Semester 1

SPED 105 Introduction to Educational Psychology (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.  This course is offered the summer prior to the candidate starting the program.

SPED 100 Introduction to Special Education (3 units).  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 140: Academic, Behavioral, and Environmental Strategies in Action: Focusing on the Disabilities of the ABS License (3 units). This course will provide the teacher candidate with descriptions and applications of methods and strategies for teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities (EBD, SLD, DCD, OHD, ASD) in need of an adapted curriculum. Candidates will participate in a variety of activities to demonstrate knowledge and skills to meet the academic and behavioral needs of learners in primary through secondary levels. Candidates will learn educational programming techniques, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate interventions in a variety of roles including consultation and co-teaching.

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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