54 - Education

54-202 Sign Language I

This course covers the development of receptive and expressive skills in sign language and fingerspelling. Manual communication skills that are used in educational and social settings are emphasized. Deaf culture and community characteristics are discussed.

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54-203 Sign Language II

This course is designed to follow-up and expand on those signs taught in Sign Language I. Candidates are expected (following review) to be able to fluently use fingerspelling, numbers and other basic signs as well as demonstrate a certain level of precision and fluency. Extensions of deaf culture and school issues will be covered.

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Prerequisites

Consent of instructor or grade of "C" or better in 54-202.

54-207 Learning Theories and Individual Development

This course presents developmental theories of behavior, language and learning.  Candidates examine their personal learning styles and discuss how these styles affect their interactions with children and adolescents in the school setting. The psychology of exceptional learners, identification of exceptional learners and strategies for working with teaching exceptional learners are a focus of this course.  Candidates explore the characteristics and learning needs of exceptional learners via the integration of developmental theories using a case study approach. This course also covers the role of the middle school teacher in assessment, coordination and referral of students to health and social services.   Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA or above and Consent of Education Advisor. Offered: Every semester.

 


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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA or above and Consent of Education Advisor.

54-242 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (25 field experience hrs.)

This course continues to examine characteristics of diverse learners, which were introduced in (54-207). An overview of the field of special education is covered, with emphasis on small and large group instruction, curriculum development, individual education plans, individual accommodation plans, philosophies of special education and current trends in the field. A case study and debate format is used. A 25 hour field experience in a junior high school or high school special education setting is associated with this course.

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Prerequisites

Pass Illinois Basic Skills Test/Test of Academic Proficiency; 2.75 GPA; Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

54-300 Special Education Field Experience II (50 field experience hours)

Candidates complete 50 hours of field experience practice in a special education setting. Guidelines for the field experience are found in the Candidates meet on campus with their University supervisor to discuss their work in the schools. The cooperating teacher and University supervisor will conduct performance assessments of the pre-service teacher during this experience.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242.

54-303 Development and Characteristics of Learners

This course explores the similarities and differences in human development and the characteristics between and among individuals with and without ELN (exceptional learning needs).  Pre-service candidates will understand how exceptional conditions can impact an individual's learning and behavior including the impact on their families.  An understanding of these learning differences and their possible interactions provide the foundation upon which individualized instruction is designed to provide meaningful and challenging learning for individuals with ELN. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA, 54-207 and 54-242.

 

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54-304 Technology for Learning

The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to assistive technology.  The class will discuss the selection and use of assistive technology in the classroom for a range of students with disabilities.  A continuum of low to high technology strategies will be discussed.  Candidates will have hands on experience in the class.

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54-329 Approaches and Applications for the Multicultural Classroom

This course is designed to explore the goals of multicultural education and aid candidates in developing their own understanding of teaching from a multicultural perspective.  Candidates also acquire an understanding of the importance and process of linking home, neighborhood and community contexts to school and classroom contexts in an effort to promote a bias free learning environment.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA or above, Consent of Education Advisor.

54-331 Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies for All Learners

This course provides an overview of classroom and behavior management theories and strategies. The course emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to create effective behavior management and intervention projects for students, especially those with behavior problems. Emphasis will be on use of positive behavior support systems. Candidates will examine behavioral principles, procedures and assessment methods necessary for effective programming and are expected to apply skills developed in the course by developing both a classroom management and behavior intervention project to avoid or overcome communication roadblocks and improve a student's problem behavior. Through case analysis, role-playing, cooperative learning, use of technology and field experience, candidates will learn how to apply principles of classroom management to actual teaching situations.

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Prerequisites

54-242.

54-340 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Science and Wellness, P-12

This course focuses on instructional strategies, resources, national curriculum guidelines and the Illinois Learning Standards, CEC and NSES for teaching science and health education.  Emphasis is placed on developing instruction that ensures understanding of fundamental concepts of life, physical, environmental, earth and space sciences, as well as physical development and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle in students.  Methods of differentiating instruction and assessment to meet the individual needs of students are explored.  Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor, 54-242 and 54-391 and/or 54-359. Offered: Every semester


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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor, 54-242 and 54-391 and/or 54-359.

54-352 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Mathematics, P-12

This course focuses on the development of math methods and instructional strategies for P-12 students.  The course emphasizes how to develop mathematical concepts, use problem-solving strategies and create or use appropriate materials.  Current issues in mathematics education, NCTM standards, CEC standards and the Illinois Learning Standards are explored. Methods of differentiating instruction and assessment to meet the individual needs of students are also examined. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242. Offered: Every Semester.

 


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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242.

54-353 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, P-3

This course examines the theories and practices appropriate for balanced reading and language arts instruction and assessment at the primary levels (P-3).  The emphasis of the course is on learning important theories as a foundation for sound instruction and assessment decisions that will result in student proficiency with the English language in typical and atypical language development situations and the ability to apply language and thinking skills to many different genres, concepts and situations.  Effective reading, writing, speaking and listening instructional strategies, including those that differentiate instruction and assessment to meet the needs of individual learners and the specific needs of second language learners, will be modeled and practiced.  Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242. Offered: Every Semester.

 


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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242.

54-354 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Social Studies, P-12

This course focuses on instructional strategies, resources, national curriculum standards, and the Illinois Learning Standards and CEC standards for social studies.  The emphasis of the course is on understanding and using the interrelationships among history, geography, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and archeology to develop in students an appreciation and responsibility toward citizenship, multiculturalism and a democratic society.  Methods of differentiating instruction and assessment to meet the individual needs of students will be explored.  Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242.


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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242.

54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

This course explores and develops strategies used to promote both the academic and social success of all students including those with high or low incidence disabilities, ELL, gifted and talented, and at-risk students.  Teacher candidates will acquire an understanding and appreciation of diverse learners in today's classrooms.  They will also develop a commitment to collaborative practices between special education and general education and how to utilize research based instructional strategies that create learning communities for all students.  Includes a five hour field experience.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor.

54-359 Assessment for Learning

This course explores a variety of formal and informal assessments used to identify learning and social needs, and create and adjust learning experiences. Pre-service candidates will understand both legal and ethical principles of measurement and assessments, and measurement theory and practices. Pre-services candidates will understand the role of collaboration with families and colleagues as well as the use of technologies to support assessment.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-207; 54-242; 05-240 or 53-312.

54-366 Special Education Law

This course is designed for intensive investigation and/or study of special education law and policy.  Since the passage of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (94-142), and its reauthorization, IDEA 1990, 1994 and 1997, the rights of students with disabilities have expanded.  LEA's, SEA's and parents have frequently been in conflict over these rights.  To provide effective educational leadership in a complex society, the professional must understand what the law requires; understand how to exercise wisely the discretion of the law; and understand how legal disputes can be shaped to advance policy objectives.

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54-391 Instructional Planning and Performance Based Assessment

This course explores curriculum development and performance based assessment that incorporates individual's abilities and needs, the learning environment and a myriad of cultural and linguistic factors. Pre-service candidates will develop curriculum including performance based assessment that includes individualized education plans that incorporate both long term and short term instructional objectives. Collaborative processes for instructional planning are highlighted with a focus on the selection, adaptation and creation of learning experiences that incorporate appropriate technologies.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; 54-207; 54-242; 54-303.

54-400 Special Education Field Experience III (50 field experience hrs.)

Candidates complete 50 hours of field experience practice in a special education setting. The guidelines for the field experience are found in the Candidates meet on campus with their University supervisor to discuss their work in the schools. The cooperating teacher and University supervisor will conduct performance assessments of the pre-service teacher during this experience.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242; 54-300.

54-450 Special Education Extended Supervised Field Experience

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Prerequisites

54-300 and 54-400

54-471 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, 4-12

This course examines the theories and practices appropriate for balanced reading and language arts instruction and assessment in grades 4-12. The emphasis of the course is on functional techniques for improving student reading performance in the upper grades and incorporating reading into subject matter instruction. Effective reading and writing instructional strategies and assessments, including those that address the specific needs of second language learners, are modeled and practiced.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 54-242, 54-303, 54-353, 54-391.

54-483 Special Education Clinical Experience (two 8-week placements in Special Education settings)

This course is designed for candidates seeking Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) licensure with total involvement in the participating school system. Progress in developing teaching skills is observed carefully and supervised by the cooperating teacher and University supervisor. Assignment is made at the elementary level for eight weeks and the middle/secondary level for eight weeks. Associated seminars focus on current issues in special education including vocational/transitional, adaptive equipment and professional and ethical considerations. This course meets the advanced writing requirement. Attendance at clinical experience seminars is required.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Admission to student teaching; all required methods and field experience course work completed; and a negative TB test on file.

Corequisites

Note: 05-480, 53-481, 54-483 and 05-484 Student Teaching may be repeated only once for credit with the consent of the College of Education and the Teacher Education Committees.

54-484 SPED/ELED Clinical Experience (Candidates complete 8 weeks in an elementary site and 8 weeks in a secondary special education site)

This course is designed for candidates seeking the Type 10 and Type 03 licensure with total involvement in the participating school system.  Progress in developing teaching skills is observed carefully and supervised by the cooperating teachers and the University supervisor.  Assignment is made at the regular education elementary level for eight weeks (K-6) and at the special education middle school or secondary level for eight weeks (7-12).  This course meets the advanced writing requirement.  Attendance at clinical experience seminars is required.

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Prerequisites

2.75 GPA; Admission to student teaching; all required methods and field experience course work completed; and a negative TB test on file.

54-499 Independent Study

This course includes a study or project done under the direction of a member of the College of Education.

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Prerequisites

Consent of Dean, Independent Study Form.