The Exceptional Child program focuses on research, its application, and design and implementation of instructional methods for children with exceptionalities. This program is offered in a cohort design which promotes collegiality and camaraderie among students. It allows students to focus on relevant educational topics and skills. Students will study with a cohort of educators whose experiences are similar, and this group will become a supportive community of learners. The cohort provides a learner-centered environment for the students.
A significant expectation of this program is the identification by the student of a specific topic of interest. The student will conduct action research, submit a final document to NNU, and share the findings with other educators. The student must also satisfactorily complete the electronic portfolio assessment.
This program is for classroom teachers who hold elementary, secondary, or special education certification and wish to gain further expertise and/or become certified to teach exceptional children. Although internship is required for exceptional child certification, internship is not a degree requirement. For the M.Ed., 32 semester credits are required. For the M.Ed. and certification, 36 semester credits are required.
EDUC7508. Orientation: Exceptional Child (0)
EDUC7510. Overview of Special Education - Forms and Compliance (2)
EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3)
EDUC7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2)
EDUC7534. Intensive Behavioral Intervention (2)
EDUC7540. Research, Theory, and Intervention of Reading Difficulties (3)
EDUC7548. Methods and Adaptations for Exceptional Learners (3)
EDUC7549. IEPs and Transition (3)
EDUC7563. Educational Technology (2)
EDUC7566. Educational Values (1)
EDUC7568. Math Pedagogy and Intervention (3)
EDUC7573. Technology: Exceptional Child (2)
EDUC7576. Special Education Law (3)
EDUC7586. Assessment and Collaboration (2)
EDUC7598c. Seminar: Action Research (1)
Total Credits: 32
Additional Requirements for Certification:
- Earn a passing score on the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment.
- Earn a passing score on the required PRAXIS II special education tests to be recommended for certification.
- Satisfactorily complete EDUC7596 IV Internship in Teaching the Exceptional Child (4).
- Satisfactorily complete electronic portfolio assessment.
EDUC 7508. Orientation: Exceptional Child (0)
This required, non-graded course gives the students an overview of the Exceptional Child program and the policies and procedures of the Graduate Education department, and it introduces them to NNU campus departments with which they will be interacting throughout the program. It also introduces the students to the required Electronic Portfolio, with hands-on demonstrations of how to use the portfolio, what artifacts need to be included, and how to store artifacts.
EDUC 7510. Overview of Special Education - Forms and Compliance (2)
This course introduces students to the required practice and procedures of being a special educator in a 21st century school. The student will learn the necessary steps and forms to ensure compliance to district, state, and federal laws and regulations.
EDUC 7518 Action Research for Educators (3)
Introduction to traditional and action research in the school setting. Literature review, data collection, interpretations, and surveys will be included. Students must prepare an action research proposal as part of the course requirements. For curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and Exceptional Child students.
EDUC 7531 Statistical Applications for Educators (2)
An introduction to statistical approaches to making decisions in K-12 schools. This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in education. No previous course work in statistics is assumed.
EDUC 7534 Intensive Behavioral Intervention (2)
This course includes an overview of specific interventions strategies and their connection to behavior change procedures. The student learns how and where to find recent developments to remain current in this field of practice. The student is responsible to have a culminating portfolio that demonstrates the competencies taught. In order for the student to receive the IBI Interventionist Certificate, the student will be required to take the IBI Certification test.
EDUC 7540 Research, Theory, and Intervention of Reading Difficulties (3)
An in-depth exploration of how children learn to read and why some fail, the structure of the language and its convergence with reading, and explicit research-based methods for assessing and teaching students with reading disabilities. Includes a practicum in which the student will design and implement a focused intervention sequence to improve the reading proficiency of a struggling reader.
EDUC 7548 Methods and Adaptations of Exceptional Learners (3)
Design effective instructional strategies and adapt and implement curricula for students with mild or moderate exceptionalities. Strategies learned are appropriate for inclusive and pullout programs at both the elementary and secondary levels. Content includes methods for teaching language arts, mathematics, and content specific courses.
EDUC 7549 IEPs and Transition (3)
Design, implement, and manage Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), including designing and managing transitional programs. Learn and practice Functional Assessment and designing and managing Behavioral Intervention Plans. As part of transition planning, identify resources agencies, and use these outside sources to strengthen program planning for students.
EDUC 7563 Educational Technology (2)
Helps students gain an awareness of current and emerging computer technologies and devolop practical skills for integrating these technologies in educational settings. Essential and advanced features of softwareapplications will be explored.
EDUC 7566 Educational Values (1)
A study of the educator's role in relation to student and societal values. Includes theories related to moral development and application, approaches to values education, and the educator's responsibility in value formation.
EDUC 7568. Math Pedagogy and Intervention (3)
This class will focus on the reasons some students have difficulties learning mathematics. The components of effective mathematics instruction will be reviewed as well as different instructional models. The impact of learning disabilities on math achievement will be examined. Participants will be required to work individually with a K-12 student who is having difficulty learning mathematics for a minimum of 15 hours over the duration of the class.
EDUC 7573 Technology: Exceptional Child (2)
An overview of technology and assessment for technological needs for varied exceptionalities, such as mobility, prosthetics, orthotics, adaptive devices, visual technologies, hearing technolgies, and the use of ecological assessment. This includes the adaptive use of computers.
EDUC 7576 Special Education Law (3)
Enables students to understand the legal complexities involved in identifying and providing education services to students with special needs. Federal, state, and local laws including IDEA, Section 504, and ADA will be examined as well as case law.
EDUC 7586 Assessment & Collaboration (2)
Choose and administer assessment procedures, collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents. This course marks the completion point of their action research project. This course will include norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, curriculum-based assessments. Strategies for providing indirect services to students with exceptionalities by working effectively with other service providers for effective interventions will be included.
EDUC 7596 IV Internship in Teaching Exceptional Child (4)
An extended period of applied study under the supervision of an on-site supervisor with the support of a graduate faculty member. Two options are available. The first option is a traditional one-term student teaching experience with a cooperating teacher. The second option is designed to accommodate the student who is currently employed as an Exceptional Child educator while working to obtain certification. The student may take two three-week internships with a cooperating teacher selected by NNU and an additional six-week period of intensive supervision in the classroom in which he/she is teaching.
EDUC 7598c. Seminar: Action Research (1)
The purpose of this seminar is to provide guidance and instruction to students completing their action research projects. The finished product is the action research paper and persentation. May be repeated for credit.
- M.Ed. Exceptional Child (for certified teachers) begins August 2013