Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits
As you approach the completion of your coursework in special education, you’re prepared to experience first-hand the rewards and challenges of teaching. In EDPS 56010I Intense Intervention Practicum in Special Education, you’ll gain essential teaching experience as you incorporate the needs of students with intense disabilities into an active classroom.
You will plan, deliver, manage, assess and reflect on an entire classroom or caseload. Your special education experience will be directed by a qualified cooperating teacher and will have university-provided supervision.
What You’ll Learn in EDPS 56010I
In this practicum, you’ll create video presentations of your classroom experiences, complete CEC tasks and write a weekly journal, which gives you the opportunity to observe your own personal and professional growth. Your supervised teaching experience in special education will be completed in an elementary or secondary school accredited by your state of residency. All activities will be carried out under the direction of a course instructor, cooperating teacher and university supervisor.
Throughout this course, you will be responsible for three assignments, which include:
- A weekly reflective journal.
- An EdTPA Portfolio, using MediaSpace, a video/screencast tool that will automatically place your presentation on the media server for your instructor’s review. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system that measures the skills and knowledge that all teachers need to begin teaching in a classroom.
- A CEC Portfolio documenting your task exercises.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of EDPS 56010I, you will be able to:
- Provide instruction that is responsive to student differences and promotes development and learning for all students.
- Match expectations to the unique characteristics, abilities, developmental levels and behavior of students.
- Identify characteristics of students with disabilities and design classroom accommodations.
- Adjust instruction according to student needs and performances.
- Use a variety of evidence-based instructional strategies.
- Plan and deliver standards-based, data-driven differentiated instruction that actively engages students in the learning process.
- Demonstrate an appreciation and concern for students as individuals and interact with them in positive ways that encourage and teach appropriate behavior.
- Model effective use of language.
- Demonstrate effective classroom and behavior management and establish a positive, productive and safe learning environment with high expectations for all students.
- Integrate instructional technology by creating instructional materials, delivering instruction using technology or encouraging student use of technology in assignments.
- Reflect on practices.
- Safely and therapeutically intervene with students in crisis.
- Develop IEPs anchored in both general and special curricula with students, families and others.
- Conduct formal and informal assessments of behavior, achievement and environments to effectively promote learning.
- Engage in professional development activities to remain current with best practices.
- Collaborate effectively with colleagues, parents and others to increase the effectiveness of instruction and engage in professional growth.
*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.
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To learn more about the online MSEd in Special Education curriculum from Purdue University, including Intense Intervention Practicum, call (877) 497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.