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SPE 639 Inclusive Classroom Practices/Student Teaching: 7-12

Create a learning environment that helps middle and high school students with special needs succeed.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 16 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Where you teach. How you teach. What you teach. When it’s all connected, you have a learning environment that is inviting and motivating to all of your students, including those with disabilities and challenges. In this course, you learn how to create and manage an inclusive classroom, from how it’s designed to how it affects behavior. You discover the importance of collaboration with other teachers, parents and outside consultants.

In this course, you are responsible for a hypothetical class of students from grade seven through twelve. This inclusive classroom is made up of a combination of general education students along with some students who have disabilities and other learning differences. As you collaborate with others in planning and teaching all students, you learn how to effectively plan for those students in your class with learning differences.

Throughout the course you apply a variety of management practices designed for school wide, classroom and/or individual behaviors.  In addition, you learn research-based academic interventions to effectively teach students with disabilities in today’s schools.  While general education curriculum is appropriate for the majority of students with disabilities, secondary learners who are at-risk for academic and behavioral failure, including those with disabilities, have specific learning and behavioral characteristics that can undermine progress through general education curriculum.

Course content includes a careful analysis of the specific needs of intermediate and secondary aged learners, including slower rates of acquiring information and skills, deficits in the ability to generalize learned skills to other settings or conditions, and a lack of ability to retain skills, all of which directly influence student behavior. This course also covers the unique psychosocial problems of adolescents and techniques for effectively addressing issues such as fights, bullying, suicide, and absenteeism.

Sample Course Topics 

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Foundations of Behavior
  • Individual Behavior Supports
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Collaboration
  • Response to Intervention
  • School-Wide Behavior Supports and Safety

Examples of What You’ll Learn 

When you complete SPE 639, you will be able to:

  • Discuss various theories as to why adolescents exhibit challenging behaviors, and ways in which to consider, gather, and use behavioral data to address student behavior.
  • Identify influential factors that can affect student behavior.
  • Explain functional analysis and conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment.
  • Implement proactive approaches for preparing and managing the physical environment of your classroom.
  • Discuss and create effective collaboration to affect school reform.
  • Explain the Response to Intervention model, a multi-step/tiered approach that offers a way for students to be closely monitored to make good instructional and intervention decisions.
  • Discuss the School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.
  • Complete a Threat Assessment.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Inclusive Classroom Practices/Student Teaching: 7-12, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

 

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