ED Course Descriptions

ED 122: Foundations of Education I

ED 122 introduces students to the historical and philosophical foundations of education. A brief overview of the teaching profession, and teachers’ qualifications, and roles and responsibilities will be discussed. Students will also develop and use appropriate curriculum and instructional approaches with diverse learners in the classroom. Education in America and other international countries will be researched and the commonalities and differences will be analyzed.

ED 123: Educational Foundations II

ED 123 will provide students with the psychological foundations of education and various learning theories when working with diverse learners in the classroom. Effective teaching and behavioral approaches for different learners will be discussed and implemented. Students will learn how to create and manage positive learning environments, and implement lessons plans for diverse learners.

ED 125: Family, School, & Community Partnerships I

ED 125 is an introductory course on building partnerships with families and communities to enhance learning in school settings. The roles, responsibilities, and involvement of families in the school system will be introduced. Family diversity, its impact on schools, and how to respond to families in a respectful, culturally responsive way will be addressed. Students will examine family-school issues and effective strategies to collaborate with families and the community.

ED 126: Family, School, & Community Partnerships II

ED 126 focuses on building partnerships with families of learners with disabilities in school, home, or community settings. Students will explore the historical and current roles of families in the special education system, and learn how to collaborate with these families to support them through the IEP process. Effective practices for working with these families will be discussed. Students will examine issues, laws, and rights of families of students with disabilities.

ED 151: Education & Technology I

ED 151 is an introduction to integrating technology in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. This course provides hands-on experience with computer and Internet applications such as word processors, presentation programs, electronic mail, blogs, social networking services, and emerging technologies. Internet resources and their use in educational settings are addressed. Assistive technologies used by students with disabilities in the classroom will be covered.

ED 285: Classroom Management & Instruction

ED 285 is a foundational course to classroom management and instruction. Varying models of discipline and ways to maintain appropriate behaviors in the classroom, such as creating positive classroom environments and establishing teacher-student relationships will be introduced. Effective methods to manage group and individual instruction will be addressed. Students will also develop, plan, and evaluate lesson plans.

ED 260: Positive Behavior Supports

ED 260 integrates and builds upon the competencies in ED 285. Students will apply what they have learned in ED 285 to work with learners with disabilities who have challenging behaviors. A detailed overview of the classroom management and instructional approaches that were covered in ED 285 will be recounted. Students will learn about learners with disabilities and their challenging behaviors, and how to deal with such behaviors in a positive way. The conceptual framework, planning, implementation, and evaluation of positive behavior supports (PBS) will be discussed. Ethical practices and ways to collaborate with families, schools, and communities in regards to PBS will be addressed. Students will go through the steps of the functional behavior assessment and analysis process, and determine the appropriate reinforcers, consequences, and alternative behaviors to use with learners with disabilities and their challenging behaviors. Creating long-term supports and building self-determination skills for these learners will be examined. PBS issues and challenges will also be debated.

ED 286: Introduction to Special Education I

ED 286 surveys the field of special education and learners with disabilities. The definition of special education will be explored, as well as the laws that govern this system. Students will be introduced to the special education process and how to work collaboratively with the students’ families, school personnel, and other professionals at each stage of the process. An in-depth examination of selected disabilities, its characteristics, prevalence, causes, and classifications will be covered. Students will learn how to identify learners with disabilities, and determine appropriate educational approaches, instructional and behavioral strategies, and placements for these learners. Teachers’ and educational assistants’ roles and responsibilities within the school and classroom settings, and how to be a special education advocate will be addressed. Students will debate issues and challenges confronted by learners with disabilities and their families in the special education system.

ED 287: Introduction to Special Education II

ED 287 will provide students with an in-depth examination of the remaining disabilities, its characteristics, prevalence, causes, and classification will be covered. Students will work with learners with disabilities, and implement appropriate educational, instructional and behavioral approaches for these learners. Students will work under the direction of a special education teacher and carry out appropriate roles and responsibilities.

ED 294: Capstone Seminar & Practicum (Special Education Emphasis)

ED 294 provides students with a hands-on opportunity to work directly with learners with disabilities in preK-12 settings, under the direction and supervision of a certified teacher. Students will carry out roles and responsibilities as assigned by the teacher, and apply what they have learned in previous courses to effectively serve learners with disabilities. Students will also put together a portfolio that will showcase a collection of their work, experiences, and overall credentials.