Special Education: Disabilities and Designing Instruction

  • CPE Course #20110252

    Upcoming Session Dates

    March 4 - April 1, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is February 21, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU #10 office on or before February 21, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after February 21, 2019.

    April 4 - May 1, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is March 28, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before March 28, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after March 28, 2019.

    May 4 - May 31, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is April 23, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before April 23, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after April 23, 2019.

    June 3 - June 26, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is May 21, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before May 21, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after May 21, 2019.

    June 29 - July 22, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is June 19, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before June 19, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after June 19, 2019.

    July 25 - August 17, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is July 16, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before July 16, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after July 16, 2019.

    Course Description

    This three-credit course is designed for teachers from grades K-12. This is an online Moodle class, and each session contains a series of lessons, video, written response, and other activities.  This course will provide educators with an in-depth exploration of the special education system and challenges that students with special needs will face when included in the regular education classroom and strategies that will maximize student performance and enable them to better meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and perform well on state and local assessments.

    This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Agolino Educational Services. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Agolino Educational Services containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.

    Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.

    Participants will be able to:

    • summarize and react to the class lectures and discussions by writing a journal entry for each session.
    • locate and write critiques of professional journal articles about concepts discussed during class sessions.
    • write a short paper giving their opinion on the ongoing controversy about allowing students with dyscalcula to use calculators in the classroom.
    • write a short paper giving their opinion on the ongoing controversy about parents medicating their son or daughter with ADHD.
    • write a short paper about their opinion on the controversial topic of cochlear implants.
    • create a lesson plan that includes modifications or adaptation for students with two different disabilities and incorporates the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the subject they teach.
    • create a PowerPoint presentation in which they will elaborate on one specific disability that was presented in this course.  In their presentation, they will discuss the research on the disability as well as show how they can apply strategies in their own classrooms to increase their students' performance and maximize their students' potential.
    • examine the general principles of working with students with special needs.
    • interpret why students with TBI may exhibit many of the symptoms of a learning disability.
    • explain that ADD and ADHD are considered together because both involve difficulty with attention to the outside world - especially to things that are of little interest, such as spelling lessons.
    • discuss why autism has attracted much public and media attention.
    • list and describe the three criteria necessary for a person to be given a diagnosis of mental retardation.
    • state eight things that a student with low vision or blindness needs to be successful in the regular education classroom.
    • name several ways that teachers can adapt their curriculum in their classrooms to accommodate a student who has a physical disability or a health impairment.
    • illustrate how a person is diagnosed as being gifted and talented.
    • conclude how special education got started.
    • recognize the roles of the regular education teacher and the special education teacher regarding the identified student's IEP goals and objectives.

    Graduate Level Requirements

    Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity including a course project. Participants' out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:
    • complete activities that incorporate the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
    • create a PowerPoint research project about a disability that will include the definition/description, diagnosis, unique characteristics, needs, ways to adapt curriculum, and famous people with the disability presented in this course. This project will be posted to the course Moodle page and state how their research and other participants' research can be used in their own classrooms.

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