Requires completion of the elementary education major. This endorsement authorizes instruction in all Elementary and Secondary mild and moderate instructional programs to support students with mild to moderate learning and behavioral needs.
|EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special education up to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with diverse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments.
|EDU 235 - Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
(3 credits) An overview of mild/moderate disabilities including historical and theoretical perspectives. Designed for students seeking reading, unified early childhood and special education endorsements. Prerequisite: EDU206.
|EDU 309 - Transition for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the job opportunities and training for the adolescent mentally disabled student. Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.
|EDU 314 - Working with Parents
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to investigate approaching trends and issues pertinent in developing professional relationships between the special education staff and other individuals associated with the special needs learner. Prerequisite: EDU206.
|EDU 315 - Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction
(3 credits) This course is designed to provide an overview of various models for classroom and behavior management. The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical dimensions of behavior and social concerns. Prerequisite: EDU206.
|EDU 318 - Diagnostic Assessment, Teaching and Evaluation of Special Education Students
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study in the purposes, procedures and issues related to screening, testing and evaluation of special needs students. The course will include a study of diagnostic instruments used by the profession. Prerequisite: EDU206.
|EDU 319 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships for Special Educators
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course provides strategies for working with regular classroom teachers, support services, personnel, paraprofessionals and other individuals involved in the educational program. Prerequisite: EDU206.
|EDU 336 - Methods and Strategies for Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (Elementary)
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to develop and implement intervention strategies as well as appropriate accommodations and modifications to address students' exceptional learning and behavioral needs at the elementary school level. Pre-service teachers will also develop/refine skills in IEP writing, incorporating assessment and evaluation information as well as input from parents/families. Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.
|EDU 337 - Methods of Working with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities at the Secondary Level
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course prepares college students to teach students with exceptional learning needs at the secondary level. A practicum experience of ten hours is required. Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.
|EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
(3 credits)(Writing intensive) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems focuses
both on the role of formative and summative assessment in the teaching of reading.
In addition, significant attention is paid to the remediation of reading
problems. Students will study the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of remediation for students with reading problems, including
diagnostic and prescriptive procedures for individuals and groups of students.
Students will be required to write and revise their work for professional
audiences. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be examined. Writing
is a significant part of each exam. A practicum experience is a key component
of this course. Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education
program, and concurrent enrollment in EDU328.
|EDU 345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities
(3 credits) This course focuses on learning oral language and the implications that has for learning written language. A major part of the course is devoted to designing effective remedial education programs for Title I and special education. Special attention is paid to early intervention programs. This is an upper level course, designed for students completing reading and special education endorsements. Prerequisites: EDU326 and 343.
|EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
(2 credits) This course addresses skills necessary in teaching students to read in social studies, math, science, and other content areas. This course offers strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, writing, assessment, and more.
|EDU 409 - Philosophy of Education
(2 credits) The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines critically the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to assist students in their personal response to these issues as they serve as professional teachers. Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program.
|EDU 426 - Elementary Special Education Student Teaching
(4-8 credits) A 4- to 8-week experience of observation, participation and teaching students in the elementary special education classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department.
|EDU 428 - Secondary Special Education Student Teaching
(4-8 credits) A 4- to 8-week experience of observation, participation and teaching students in the secondary special education classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department.
|Total credits required: 42-50