Instructional Strategist two endorsement

Instructional Strategist II Endorsement

credits 21 | cost/credit $325 (Fall 2019 $335) | completion just over 1 year (3 to 4 semesters)

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 II Behavior/Learning Disabilities or Intellectual. It's more than a lane change. 

Instructional Strategist II  prepares you to address the basic foundations of special needs, transition methods for students with behavior disorders and learning disabilities, communication between parents and teachers, assessment of learning problems, social and behavior interventions, decision-making/problem-solving techniques in education, and teaching students with exceptionalities in a K-12 instructional setting. Choose a focus in behavior disorders/learning disabilities or intellectual disabilities. 

*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 II endorsement is comparable to and can be substituted for a 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 take classes and 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!

Instructional Strategist II Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities

Courses

SPED 516 - Foundations of 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 - Characteristics of Disabilities
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 524 - Methods and Strategies for Students with Academic and Behavioral Disorders
This course will prepare teachers to work effectively with students who havelearning and behavior problems. Included are adequate procedures forteaching skill and content areas such as reading, math, oral and writtenexpression, and social and study skills. At the completion of the courseteachers should understand which methods are most effective with what typesof students and why. (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 549 - Special Education Practicum: K-12
Endorsement #263 & 264 candidates will complete a supervised studentteaching experience in a Special Education setting. This practicum endorsesthe student teacher to become a teacher in a mild and moderate specialeducation program for children from K-12 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 a K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 setting. (3 credits) (Graded on apass/no pass basis.)

Total Credits: 21 credit hours

Instructional Strategist II Intellectual

Courses

SPED 516 - Foundations of 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 - Characteristics of Disabilities
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 523 - Methods and Strategies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
This course introduces the history of intellectual disability. A criticalexamination of current definitions of intellectual disability and practicesin medical diagnosis of intellectual disability will be covered. A study ofthe biological, educational, social, and behavioral factors contributing tointellectual delays will be addressed. Consideration of current andhistorical educational practices for individuals with intellectualdisability and explore contemporary ethical, social, and the educationalissues that affect the lives of individuals with this label across thelifespan will be analyzed. Students will also learn how to measure andanalyze behavior in order to evaluate learning and make necessary adjustmentto teaching strategies for individuals with intellectual disability. (3credits)
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 549 - Special Education Practicum: K-12
Endorsement #263 & 264 candidates will complete a supervised studentteaching experience in a Special Education setting. This practicum endorsesthe student teacher to become a teacher in a mild and moderate specialeducation program for children from K-12 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 a K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 setting. (3 credits) (Graded on apass/no pass basis.)

Total Credits: 21 credit hours

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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