Course Descriptions

TitleStudent Teaching Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Supervised full day semester long student teaching in settings serving individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. This includes individuals with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate mental retardation, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorders within the disability area, in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available. Focus is on curriculum and instruction planning and delivery that addresses the individual needs of students while maintaining the integrity of age appropriate state mandated subject matter standards. Competency is demonstrated in relation to referral, assessment, IEP/IT P/BIP process, instruction, intervention, intervention, program, instructional and materials modification, consultation, coteaching, teacher inservice, behavior planning, and intervention. Theory, practice and research are integrated into activities designed to provide education specialists with a multiplicity of strategies and techniques for working with students, paraeducators, and general educators and ancillary professionals across the spectrum of inclusive education options. This course stresses the development and implementation of individual educational plans (IEPs) and individual transition plans (IT Ps). Planning and delivery of instruction concurrently attends to the need of English Language Learning and the diversity of student,
parent and community norms.

Candidates must attend mandatory Saturday seminar classes related to practicum experience and the development of their state required Individual Induction Plan. Interns are required to attend all seminar sessions in every semester enrolled in a special education student teaching course.

*Traditional candidates enroll in a 6-unit practicum for their primary credential. Interns must enroll in at least 1-unit of practicum every semester under approved USD/District Intern contract and must complete a minimum of 6-units.

Prerequisite: A candidates must file the formal Petition to Enroll in Special Education Form and submit and successfully pass the Midpoint Portfolio Review by the special education faculty the Fall or Spring semester prior to the practicum. Policies and procedures are outlined in the Graduate Candidate Manual and the filing date will be announced to all candidates via their official USD Email
Address. Contact your Special Education Program Advisor and/or the Field Placement Coordinator during the first month of the Fall or Spring term in which you are requesting practicum approval for details.

Fieldwork fee: $200