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SPE 701 Cognitive Processes: Research-based Brain Studies for the Educator

Learn why all brains aren’t created equal and how to respond.

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

Attention. Perception. Problem solving. Language. Creativity. How the brain accepts and processes information affects a student’s ability in all aspects of learning. In this course, you discover how the brain functions, why students don’t learn at the same rate, and what to do about it. You learn how to help improve motor skills, visual and speech skills, reading abilities, and even the speed at which students comprehend. By understanding typical cognitive function, you learn what steps to take when brains function atypically. You gain valuable insights on effective teaching based on solid research.

Although we often take language for granted, it is just one of the many challenges facing a special needs student. Learning to spot difficulty is a critical factor in the teaching process.

This course provides an integrative survey of knowledge and research in the cognitive and neurological development of the young mind. The content is designed to connect cognition, neuroscience, and educational practice with the critical periods of child development, including language development, visual systems, and psychosocial growth.

Attention is given to the basic structures of the brain and its corresponding dynamic functions, how neurons communicate with each other, and ways that a network of cells function in the vision, memory, and learning processes. The interaction and effects of learning and thinking and how the brain processes, consolidates, and internalizes information is also explored.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Brain Basics
  • Motor Systems
  • Attention, Executive Functioning, and Memory
  • Visual and Auditory Processing
  • Language
  • Processing Speed and Arithmetic
  • Metacognition and How to Become Expert Observers

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 701, you will be able to:

  • Name which parts of the brain trigger the ability to read.
  • Identify the basics of motor functioning and understand how even minor improvements to a child’s motor skills can improve their self-esteem.
  • Identify problems of attention regulation in a classroom. 
  • Discuss expressive and receptive language and the process of learning to read and write. Explain how different parts of the brain perform complex functions separately and in sync with one another. Define effective interventions to help with processing speed.
  • Recognize mental processing speed and the effect it has on learning.
  • Identify the ways in which metacognition (learners’ consciousness of their own body of knowledge) can enhance the learning process.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education and Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification curricula from Saint Joseph’s University, including Cognitive Processes: Research-based Brain Studies for the Educator, 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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