SPED-476 : Teaching Methods for Students With Severe/Profound Disabilities

This course is designed to prepare students to teach children and young adults with severe/profound disabilities. Learning objectives will cover student assessment and program design, along with the implementation of an appropriate educational program. In addition, communication methods, self-help skills, activities of daily living, as well as socialization will be addressed with this population. This course will include a 30-hour field placement in an authentic learning environment-a nationally accredited Approved Private School that demonstrates "best practices" with this population. The field placement will reflect the special education program, either a PreK-8 or 7-12 age group. This will provide the student with excellent teaching models and the opportunity to learn from a variety of experts and practitioners in the field including teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and rehabilitation technologists. The student, through hands-on learning, will experience the challenges and rewards of teaching children and young adults who are challenged by severe/profound disabilities. 3 credits PREREQUISITES: SPED 230, SPED 332, AND SPED 334 OR SPED 336.