Courses & Descriptions

GED 6022 *

Advanced Special Education Assessment and Analysis of Behavior (3 Units)

This course provides the candidate with advanced and applied strategies for students with disabilities impacting appropriate social and emotional functioning. The course addresses conceptual models of behavioral deficits, social, academic, and behavioral interventions, and current legal issues in special education. Special emphasis will be placed on conducting functional behavior assessments, designing data-driven instruction, working with individual and group problem solving skills, and understanding positive behavior supports by use of formal and informal assessments.

GED 6050 *

GED 6050 Universal Access: Equity for All Students (3 Units)

This course examines principles of designing and implementing equitable and inclusive learning environments free of bias, the use of culturally responsive pedagogical practices, and the differentiation of state-adopted academic content, student product, and instructional process to maximize student achievement through the use of a variety of resources and the implementation of a variety of service delivery models. Candidates apply skills to address curricular, instructional, and assessment challenges in the school and community settings.

GED 6056

GED 6056 Shared Leadership, Legislation, and Due Process (2 Units)

This course presents principles of organizational systems and systems change agent through examination of current legislation, theory, research, and practices in general and special education school reform. Exploration and development of shared leadership skills; advanced interpersonal communication; collaborative teaming and consultation; creative problem solving and conflict resolution; interagency coordination and change agency. Special emphasis is placed on legislative practices as they relate to special education due process proceedings, compliance, district and parental rights, and student advocacy. Candidates apply skills to address programmatic and systems change challenges in school and community settings.

SPE 6060

Methods of Teaching Students with Orthopedic Impairments (4 Units)

This methodology course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach and engage students with orthopedic disabilities in essential skills including academics, independent living skills, personal independence skills, communication skills, psychosocial skills, and career and vocational experiences. Candidates develop and apply knowledge in adapting teaching techniques and methods of instruction to meet individual needs of students in schools, hospitals, and students’ homes. Emphasis is given to factors such as individual needs, abilities, learning levels, and physical limitations of students, as well as the need for low and high assistive technology devices, services, and software applications that facilitate communication. Effective instructional strategies and interventions are practiced and applied through 30 hours of fieldwork experiences.

*Candidates can choose between either one of these courses.

Total Units: 9