NNU is now offering two Exceptional Child programs. Both programs focus on research, its application, and design and implementation of instructional methods for children with exceptionalities. These programs are 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.
The Advanced 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. For certified teachers in the Advanced Program, an internship is required for exceptional child certification. Internship is not a degree requirement. For the M.Ed. Advanced program 32 semester credits are required. For the M.Ed. and certification in the Advanced program 36 semester credits are required.
Basic and Advanced Program
The Basic & Advanced Program enables those with a bachelorís degree in another field to earn exceptional child certification. Additional training in aspects of regular education that are important to teaching students with exceptionalities is part of the program. For students in the Basic & Advanced Program, courses in basic education and student teaching are required for completion. Field Experience is required in several of the courses. For M.Ed. and certification in the Basic & Advanced program 60 semester credits are required.
Required Courses for the Advanced Program:
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.
Additional Required Courses for the Basic and Advanced Program:
EDUC7300. Math Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
EDUC7324. Classroom Management (3)
EDUC7325. Instructional Support (1) or EDUC7696.Field Experience (1)
EDUC7331. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
EDUC7340. Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (3)
EDUC7535. Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
EDUC7541. Learning Exceptionalities for the Classroom Teacher (3)
EDUC7574. Student Teaching in Special Education (8)
EDUC7610. Introduction to Teaching (1)
EDUC7651. Teaching Methods in Secondary Schools (3)
Total Credits: 60
EDUC 7300. Math Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
Lab-oriented exploration of Mathematical concepts to provide understanding of basic mathematical structures and strategies for elementary teachers. Pre-requisite: 6 credits of mathematics - algebra or higher level.
EDUC 7324. Classroom Management (3)
An in-depth study of classroom management principles and practices for elementary teachers. Focus is on equipping future teachers with knowledge and skills for effectively managing a classroom. Course explores motivation, classroom environment, minimizing management problems through proactive strategies, and systematically modifying inappropriate behavior.
EDUC 7325. Instructional Support (1)
This course takes the place of Field Experience for those who are teaching special education. The year-long course is designed to give support to newly hired special education teachers with temporary credentials working on special education certification. NNU faculty will give frequent, intensive supervision and support in the studentís K-12 special education classroom.
EDUC 7331. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
This course includes exploration of the unique cultural values of children and families whose primary language is not English and study of teaching strategies for helping all students to succeed. Course includes a 15-hour multicultural field experience. Pre-requisite: EDUC7610 Introduction to Teaching.
EDUC 7340. Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (3)
This course includes methods, materials, and theoretical bases for reading instruction in an elementary classroom, as well as methods of literacy assessment and intervention. Research-based components of effective literacy instruction are taught, including phonemic awareness, phonics, morphology, syllabication, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The course is designed to meet the requirements of Idaho code ß 33-1207A and Idaho's Comprehensive Literacy Plan. A field experience is included.
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 7535. Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
An exploration of principles and strategies for helping all students to access content materials presented in secondary classrooms. Course focuses on teaching content vocabulary, activating prior knowledge, effectively using text materials and graphic organizers to improve comprehension, and designing lesson plans that promote content literacy. Also included are strategies for making content comprehensible for English Language Learners and other at-risk students. A 15-hour multicultural field experience provides students with the opportunity to apply strategies in a setting reflecting diverse student needs.
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 7541. Learning Exceptionalities for the Classroom Teacher (3)
A survey of the characteristics and educational needs of students with learning challenges and those identified as gifted. Course emphasizes causes, incidence, and implications of disabilities and practical strategies for assisting all students to succeed in the regular classroom. Also included is information on special education law and individual educational plans as they apply to general education teachers. A 15-hour field experience is included.
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 7574. Student Teaching in Special Education (8)
Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching conducted under the supervision of a certified special education teacher and NNU supervisor. Weekly seminars are part of this program. Students participating in fall student teaching should plan to report to their assigned school the first day that teachers report. Students already employed must have a certified special education teacher as a school supervisor. Pre-requisite: Approval for student teaching.
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.
EDUC 7610. Introduction to Teaching (1)
Exploration of the rewards and challenges of the teaching profession. Course includes discussion of current issues in education, a preview of the NNU education program, insights from enthusiastic educators, and a 25-hour field experience at the grade level of the student's interest.
EDUC 7651. Teaching Methods in Secondary Schools (3)
An investigation of teaching methods and techniques appropriate for the secondary school classroom. Theoretical principles upon which teaching strategies are based and the principles of classroom management will be considered. Lesson and unit planning are included. Mini-Cross-Cultural Experience. Co-requisite: Methods course in teaching area or first and second teaching fields.
EDUC 7696. Field Experience (1)
An overview of lesson planning, principles of learning and classroom observation, and participation. The observation and participation component includes 30 hours of field experience. Student placements are based on previous field work and individual needs.
- M.Ed. Exceptional Child Advanced (for certified teachers) begins August 2013
- M.Ed. Exceptional Child Basic & Advanced (for non-certified persons) begins August 2013