EDTC 610 Advanced Study of Teaching Special Populations (3)
Students build upon the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during preliminary preparation for teaching K–12 students with disabilities, at-risk students, and gifted and talented students. Candidates become familiar with the statutory provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), subsequent changes in the act, and any new and/or relevant statutory requirements. Candidates learn the statutory and/or local provisions relating to the education of students who are gifted and talented. Candidates develop skills in how to create an inclusive climate, specialized instruction, and assessment of students with special needs and/or disabilities. Candidates learn instructional strategies to provide K–12 students with disabilities the appropriate learning opportunities to master grade-level, state-adopted academic content standards for students at high performance levels. Candidates learn to establish cooperative and collaborative relationships with community and school professionals significant to the education of students with disabilities and with students’ caregivers, as well as with community and school professionals significant to the education of gifted and talented students. A teaching position in a K-12 classroom is desired for participants in this class.