Goals and Objectives of Undergraduate Program in Special Education

1. In order to prepare educators who are reflective decision-makers, the program requires students to be knowledgeable of normal development in cognitive, social-emotional and language areas and within that framework focus on how students vary in abilities, skills and maturation

a. Educators will explain normal cognitive development.
b. Educators will explain normal social-emotional development.
c. Educators will explain normal language development.
d. Educators will explain how students vary in abilities, skills and maturation.

2. In order to prepare educators who are reflective decision-makers, the program prepares students to differentiate variation in abilities, skills and maturation and determine congruence with current curricula as a basis for setting goals and objectives.

a. Educators will develop goals and objectives for students based on abilities, skills and maturation and congruence with current curricula.

3. The program uses a problem-solving framework to teach reflective decision-making by observing and collecting information on students as a basis for setting goals and objectives, planning instruction and evaluating the teaching program.

a. Educators will demonstrate problem-solving processes for educational tasks.
b. Educators will demonstrate skills in observing and collecting information on students.
c. Educators will utilize assessment information as a basis for setting goals and objectives.
d. Educators will utilize assessment information as a basis for planning instruction.
e. Educators will utilize assessment information to evaluate the teaching program.

4.The program provides education in a variety of teaching methods and curricular approaches that emphasize creatively using the students’ knowledge and background as a basis for designing teaching and transition programs.

a. The educator will utilize a variety of teaching methods and curricular approaches.
b.The educator will develop teaching and transition programs based on the students' knowledge and background.

5.The program provides training in working collaboratively with families and professionals and in managing a positive classroom environment so there is time for focused learning within an accepting and inviting atmosphere.

a. The educator will work collaboratively with parents and professionals in designing and managing educational programs
b. The educator will manage a positive classroom environment that is accepting and inviting.
c. The educator will design and manage an educational environment that allows adequate time for focused learning.

6. The program provides students with the skills to access and reflect on information in the field of special education through the use of technology, journals, books and conferences so that their education will continue after graduation.

a. The educator will access and reflect on information in the field of special education and related areas through the use of journals, books and other media.
b. The educator will maintain currency in special education information through the use of media such as journals and books and through other professional development activities such as workshops and conferences.
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