National University




JJS601 Field Experience & Orientation

Lead Faculty: Dr. Cindy E. Sytsma

Course Description

By observation and interview the student will get an understanding of the roles of the teacher in an incarceration facility, mental health facility, alternative education setting or a non-public school. They will examine the differences and similarities between the missions and goals of interacting and coordinating agencies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the relationship of special education within the various coordinating agencies.
  • Evaluate the responsibilities of the legal, judicial and educational systems serving individuals with emotional/behavioral disorders and other special education categories, placed in out of school facilities.
  • Distinguish between the principles of normalization and the concepts of least restrictive environment for individuals who are incarcerated or in mental health facilities.
  • Analyze the educational implications of various exceptionalities as presented in incarcerated or hospitalized students, or students out of mainstream schools.
  • Evaluate what the effects an exceptional condition(s) can have on an individual's life in the juvenile justice system.
  • Analyze functional classroom designs for individuals with emotional/behavior disorders.
  • Compare and contrast screening, pre-referral, referral, and classification procedures in various settings.