Semester 1

SPED 105 Introduction to Educational Psychology (3 units) /SPED 100 Introduction to Special Education (3 units). The purpose of Educational Psychology is to understand major topics in educational psychology, child development, and that everyone learns differently. Principles of learning, cognition, classroom management, motivation, instruction, assessment, intelligence, reasoning, moral & cognitive development, and diversity will be studied. Theories such as behaviorism, social cognitive, constructivism, and humanism will also be considered.  The purpose of Intro to Special Education is to provide special education pre-service (and when appropriate in-service) teachers with knowledge and skills needed to promote learning and success for all students, including those at risk for school failure and those with special needs. Students will be introduced to current research and issues emphasizing a collaborative problem-solving approach.  Students will develop skills needed for planning and delivering the services necessary to productivity and inclusion of exceptional and diverse learners in school and community life.

ED 300 General Education Practicum #1 (1 unit). The focus of this course is for teacher candidates to experience a general education setting. By interacting with students, teacher candidates will be preparing for their future career by practicing actual principles required for successful inclusion and collaboration, with a focus on understanding the general education experience and perspective. Consistent with the mission of the LDA Minnesota, all of our Practicums aim to strengthen effective educational practice, promote inquiry, and build leadership skills for general and special educators and professionals in related fields to collaborate amongst each other.

SPED 110 Math Strategies (3 units). The purpose of this course is to prepare students to teach mathematics to students with mild disabilities in K-12 school. Students will acquire skills that will enable them to use Minnesota State Standards as a basis for instructional programming in mathematics. Through theoretical, scientifically based math instruction, students will be able to incorporate evidence-based methodology to plan, instruct, and assess their students’ academic progress and use this information to make instructional decisions.

ED 200 Clinical seminar #1 (1 unit). The focus of this semester of Clinical Seminar is on setting positive expectations in the classroom, understanding basic principles of classroom management, and understanding your role as a teacher in Minnesota.

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