Theory and practice in planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum for individuals with disabilities; techniques for modifying curriculum and materials for individualized programming. Field-site curriculum implementation is required. Materials fee.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Knowledge: The candidate will 1. Demonstrate knowledge of curricula as a means for the development of academic, affective, and functional life skills. 2. Define the curriculum development process and identify the major steps in developing curricula. 3. Identify and prioritize areas of the general curriculum and accommodations for individuals with exceptional learning needs. 4. Identify issues in planning curriculum and instruction for ALL students, including those with disabilities. 5. Identify and understand the major precepts of universal design for learning in the curriculum development and implementation process. 6. Identify and understand the principles of differentiation in the curriculum development and implementation process. 7. Identify major curriculum models and theories related to school-to-work, transition and inclusion. 8. Identify life skills/competencies relevant to independent, community, and personal living and employment. 9. Develop, sequence and evaluate curriculum units related to post-school goals. Skills: The candidate will 10. Interpret and use assessment data for instructional planning. 11. Develop and/or select instructional content, materials, resources, and strategies that respond to cultural, linguistic, and gender differences. 12. Conduct needs assessment to guide curriculum development. 13. Integrate academic, social-emotional and functional skills into the curriculum. 14. Develop curriculum procedures to increase the individual’s self-awareness, self-control, self-reliance, and self-esteem. 15. Prepare appropriate lesson plans. 16. Sequence, implement, and evaluate individualized learning objectives. 17. Apply principles of differentiation appropriately based upon individual student needs. 18. Develop “pre” and “post” assessments that measure student achievement. 19. Use instructional time effectively. 20. Develop curriculum in a collaborative effort with peers, other professionals and community resources. 21. Integrate career and academic content in lesson plans, including formal and authentic assessment. Dispositions: The candidate will 22. Model professional behavior, collaboration and research skills in the curriculum development process. 23. Demonstrate awareness and inclusion of diversity in the curriculum development and implementation processes. 24. Respond appropriately to constructive feedback regarding presentation of self, professionalism, and course assignments. 25. Develop and value a personal philosophy of curriculum.