Special Education, LBS 1

Study Format Online

This endorsement program is 100% online.

Program Length 18 credit hours

 

Concordia University Chicago's LBS 1 Endorsement Program is designed for licensed educators (Type 03, 09, 10, or 29 certificates) with two or more years of teaching experience interested in working with a special education population or developing the skills necessary to work with students with specific learning needs within their current teaching situation.

This endorsement will prepare you to take the LBS 1 examination. You will learn how to meet the academic and learning needs exceptional learners. Through this course of study, you will build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of special education while learning practical skills necessary to be successful as teacher of Special Education students.

As part of your course of study, you will be required to complete 100 field work hours (divided between your courses) at a school of your choice. Your observations and work with exceptional learners in special and regular education settings will serve as an opportunity for you to apply and reflect on what you learn in your courses.

Curriculum

Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner

This course is designed to identify the characteristics of exceptional learners. Applicable laws and policies, response to intervention, educational program development based on empirically-supported instructional techniques, assessment and IEP procedures, and transition planning will be examined.

Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Academic and Physical Challenges

This course is designed to identify the characteristics of individuals ages 3-21 with moderate and severe developmental, physical, and multiple disabilities. The course will examine the impact of language disorders, processing deficits, behavioral/emotional and sensory disabilities on the development of individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. The course will examine opportunities to support learning, social, personal daily living, and vocational needs of students.

Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Challenges

This course is designed to examine the curriculum, instruction, and materials for teaching students with moderate and severe developmental disabilities and students with physical disabilities. The course will also examine strategies for activities of daily living and the use adaptive technology.

Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities

This course is designed to identify the characteristics of individuals ages 3-21 with specific learning disabilities and emotional disabilities. The impact of characteristics on the cognitive, academic, language, and social development of individuals will be examined.

Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities

This course is designed to examine the organization and implementation of curriculum, materials and management to facilitate acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of skills for students with learning disabilities. The course also examines the organization of the classroom and school environment for teaching and facilitating social, behavioral and emotional needs of students with emotional disorders. Also included are instructional planning and design, instructional and community goals.

Curriculum-Based and Educational Measurement of Exceptional Learners

This course is designed to examine the diagnostic procedures that guide instruction of exceptional learners within the least restrictive environment. The course will also include use and analysis of standardized and curriculum based assessment and assessment techniques to support the learning of students.

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