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Graduate Programs|Department of Professional Studies

Special Education Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts or the K-12 Certificate program in Special Education, the candidates will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in:

  1. The foundations of special education, to include: evidence-­‐based principles and theories, relevant laws and policies, diverse and historical points of view, and issues of human diversity.

  2. The development and characteristics of learners, to include: a demonstrated respect of similarities and differences among learners with exceptional conditions and the use of this knowledge to respond to the varying abilities and behaviors of individuals.

  3. Individual learning differences, to include: the effects that an exceptional condition can have on an individual’s learning as well as understanding, and how language, culture, and family backgrounds interact with the individual’s exceptional condition.

  4. Instructional strategies, to include: evidence-­‐based instructional strategies by which to individualize instruction, promote positive learning results, special curriculum materials, and the appropriate modification of the learning environment.

  5. The creation of learning environments and social interactions, to include: active student engagement, the value of diversity, supporting environments that encourage independence, providing help to general education colleagues, and methods to intervene with individuals with exceptional learning and behavioral needs in crisis.

  6. Language, to include: typical and atypical language development, strategies to teach communication skills, and strategies and resources to facilitate the understanding of subject matter for individuals with exceptional learning needs whose primary language is not English.

  7. Instructional planning, to include short and long range individualized instructional plans and goal setting which are developed and modified using data based decisions.

  8. Assessment, to include: multiple types of assessment information, principles of measurement and assessment, measurement theory and practice, formal and informal assessment, and regular and continuous progress monitoring.

  9. Professional and ethical practice, to include: understanding and following legal and ethical principles relative to evidence-­‐based practices.

  10. Collaboration, to include: collaborative support of families, educators, related service providers, and personnel from community agencies, as well as the supervision of paraprofessionals, all in culturally responsive ways.

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