New York City Department of Education | Evaluated Learning Experience
EDU 750: Secondary Students with Disabilities
283 hours (40 weeks).
August 2021 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: assess their role as secondary special educators in supporting students to be educated in their Least Restrictive Environment; define their role in engaging in multi-tiered levels of support at the secondary level; develop approach and apply principals of equity in special education; develop a critically conscious mindset; describe components of an Individualized Education Program; write strong IEPs targeted to students’ areas of strength and growth that are aligned to the Next Generation State Learning Standards; evaluate the purpose, characteristics, and limitations of different assessment types; evaluate and apply best practices for monitoring progress and tracking data for students with IEPs; collaborate with the IEP team to develop strong transition plans based on NYC DOE transition planning policies, student and family participation and attainment of graduation and/or certification requirements and rigorous postsecondary goals; apply best practices in secondary special education when planning and implementing Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and differentiation strategies, including consistently analyzing student work; describe and anticipate how students’ disabilities affect learning of content; create and implement interventions to support access to grade level curriculum; and identify the key elements of rigorous literacy and math instruction at the secondary level.
This course is taught in an online, module format (with a required textbook) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency-based assessments, collaborative discussion, student activity and observations/reflections. Students receive ongoing coaching and feedback from experienced facilitators throughout the process. The program consists of 20 modules of coursework in five 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 Secondary (grades 7-12) Content 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, 12 semester hours distributed as follows: 3 semester hours in Curriculum Adaptation and Modification Planning for Exceptional Students – Adolescent; 3 semester hours in Foundations of Education for Students with Special Needs; 3 semester hours in Assessment and Evaluation of Individuals with Disabilities; and 3 semester hours in Positive Learning Environments for Middle Childhood or Adolescent Development (7/21).