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Assistant of Children with Special Needs (Certificate Program)

Assistant of Children with Special Needs

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The education courses provide and require fieldwork observations and experiences in diverse classroom settings so prospective teachers and teacher assistants can begin to integrate educational theory and practice. The education faculty develop class work strategies and assignments, in traditional classroom settings and online delivery systems, to infuse general education proficiencies in student learning. Faculty members have also begun designing rubrics and assessment techniques (i.e., electronic portfolios) to assess student learning and provide students with authentic models of student capabilities.

Course Descriptions

COMMUNICATION

CMS 11     3 rec 3 cr
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

Dynamics of communication through examination of theory and discussion. Designed to provide understanding of communicative processes; opportunities for each student to experiment with personal communicative activity
Prerequisite(s): ENG 01 and RDL 01 if required.
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or ENG 10 or RDL 02 if required.

EDUCATION

EDU 10     3 rec 3 cr
Child Study–Birth to Grade 6

Designed to provide opportunities to analyze and apply theories and research findings to all educational aspects of development from birth through childhood. The course examines multicultural, multilingual, inclusive settings and classroom management techniques. The course provides opportunities to plan educational activities for diverse populations and contrasting social and economic environments based on child study and learning theories. Students write and present a child case study. The use of technology is introduced as appropriate. Requires visits to early childhood and childhood learning settings with diverse socioeconomic populations in order to apply systematic observation techniques. The case study will be part of each student's academic portfolio.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 02 and RDL 02. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSY 11.

EDU 26     3 rec 3 cr
Human Relations in–Urban Schools

Norms, values, and roles; observation of human behavior; principles that govern human change; activities that aid social and emotional growth; effective principles and practices of communication through written messages, teacher-parent conferences, telephone calls, and group presentations; handling conflict and criticism; codes of ethics; and knowledge of useful references.
Prerequisite(s): or Corequisite: EDU 10.

EDU 30     3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Special Needs, Schools and Society*

Designed to provide an understanding of the topics of critical importance to the intersection of persons with special needs, schools and society. This course will address a wide range of topics that include, without limitation, special needs legislation; special needs categories; special needs policy; adaptive technology; local and national inclusion policies; medical, psychological and sociological factors for persons with special needs; and available services and resources for persons with special needs. Requires visits to childhood learning environments, with diverse socioeconomic needs, in a special needs setting. The use of technology is introduced as appropriate.
Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite or Corequisite: EDU 10
**Offered fall semester only.

EDU 31     3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Learning Disabilities and Inclusive Education**

Designed to provide an understanding of topics of critical importance to the local and national meanings of learning disabilities and inclusion. This course will address a wide range of topics that include, without limitation, definitions of learning disabilities; diagnostic-prescriptive support; an overview of inclusive education; student characteristics; organization and management of the inclusionary learning environment; and diverse approaches to pedagogical practice. Topics also include models of collaboration, including collaborative team teaching (CTT); classroom management; and assessment and utilization of assistive instructional technologies. Requires visits to childhood learning environments, with diverse socioeconomic needs in an inclusionary educational setting. The use of technology is introduced as appropriate.
Prerequisite(s): EDU 30
**Offered spring semester only.

EDU 40     3 rec 3 cr
Field Work Seminar–Birth to Grade 6

Individual and small-group teaching experiences under professional supervision in an accredited school or agency. Periodic meetings with BCC faculty supervisor. Students must demonstrate competencies pertaining to general knowledge expected of those who completed the Education sequence, and be able to plan educational activities for culturally diverse populations and children with special needs. StudentsÂ’ dispositions and instructional strategies will be assessed. The use of technology is introduced as appropriate. Students will make contributions to their academic portfolio.
Prerequisite(s): EDU 10; EDU 12 or EDU 26. Corequisite: All other education courses and permission of department..

PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 11     3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Psychology

Scientific method in the understanding of human behavior. Introductory study of growth and development, motivation, emotions and mental health, learning, intelligence, and personality evaluation.
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.

PSY 41     3 rec 3 cr
Psychology of Infancy and Childhood

Major factors in psychological development from infancy through childhood; influence of the family biological, cultural, and socio-economic factors in producing normal and abnormal intellectual and emotional growth.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

 

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