Semester 3

SPED 150 Transition from School to Work and Community Living (4 units). This course will emphasize the use and application of effective strategies and models for improving the transition of youth from school to work and community living for students grade 9 through age 21. This will include course content that specifically addresses all phases of student assessment; individualized transition planning; parent, family and student involvement in designing post school options; use of appropriate community-based services (employment, residential living, social and recreational services); and comprehensive interagency approaches to transition.

ED 302 Secondary Practicum #3 (1 unit). The focus of this course is for teacher candidates to experience a secondary classroom. 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 secondary special education experience and perspective.

SPED 145 Writing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) (3 units). This course will provide students with the skills to write and carry out Individual Education Plans (IEPS) for both elementary-aged students, as well as students in middle school/junior high.  Please note, IEPs for transition-aged students (grade 9-age 21) will be covered in the transition class.  Students will learn who is legally required to be invited to IEP meetings, how to invite both parents and students into the planning process as active participants, all components of the IEP – based on Minnesota standards and requirements, participate in an IEP meeting role play, and hear from a variety of guest speaker panels on important information related to the IEP process in the schools.

ED 202 Clinical Seminar #3 (1 unit).The focus of this semester of Clinical Seminar is on deepening your understanding of instructional design with a focus on utilizing appropriate technology resources in your lessons.  This semester you will continue to work with your LDA Mentor as you will develop more advanced instructional design skills. The assignments you complete this semester directly correlate with the work required on the edTPA (which you will complete next semester).  Additionally, you will hear from several guest speakers on important topics (grief and loss, incorporating relevant technology into your lessons and classrooms) related to your teaching career.  This semester, you will also complete a book study in a small group.

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