General Course Information for SPD632: Charac/Instr Stds w/ M/M Disab

Course: SPD632 - Charac/Instr Stds w/ M/M Disab
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Course Description:

This course provides candidates with knowledge in identifying students with mild/moderate disabilities and their needs for service delivery, placement, IEP development and instruction. Positive behavior support, learning strategies, study skills, instructional and behavioral support partnerships with parents and establishing positive environments are also covered. Candidates will recognize how mild/moderate disabilities affect students in their ability to learn the California core curriculum.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe atypical development and characteristics of children and youths with mild/moderate disabilities and special needs in all categories covered by Federal Law in the Mild/Moderate disabilities;
  • Integrate and apply knowledge of how the characteristics of mild/moderate learners affects learning the core curriculum;
  • Coordinate and collaborate the comprehensive instructional program for students with mild/moderate disabilities using the core curriculum standards;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate units of instruction from the elementary level based on IEP Goals that use evidence based curriculum and instruction;
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate instruction from the secondary level based on IEP goals that use evidence based curriculum and instruction;
  • Implement evidence based technology, when appropriate, in order for students with mild/moderate disabilities to access the core curriculum;
  • Select general education core curriculum lessons to modify/adapt for students with mild/moderate disabilities to successfully access general education curriculum in the area of reading, writing and math.

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:
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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