EDA 51400 Foundations and Administration of Special Education

Through direct experience, observation, and reflective practice, students will develop the fundamental skills need to become competent, conscientious, and compassionate special education administrators. Students will learn to analyze and apply administrative skills in the areas of school finance, planning, data collection, personnel preparation and supervision, assessment of student with disabilities, adaptation of curriculum and specialized materials as related to students who have English as a Second Language (ESL), the referral process for considering special education (Response to Intervention - RtI), the use of assistive technology as an instructional modality. Additionally, this course will address the needs of diverse learners within the context of assessment, instructional planning and delivery, particularly in the core subjects which include numeracy and age appropriate literacy instruction, as well as classroom management. Finally, this course will provide guidance in the supervision of school personnel, current topics, including bullying, and the importance of collaboration, consultation, and communication with parents, teachers and other professionals. While delivering services in the role of a special education administrator, students will respond to the various ethical, legal, cultural, and interpersonal concerns presented and will adhere to the CEC Code of Ethics and Standards for Professional Practice. Course requirement includes 150 hours of field experience.