Teaching Self-Determination to Students with Disabilities

  • CPE Course #20120161

    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 graduate level course is designed for teachers from grades K-12. The participants will be introduced to a wide array of instructional materials and methods that can be used to promote self-determination in students with disabilities. The instructor will present the material through lectures, role-playing, dramatizations, and group discussions. This is an online Moodle class and each session contains a series of lessons, videos, written responses, and other activities.

    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:

    • identify the four essential characteristics of self-determined behavior.
    • categorize the contributions of the independent living movement, the normalization principle, and the self-advocacy movement to the emergency of self-determination as an educational outcome. 
    • define transition services and identify the historical antecedents to the transition movement.
    • describe how self-management and problem solving can be used to provide safety skills instruction.
    • explain to parents, professionals, and other community members the importance of students with disabilities having the opportunity to express their choices and preferences and have these honored.
    • evaluate the importance of social problem-solving and decision-making skills to youths with and without disabilities.
    • examine the components of self-regulation.
    • utilize a variety of instructional techniques to promote generalization of self-instruction.
    • differentiate eight empirically based goal-setting treatment packages to teach students with disabilities how to increase their achievement and competence.
    • define assertive behavior and discuss its role in expressing one's rights.
    • compare and contrast some barriers to leadership for people with disabilities.
    • justify the educational benefits of student involvement in the planning and decision-making process.
    • analyze the role of assessment in self-awareness.
    • illustrate strategies to promote positive perceptions of control for students with disabilities.
    • debate the effects of age on students' perceptions of ability and/or competence.

    Graduate Level Requirement

    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.
    • write a plan of implementation that will include several of the self-determination strategies presented in this course. The paper will state how these strategies can be used in their own classrooms.

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