General Course Information for EXC658: Adv. Spc. Mild/Moderate

Course: EXC658 - Adv. Spc. Mild/Moderate
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Course Description: An advanced course in skills needed for effective collaboration, curriculum design and modification and assessment processes for students with mild/moderate disabilities.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate communication skills useful for interfacing with pupils, parents and staff members.
  • Demonstrate communication skills required for effective interface with specialist, co-teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals.
  • Demonstrate communication and collaboration skills useful in working with education, mental health and other community agencies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify community resources available to students, including post-secondary activities.
  • Demonstrate methods of curricular adaptation and sequencing skills and instructional modifications for the disabled students.
  • Creates or makes use of learning environments inside the classroom, as well as in the library media centers or computer labs that promote effective use of technology aligned with the curriculum.
  • Demonstrate effective clinical teaching methods for ensuring student success in general education.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of collaboration and consultation in a co-teaching environment.
  • Collaborate with other teachers, mentors, librarians, resource specialists and other experts to support technology-enhanced curriculum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use data collection to design and modify instructional methods, materials, behavior plans and student schedules.
  • Demonstrates competence in evaluating the authenticity, reliability, bias of the data gathered, determines outcomes and evaluates the success or effectiveness of the process used.
  • Uses a computer application such as databases and spreadsheets to manipulate and analyze data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of use and interpretation of assessments that are sensitive to the cultural, socioeconomic and linguistic characteristics and learning styles of disabled students.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness with positive behavior support plans.
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of Behavior Intervention Specialists.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan, implement and write assessment reports.
  • Demonstrate ability to train and supervise paraprofessional, including staff development activities.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures