Course Abstract Details

EDUC-131, Field Experience for Introduction to Special Education

Credits: 1

Course Description

EDUC-131, Field Experience for Introduction to Special Education, is required for students preparing to become teachers. Students will engage in a guided field observation of school services to students with special needs at the level at which they want to be certified for a total of fifteen clock hours. Students will attend a seminar at the college every other week. These meetings include the Education Academic Community seminars. The Field Experience is an opportunity to apply concepts learned in the EDUC-130 course to teaching and learning for special education populations in a local school. Students may provide assistance to classroom teachers as requested. Students must be in good academic standing with the College. External classroom observation will occur on students' own time. Prerequisite or co-requisite: EDUC-130. One credit. One billable hour. Offered Fall and Spring terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:  

1. develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. (GE 1, 2, 7; Education PG 1, 2, 3/Early Childhood PG 1) 

2. analyze observations of learners, teachers, instruction and programs in a special education setting. (GE 1, 2, 7; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1, 3) 

3. reflect on the different approaches to learning/teaching in a special education setting. (GE 1, 2, 7; Education PG 1, 2, 3/Early Childhood PG 1, 3) 

4. recognize the construction of curriculum as responsive to developmental, cultural, and social needs of special education students.(GE 2, 6; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1, 3) 

5. identify the role and responsibilities of special education teachers in one of the following educational settings: elementary, middle, or high school.(GE 2, 7; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1) 

6. adhere to a professional code of ethics. Students will recognize the behaviors of professional (dress, oral language, body language, self-management skills, and student-teacher confidentiality) that enhance learning.(GE 1, 2, 7; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1) 

7. identify contemporary education issues in special education.(GE 1, 2, 6; Education PG 1, 2, 3//Early Childhood PG 1, 3) 

8. identify common adaptations in instruction necessary to meet the diverse needs of individuals with special needs.(GE 1, 2; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1, 3) 

9. examine the practice of inclusion of students with special needs in the regular classroom. (GE 2; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1) 

10. translate field experiences into reflective course assignments as well as teaching and classroom management practices.(GE 1, 2; Education PG 1, 2/Early Childhood PG 1)   

Successfully Complete the Three Phases of Field Placement: Education field experiences or placements are a three-phase process. Students must successfully complete each phase in order to continue to the next phase and receive one credit for the course.

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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