Special Education

Overview

Welcome to Special Education! The Special Education Program at Grace College is designed for those who are passionate about serving students with disabilities in an educational context.

The Teaching All Learners major is a dual licensure in elementary education and mild intervention that meets the state of Indiana’s exceptional needs licensure requirements to teach students needing mild interventions including those with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, mild cognitive disabilities, autism, and ADHD at the elementary level (Grades K-6).  Our Special Education program is dedicated to equipping candidates in the dispositions, knowledge, and skills needed to be effective in the inclusive classroom.  Graduates of the program will be teachers of character who are competent in the profession and have a heart for service.

The program includes a balance of content and methods courses focused on current, research-based practices and methodology.  In addition to campus-based coursework, candidates participate in over 100 hours of field experience in local K-6 classrooms.

Faculty teaching in this program include professors highly skilled and trained in the area of elementary and special education as well as practicing classroom teachers and administrators.  This combination provides for the perfect blend of theory and applied practice.  Each faculty member brings unique perspectives and expertise to the major.  Students in the major are encouraged to explore the many career options available to professionals both in the elementary and special education field. These careers might include elementary classroom teacher, elementary special education teacher, special education consultant, resource room teacher. Having a dual licensure also prepares the candidate for leadership opportunities within a career and maximizes future professional development.

Some specific highlights of the program include opportunities to collaborate with general education teachers, experiences in a variety of educational settings, and the option to student teach overseas.  Grace College is proud to have an actve chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.  Through this student chapter, candidates are provided opportunities for leadership, professional development, and community service.

The Grace College Special Education Program recently received National Recognition by The Council for Exceptional Children.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. Special Education

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

SED 1000 Teaching School in America

An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession, e.g., to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools. Three hours. A grade of B- or better is required to reach candidacy status.

SED 2200 The School Age Child

A study of the learner at all grade levels and the many factors affecting learning, including but not limited to, theories of learning, environment, heredity, cultural impact, discipline, classroom management, exceptionalities, and development. The measurement of academic aptitude and achievement is also covered. Practical application is stressed. Three hours. Prerequisite: SED 1000

SED 2400  Exceptional Needs

This course is designed to develop an understanding of children with exceptionalities in an educational setting. It provides an introduction to the field of special education with particular focus on inclusive practices. Three hours. Prerequisite: SED 1000

SED 2410  Policy & Practices in Special Education

An introductory study of historical, political, and socio-cultural influences in special education.  Students will develop an understanding of the implications of special education policy for learners with exceptional needs.  This course also includes an in-depth study of the etiology and characteristics of high-incidence disabilities, inlcuding learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, emotional disabilities, and mild cognitive disabilities.  Also addressed are identification and eligibility considerations in special education.  Practices covered include least restrictive environment, response to intervention, and the IEP process.  Three hours.  Prerequisite: SED 2400

SED 2420  Strategies for Mild Intervention

This course focuses on providing mild intervetnion to the K-6 student with learning and behavioral needs.  This includes educational organization, curricular modifications, and research-based instructional strategies.  Students learn to individualize instruction based on the individualized education plan.  Students have opportunity to apply course knowledge through applied learning experiences.  Three hours.  Prerequisite: SED 2410

SED 3410  Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Problems

This course deals with issues of definition, incidence, and prevalence of emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Students will learn how to implement positive behavior supports and interventions to improve behaviors and socialization.  Students apply knowledge through a behavior change project in an applied learning experience.  Three hours.  Prerequisite: SED 2420

SED 3420  Inclusion and Collaboration

A study of the integration of special education in the regular classroom setting.  Service delivery models for students with special needs are identified and explored.  Importance is placed on collaborative procedures, special services, and instructional modifications that regular and special education teachers use to meet the learning needs of special needs students in regular education classes.  Three hours.  Prerequisite:  SED 2420

SED 4420  Assessment, Evaluation, & Remediation of Students with Exceptional Needs

Study of the principles and practices of diagnostic procedures in special education.  Formal and informal assessments, standardized tests, test administration, test interpretation, and summary writing in the academic areas of reading, math, and written expression are examined.  Utilizing assessment as a means for formulating educational goals and instructional objectives are explored.  Three hours.  Prerequisite: SED 2420

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