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General Course Information for SPD 660: Clear Orientation

Course: SPD 660 - Clear Orientation
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Course Description:

Initiation of the Clear Authorization Program for M/M, M/S or DHH occurs in this Orientation and Planning Seminar. Candidates will develop an IIP with 2-4 competency objectives (application skills), in conjunction with their employer and National university. Competency objectives in their area of specialization may be completed via coursework or professional development. Required:completed first in the program.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Candidates will collaborate and develop an Individualized Induction Plan (IIP) and (a) work in collaboration with National University and their employer, (b) select from a menu of learning options, (c) to develop advanced select skills grounded in current research in their authorization area. PLO 2
  • Candidates will interact with and receive support from professionals (in person or via technology) who are credentialed in the same or related authorization area and/or who are professionals in areas relevant to the needs identified in their IIPs (Individual Induction Plans). PLO 2
  • The candidate will develop an IIP (Individual Induction Plan) based on the Transition Plan from their preliminary program that includes: action, dates, research, application and expected impact on teaching / student achievement. PLO 1,4
  • The candidate will demonstrate awareness of research issues and trends in the field, evidence based practices, and legal issues, related to the topic of focus in their IIP. PLO 4
  • The candidate will demonstrate the ability to base interventions on assessed needs of students. PLO 1,3
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Collaborate with parents, community, general education teachers and district support providers to demonstrate student learning.
  • Design evidence based teaching strategies to measure specialized teaching skills and improve student learning.
  • Develop specialized knowledge to demonstrate skills in teaching for all learners.
  • Synthesize evidence based research, current issues and trends, legal and ethical issues to advance data driven instruction.

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