Instructional Strategist online endorsement

Instructional Strategist I Endorsement

credits 21-24 | cost/credit $340 | completion just over 1 year (3 to 4 semesters) | start August 23

Earn your special education endorsement online.  The Instructional Strategist curriculum prepares regular-license teachers to educate and inspire students with disabilities in a wide range of teaching and administrative roles. Learn through hands-on experiences that teach assessment, instructional strategies and evidence-based practices for teaching students with special needs or disabilities. Choose Strat I K-8 or 5-12. It's more than a lane change. 

Instructional Strategist I  prepares you to recognize and understand disabilities in students of various ages as well as the psychological factors that affect these students. You'll learn about transitional collaboration, effective teaching strategies, and ways to create meaningful learning experiences for students in grades K-8 or 5-12.

*To add the endorsement in the state of Iowa, 24 credit hours in special education is required.
If you are not teaching in the state of Iowa, contact us and we will check with your state's department of education to determine if NWC's Instructional Strategist I endorsement is comparable to and can be substituted for certification in your state.


100% online. 8-week courses. Go at your pace.

Earning an endorsement will broaden your teaching opportunities, and it doesn't have to cost you time away from your other responsibilities. Northwestern College's online endorsements mean you can log into class each week to complete your coursework, whenever it's most convenient for you.

Take one online 8-week class at a time, completing two classes each semester, and you'll finish your endorsement in just over 1 year and be eligible for financial aid. 


Program Requirements

Student Teaching

The Instructional Strategist I and II endorsements require student-teaching hours logged in a classroom with a supervising teacher. Student teaching can be completed in 15 days, typically in your own school!
*Some teachers do not need to complete the student teaching requirement depending on their certification.

Instructional Strategist I K-8

Courses

SPED 516 - Contemporary Issues in Special Education
The purpose of this course is to help future educators develop skills forrecognizing and effectively teaching students with various exceptionalities.Broad areas to be covered in this course are areas of exceptionalities,major trends and issues in special education with emphases on collaborationand inclusion, service delivery models, roles of general and special classteachers, individual education programs, and family and communityinvolvement. (3 credits)
SPED 518 - Intensive Instructional Models in Special Education
This course will provide a survey of characteristics and educational needsof students with disabilities. Attention will be given to the definition,etiology, characteristics and various educational alternatives for each ofthe exceptionalities. Students will learn to design instructional programsfor success by building on the abilities, strengths, and interests ofexceptional students by using highly effective, research-based practices topromote student achievement. (3 credits)
SPED 520 - Assessment Planning and Practice
This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the complex issue ofassessment, including an examination of evaluation procedures, frompre-referral intervention, eligibility/placement/program decision-making toprogress monitoring of research-based instructional interventions based onResponse to Intervention (RTI). Students will examine a variety of formaland informal instruments and techniques used in assessing the strengths,needs, interests, and preferences of children and youth with exceptionallearning needs. The focus is placed on providing students with knowledgeand skills necessary for selecting, using, interpreting, and evaluatingresults from measurement and/or screening instruments and techniquescommonly employed by professionals to facilitate special educationplacement, Individual Education Program (IEP) development and evaluation ofthe effectiveness of that instruction using progress-monitoring techniques.Issues in assessment and instruction concerning multicultural and bilingualspecial education will also be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 522 - Methods and Strategies for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (K-12)
This course provides the learner with knowledge and skills in assessing,planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating instruction based onknowledge of the student, the intended student outcomes, and the curriculum.The course focuses on students with mild to moderate disabilities, includingstudents with disabilities from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.Topics include student characteristics, linking assessment with instruction,research-based methods and strategies, curriculum standards, accommodations,modifications, and the use of technology, including assistive technologydevices and services, to support student access to the general educationcurriculum. (3 credits)
SPED 545 - Behavioral and Social Interventions
In this course students will learn about the basic principles of learningthat govern human behavior as well as how these principles can be applied inthe classroom to help individuals with exceptional learning needs reachtheir maximum potential. Students will also learn how to measure andanalyze student behavior in order to evaluate student learning and makenecessary adjustment to teaching strategies for individuals with exceptionallearning needs. (3 credits)
SPED 550 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships and Transitions
This course will prepare special education personnel, classroom teachers,related services personnel, and other support staff for collaborativeconsultation, teamwork and transition in serving the educational needs ofstudents and their families. Consideration of the role of home and parentsin the educational programming for exceptional children, and practical topositive strategies that can be used in working with parents. The context,content, processes, practices, and support of collaborative schoolconsultation will be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 547 - Special Education Practicum: K-8
Endorsement #260 candidates will complete a supervised student teachingexperience in a Special Education setting. This practicum endorses thestudent teacher to become a teacher in a mild and moderate special educationprogram for children from K to eighth grade by preparing the student toschedule, evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs, and develop strategies toaddress special needs of children. This is a 15 day experiencewith time spent in both a K-5 and 6-8 setting. (3 credits) (Graded on apass/no pass basis.)

Total Credits: 21 credit hours

A total of 24 credit hours in special education is required to add the endorsement in Iowa.
Most licensed teachers can transfer at least three credits in special education from their undergraduate degree in education. In cases where no prior coursework was taken in special education, an additional three credits of special education will be required to meet the state’s requirement

Instructional Strategist I 5-12

Courses

SPED 516 - Contemporary Issues in Special Education
The purpose of this course is to help future educators develop skills forrecognizing and effectively teaching students with various exceptionalities.Broad areas to be covered in this course are areas of exceptionalities,major trends and issues in special education with emphases on collaborationand inclusion, service delivery models, roles of general and special classteachers, individual education programs, and family and communityinvolvement. (3 credits)
SPED 518 - Intensive Instructional Models in Special Education
This course will provide a survey of characteristics and educational needsof students with disabilities. Attention will be given to the definition,etiology, characteristics and various educational alternatives for each ofthe exceptionalities. Students will learn to design instructional programsfor success by building on the abilities, strengths, and interests ofexceptional students by using highly effective, research-based practices topromote student achievement. (3 credits)
SPED 520 - Assessment Planning and Practice
This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the complex issue ofassessment, including an examination of evaluation procedures, frompre-referral intervention, eligibility/placement/program decision-making toprogress monitoring of research-based instructional interventions based onResponse to Intervention (RTI). Students will examine a variety of formaland informal instruments and techniques used in assessing the strengths,needs, interests, and preferences of children and youth with exceptionallearning needs. The focus is placed on providing students with knowledgeand skills necessary for selecting, using, interpreting, and evaluatingresults from measurement and/or screening instruments and techniquescommonly employed by professionals to facilitate special educationplacement, Individual Education Program (IEP) development and evaluation ofthe effectiveness of that instruction using progress-monitoring techniques.Issues in assessment and instruction concerning multicultural and bilingualspecial education will also be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 522 - Methods and Strategies for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (K-12)
This course provides the learner with knowledge and skills in assessing,planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating instruction based onknowledge of the student, the intended student outcomes, and the curriculum.The course focuses on students with mild to moderate disabilities, includingstudents with disabilities from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.Topics include student characteristics, linking assessment with instruction,research-based methods and strategies, curriculum standards, accommodations,modifications, and the use of technology, including assistive technologydevices and services, to support student access to the general educationcurriculum. (3 credits)
SPED 545 - Behavioral and Social Interventions
In this course students will learn about the basic principles of learningthat govern human behavior as well as how these principles can be applied inthe classroom to help individuals with exceptional learning needs reachtheir maximum potential. Students will also learn how to measure andanalyze student behavior in order to evaluate student learning and makenecessary adjustment to teaching strategies for individuals with exceptionallearning needs. (3 credits)
SPED 550 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships and Transitions
This course will prepare special education personnel, classroom teachers,related services personnel, and other support staff for collaborativeconsultation, teamwork and transition in serving the educational needs ofstudents and their families. Consideration of the role of home and parentsin the educational programming for exceptional children, and practical topositive strategies that can be used in working with parents. The context,content, processes, practices, and support of collaborative schoolconsultation will be addressed. (3 credits)
SPED 548 - Special Education Practicum: 5-12
Endorsement #261 candidates will complete a supervised student teachingexperience in a Special Education setting. This practicum endorses thestudent teacher to become a teacher in a mild and moderate special educationprogram for children from 5 - 12 grade by preparing the student to schedule,evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs, and develop strategies to address specialneeds of children. This is a 15-day experience with time spentin both a 5-8 and 9-12 setting. (3 credits) (Graded on a pass/no passbasis.)

Total Credits: 21 credit hours

A total of 24 credit hours in special education is required to add the endorsement in Iowa.
Most licensed teachers can transfer at least three credits in special education from their undergraduate degree in education. In cases where no prior coursework was taken in special education, an additional three credits of special education will be required to meet the state’s requirement

Special Education M.Ed. + Endorsement

credits 33-36 | completion just over 2 years (6 to 7 semesters)

After earning your Instructional Strategist Endorsement I or II, you can easily count your endorsement credits toward completing your M.Ed. in Special Education, here's how

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