Program Goals

Special Education Program Goals

The Special Education Program adopted in 2010, the following goals which reflect our approach to special education teacher preparation:

  1. Communicate the legal and historical foundations of special education as they relate to the current populations served and the dynamic relationship within general education.
  2. Communicate the empirical and psychological foundations of special education as they relate to current motivational and instructional methods used in special education today.
  3. Demonstrate representative formal and informal assessment techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, essential to individualized and group special education services.
  4. Exhibit cultural and linguistic sensitivity toward learners from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Encourage the use of critical teaching behaviors derived from current teacher effectiveness research appropriate to students with mild/moderate/severe disabling conditions.
  6. Extend special education services downward via early intervention and upward via transition training demonstration projects.
  7. Promote professional interpersonal relations appropriate to the roles and responsibilities essential to comprehensive special education services.
  8. Use training methods derived from current training effectiveness research appropriate to methods and field supervision courses.
  9. Meet the changing demands of the profession as determined by periodic state and local needs assessments, reviews of the professional literature, attendance at professional conferences, and faculty participation in the classroom.
  10. Balance theory, research, and practice.


Special Education Program Knowledge Base

The knowledge base emphasizes the work and scholarship of educational philosophers researchers, and practitioners that support the school and division goals and is composed of the following categories:

Knowledge Base CategoryTheorists, Researchers, Practitioners
Learning Disabilities & LearningBos, Deshler, Forness, Fuchs, D. & L, Hammil, Kavale, Kirk, Kaufmann, Lerner, Piaget, Schumaker, Swanson, Vaughn, Vygotsky, Wong
Developmental DisabilitiesBeirne-Smith, Boswell, Greenspan, Ittenbach, Koegel Macmillan, Odom, Patton, Volkmar,
BehaviorRutherford, Morse, Lovaas, Adler, Maslow
Low Incidence DisabilitiesChen, Ferrell, Fraiberg,
ELL & Cultural DiversityBacca, Chen, Eschevaria, Guralnick, Ortiz,
Early Intervention & FamiliesGuralnick, Hanson, Linder; Lynch, Turnbull & Turnbull,
AssessmentMcLoughlin & Lewis, Overton, Salvia, Ysseldyke,
CollaborationArtilles, Coe, Cook, Friend
Assistive TechnologyBehrman, Edyburn,