EDS 55400 Practicum for Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings (1-3)

This course is the second of practicum courses required by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As per requirements from MO DESE, practicum hours are to be completed outside of teaching contract hours. Working with a special education teacher in a cross categorical setting, students will apply the principles, techniques, strategies and methods taught in EDS 52600. Practicum students will be responsible for observing and working with special education students throughout the semester under the supervision of a certified special education teacher. Development of an Individual Education Program (IEP), lesson plans, and progress reports will be required. This class will lead to teaching certification for mild and moderate disabilities K-12. Service delivery models of collaborative teaching, consultative services, itinerant teaching and resource support services will be emphasized. The practicum courses should be taken after other coursework. Practicum courses are offered during fall and spring semesters to allow for supervision in school by certified special education teacher in the candidate's school. For those who teach in charter, private or parochial schools where there is not a special education certified teacher to supervise on site, special arrangements can be made to complete the practicum during the summer. Only one three-hour practicum course may be taken at the same time.