Special Education Endorsement

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Special Education Endorsement is available for students seeking Elementary or Secondary Licensure who wish to add additional certification specific to teaching and learning in Special Education.

Complete the following courses (13 cr):

Code Course Credits

EDU 2140

Cognitive Differences and Emotional Challenges

This course focuses on students with Low Incidence Disabilities grades K through 21 years who have severe and multiple disabilities, autism, moderate-severe learning impairments, sensory disabilities, and severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. Pre-service special educators will be learning about the characteristics of these students and the strategies to teach them academic and social skills within the regular classroom, in resource rooms, and in substantially separate classrooms. Emphasis is placed on interventions and assessment for functional academics, blended with life-skills and adaptive technology for students in K through 21 years of age. The field component of this course is 15 hours based on licensing area.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012

Fall

3

EDU 3130

Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties

This course focuses on students with High Incidence Disabilities K through age 21 who have learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactive disorders, and mild/moderate emotional and behavior disorders. Pre-service special educators will learn about the characteristics of these students and the strategies used to teach them collaboratively within the regular classroom and in resource rooms for academic and social success. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosing and remediating literacy difficulties across academic areas, and utilizing assistive technology to accommodate for these challenges in grades K through 21 years of age. The field component of this course is 15 hours based on licensing area.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012

Spring

3

EDU 3370

Models of Assessment and Intervention in Special Education

This course focuses on the role of the special education teacher K though 21 years of age, as he/she teaches students with learning disabilities, learning impairments, and behavioral challenges in the resource room and in the regular classroom. The emphasis is on planning, instruction, and assessment for students K through 21 years, including the linkage of assessment/evaluation with curriculum/instruction and technology. Students will be exposed to the most common assessment measures used to identify and teach students with special needs and the "paper process" that is legally required for all students with identified challenges. Emphasis is placed on literacy instruction and access to the general education curriculum. The field component of the course (60 hours) is designed to give the student hands-on practice, and opportunities for observation, teaching, and assessment that bridges previous coursework and leads to student teaching.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012

Fall

4

EDU 2380

Collaboration and Special Education Law

This course provides an overview of state and federal laws that govern special education and of the consultation and collaboration skills needed in today's diverse schools. This course will emphasize the major components of laws and regulations that guide the education of students with disabilities ages birth to 21. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004), VT State Regulations, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), among others, will be explored. Additionally, students will learn to enhance student academic growth through collaborative and consultation strategies that promote success in early intervention, early childhood education, and in inclusive settings.

Prerequisite: EDU 1420, EDU 2012, or EDU 2032

Spring

3

Special Education Social Science Concentration

Elementary and Secondary students are strongly advised to add a concentration to their Special Education Endorsement by adding the following courses (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

PSY 2210

Applied Behavior Analysis I

This is a service-learning course. As such, students will learn the content of the course while engaged in service in local schools. The course examines the principles of operant, respondent, and social learning. Emphasis is directed at the application of these principles toward classroom management, behavior change, and self-control.

Fall

3

PSY 3060

Child Psychopathology

An analysis of theory, research, and therapy of psychological disorders of children, including early infantile autism, neurophysiological developmental problems, learning difficulties, developmental retardation, juvenile delinquency, and psycho-physiological disorders.

Fall

3

PSY 4020

Psychological Testing

Introduction to the theory, development and utility of psychological testing with emphasis on the administration and interpretation of intelligence tests.

Prerequisite: Basic course in Statistics or consent of the instructor.

Spring

3

SOC 1030

Social Problems

Note that Elementary Special Education students may elect this group of courses as their Multidisciplinary Concentration.

An examination of such problems as population, pollution, poverty, crime, and racism as they exist in contemporary American society.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3