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SPE-326 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher


This course includes a brief history, as well as legal foundations of current special education models and practices.  The course explores characteristics of students with disabilities, as well as at-risk populations in general education. The course addresses the responsibilities of educators, exploring generic strategies for programming for special needs students in the general education classroom, including the Common Core Standards.  This course is required for all Maryland teachers.  [3 credits]


  1. Describe the models, theories, and philosophies that form the basis of special education practice
  2. Identify the legal requirements related to the educational programming for students with disabilities
  3. Describe the relationship between special education and the organization and functioning of educational agencies
  4. Discuss the characteristics of students with various disabilities
  5. Explain issues related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education settings
  6. Apply curricular adaptations and modifications which enable students with disabilities to learn essential content in general education settings
  7. Explain the basic elements of alternative instructional approaches for addressing the needs of students with disabilities
  8. Describe the role of the general and special educator in various programming models used to provide instruction and to support students with disabilities in educational settings
  9. Identify the role of the parent in the special education process
  10. Discuss the needs of students with disabilities who have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


  1. Text assignments
  2. Article review                                                            
  3. Personal philosophy of special education                            
  4. Presentation of special topic in special education   
  5. Case study analysis                         


Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.


This course does not require any assignments prior to the first class.