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Literacy (LITC) Student Learning Outcomes
Literacy for Special Needs Program(206) 296-5759Loyola Hall, Room firstname.lastname@example.org
The Literacy for Special Needs program blends coursework in reading, writing, assessment, and literature with selected special education and school psychology courses.
Integrating children's and young adult literature into instruction across the curriculum. Examines the range of literature written for children and young adults from picture books to novels, including fiction, poetry, and informational books. Emphasis will be given to selecting appropriate literature, developing literature- based instruction, and understanding the multicultural contexts of literature. Course web site
Development of written language expression at all grade levels; examination and evaluation of instructional and assessment practices, materials, and research on writing.
Examines formal and informal assessment measures, instructional techniques and materials, and clinical programs and approaches. Prerequisite: LITC 525, SPED 542, TEED 521, TEED 522, or permission of instructor. Course web site
Development of literacy processes and skills at all levels; examination and evaluation of current instructional and assessment practices, research, and materials. Course web site
Instructional methods in literacy in the content fields. Emphasizes the role of literacy across the curriculum.
Identification of components of effective literacy programs for students with specialized literacy needs. Evaluation and design of literacy assessments, instructional interventions, and materials. Prerequisite: LITC 525 and LITC 524 or SPSY 564 or permission of instructor.
Supervised field experience in literacy assessment and instruction. This practicum serves as the capstone experience of synthesis and application to the role of a reading specialist, general education teacher, or special education teacher working with students with special literacy needs. Emphasis is on comprehensive research-based curriculum, assessment, and integration of children's and young adult literature into instruction. Prerequisites: LITC 522, LITC 524, LITC 525, LITC 527, and SPSY 564 or permission of program director. Closed to non-matriculated and audit students.
An introduction to special education including an overview of historical/legal foundations, individualized educational plans, and exceptionalities in childhood. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of learning disorders (i.e., learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, and mental retardation).
Introduction to the field of multicultural and multilingual special education. Topics covered include types of culturally and linguistically diverse students, perception of disabilities across cultures, reasons for the overrepresentation of various racial and ethnic groups in special education, assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and the effects of learning English as a second language on current classroom learning.
An examination of the methods and curriculum that have been demonstrated to be effective for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: SPED 540.
Methods for the special education teachers, reading specialists, and school psychologists to work cooperatively with general educators to effectively teach students with disabilities. This course presents observational techniques, consulting skills, effective communication skills, and dealing with resistance. Applications to working in teams and committees are examined. Prerequisite: SPED 540.
Comparison of various methods used in the evaluation of learning problems. Selection, administration and analysis of assessment methods. Interpretation of results linked to interventions. Prerequisite: SPED 540. NOTE: There is a fee for this course.
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