New York City Department of Education | Evaluated Learning Experience
EDU 730: Secondary Special Education
90 hours (16 weeks).
September 2019 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand their role as secondary Students with Disabilities educators in supporting students to be educated in their Least Restrictive Environment as well as their role in engaging in multi-tiered levels of support at the secondary level; understand how to approach equity in special education so that they can begin to define and practice an equity and people-first approach in the classroom; will develop a critically conscious mindset toward education that is critical of systemic and disproportional outcomes for student subgroups; understand theories of neurotypical adolescent development and how the typical features of adolescence as well as identified disability might impact performance in the classroom, with a focus on the academic and social-emotional performance; incorporate social-emotional practices and youth development skills into the classroom environment, taking a progressive restorative – not retributive - approach to behavior and development when responding to student needs and developing an understanding of pedagogical practices that promote a teacher and student growth mindset; and build out an exemplar developmentally appropriate strength-based plan to support student engagement in academics.
This course is taught in an online, module format (with a required textbook) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency-based assessments, collaborative discussion boards, student activity and observations/reflections. Students receive ongoing coaching and feedback from experienced facilitators throughout the process. The program consists of ten modules of coursework in four cycles, focusing on the NYC DOE Vision of Excellent Instruction, theories of adolescent development, and best practices for student transition planning, specially designed instruction, and teaching literacy and math. Prerequisites: Students must possess a bachelor’s degree; hold a valid NYS SwD Grades 1-6 Generalist Certificate; have completed the Liberal Arts Core (college coursework - English Language Arts - 6 S.H.; college coursework - Concepts in Historical and Social Sciences - 6 S.H.; college coursework - Scientific Processes - 6 S.H.; college coursework - Mathematical Processes - 6 S.H.; complete and pass the following exam: Multi-subject: Secondary Teachers CST (241/242/245); and must complete 'Dignity For All Students Act' and Autism workshops.
In the graduate degree category, 6 semester hours total (3 semester hours in Adolescent Development and Transitional Planning, and 3 semester hours in Methods in Special Education and Secondary Special Education) (4/19).