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A Teacher's Guide To Special Education

A Teacher's Guide To Special Education

What exactly is special education?

What are my responsibilities for students with disabilities as a regular classroom teacher? Like other students, those with disabilities are expected to make progress and it is the classroom teacher who is ultimately responsible for their achievement. But the world of special education is complex and not always easy to understand. This book explains everything a regular classroom teacher needs to know, including the laws that affect special education, what the classroom teacher’s responsibility is in the referral process and how to support students with disabilities after the evaluation for special education has been completed. This book is a must-read for teachers with students in their classrooms who have disabilities.   

Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University (credits available soon) or 30 Clock Hours offered.

WA State OSPI clock hours offered through approved provider ESD 112

State of Nevada Department of Education Approved Provider

Texas Education Agency Approved CPE provider.

Required Reading: A Teacher's Guide To Special Education, by David E. Bateman and Jenifer L. Cline

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1) Purchase and read A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, By David F. Bateman & Jenifer L. Cline

  You can find this book at amazon.com or your favorite bookstore.

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Create a lesson plan that incorporates each of the components of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which can be found on page 36 of the text for elementary teachers and on page 37 of the text for secondary teachers (See examples of instructional practices revised for UDL in Figure 2.1 on page 35 of the text). Teach the lesson.

4) Write a 2-3 page paper describing the lesson plan, each of the components of the lesson plan and your success (or lack of success) of the lesson taught. You do not need to turn in the lesson plan.

Turn in the 2-3 page paper.

All 4 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to your Dashboard on the website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org.

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1) All (4) assignments must be completed within (1) year. Upload your documents to your Teacher Study Dashboard or Email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org.

2) The rubric for the Book Study Handout is broken down into five (4) goal areas.

The first goal area pertains to questions #1-14 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The second goal area pertains to questions #15-31 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The third goal area pertains to questions #32-34 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The fourth goal area pertains to questions #35-52 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (4 points on each of the 4 goal areas for the answers to the questions on the handout and 4 points for the reflection paper).

3) The rubric for the A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education Reflection Paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”.

“A” grade = 20 points
“B” grade = 18-19 points
“C” grade = 16-17 points
“D” grade = 14-15 points
“F” grade = 13 points or less
An “NC” (no credit) grade will be given if all four (4) assignments are not completed within (1) year.

Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $180 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU* first to earn graduate credit.

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school district's equivalent language for clock hours earned.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112.  Educator is responsible for the $3 per clock hour fee. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is completed.

*Graduate credits coming soon!

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