National University




SPD642 Academic Instruction M/S

Course Description

This course covers identifying and teaching academic content for students with severe disabilities across the educational placement continuum, including instruction in the general curriculum, use of Universal Design principles, and a functional skills approach. The course presents methods for determining functional skills, curriculum selection, development and adaptation to approximate the general education curriculum using the California curriculum frameworks and State standards. Assessment in all areas of academic instruction is emphasized.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate and apply knowledge of the characteristics, including the learning characteristics of students with moderate/severe disabilities.
  • Derive a target set of instructional objectives for a student between the ages of 3 and 22 by conducting an ecological inventory.
  • Identify how the principle of partial participation would be included in teaching functional academics.
  • Contrast a top-down analysis with a developmental or bottom-up analysis.
  • Perform a performance discrepancy analysis.
  • Derive individualized functional instructional objectives, considering the child's current age and potential future targets.
  • Write comprehensive lesson plans connected to grade level standards in Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Health, and the Arts (Art, Music, or Drama).
  • Implement a teacher (candidate)-made curricular material to teach a skill in the area of Reading/Language Arts or Math, to a student with moderate/severe disabilities.
  • Create a lesson plan incorporating the principles of Universal Design to teach a lesson to general education students and students with moderate/severe disabilities in an inclusive setting.