word maximum per JAS). Be sure to provide the URL or the journal name, volume, date, and any other critical information to allow the facilitator to access and review each article.
To write your summary, click on REQUIRED ESSAYS and choose the JAS that you would like to complete. A writing program will automatically launch where you can write your summary. When you are ready to stop, click SAVE. Prior to course submission you may go back at any point to edit your summaries but you must be certain to click SAVE once you are done with your edits. For more information on the features of this assignment, please consult the HELP menu.
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