A listing of special education courses offered by the Graduate School of Education this summer.
For New, Current, and Returning Students: Take a Class This Summer!All courses are given on our Cambridge campus, and all are three credits. Some classes have more than one section offered; you can choose the one that is most convenient. Once one section is filled, you will need to choose the other. See main Graduate School of Education Summer Offerings page for registration information.
Section 01: Wednesday, June 1, 4:00 pm-6:30 pm; Tues/Thurs, June 2-July 14, 4:00 pm-6:30 pmSection 02: Tues/Thurs, June 28-August 4, 12:30 pm-3:30 pm. This
course provides an introduction to the profession of Special Education.
From an inclusive perspective, the course examines the characteristics
of disabling conditions, as well as the effects of societal attitudes,
the historical context of special education, and state and federal law.
The range of service delivery provided by schools and agencies will be
addressed. Instructor Section 01: Abigail Hanscom; Instructor Section 02: Janet Sauer
Weekends (Sat/Sun) July 16-17 and August 13-14, 8:00 am–5:00 pmThe
design of curriculum and instruction for diverse learners in inclusive
classrooms is the focus of this course. Course participants investigate
universally designed approaches that draw on brain research,
differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences approaches, and new
technologies to respond to the needs of all learners, including students
with disabilities and students who are culturally and/or linguistically
diverse. Course participants will be introduced to Response to
Intervention as well as to evidence-based practices that provide access
to the curriculum for all learners. Instructor: Dennett Sidell
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, July 18-August 18, 4:00 pm–6:30 pmThis
course examines content and teaching approaches focusing on reading and
writing for PreK-12 students with and without learning and other
disabilities. Topics include evidence-based approaches for promoting
growth in word analysis, comprehension, vocabulary, and composition.
Class participants work with educational standards and have the
opportunity to address all content areas in developing a variety of
specific modifications and interventions based upon individual needs and
designed to address and remediate learning problems as specified by the
I.E.P. Instructor: Michele Lippens
Thursdays, June 2-July 14, 4:00 pm-6:30 pmThis course offers an opportunity to investigate an area of interest in the field of special education. Such exploration may take the form of a project for classroom use (e.g., approaches to writing for middle school learners with learning disabilities); an area of special education explored through research (e.g., autism spectrum disorders); or settings the student would like to study through observation and research (e.g., schools and classrooms for children with emotional disorders). Project will include reading, research, and field experience. Instructor: Barbara Govendo
Section 02: Tues/Thurs, June 28 - August 4, 12:30 pm-3:30 pmSection 03: Weekends (Sat/Sun), June 18-19 and July 16-17, 8:00 am-5:00 pmSection 04: Weekends (Sat/Sun), June 25-26 and July 30-31, 8:00 am-5:00 pm This
course addresses the social and behavioral aspects of the classroom.
Participants analyze a range of classroom management approaches, with
particular focus on preventing and proactively addressing student
behavior problems in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.
Participants examine strategies for developing and maintaining
appropriate standards of behavior and enhancing the emotional
development of children. Central themes include analyzing behavior,
developing individualized strategies for addressing challenging
behaviors, and creating opportunities for learning effective social
skills. A range of environmental, social, behavioral, psycho-educational
and cognitive theories and interventions are reviewed and critiqued.
Effective strategies for collaborative problem-solving, conflict
resolution, and family involvement are also addressed. Instructor Section 02: TBA; Instructor Section 03: James Keefe; Instructor Section 04: Dennett Sidell
Section 01: Weds, June 1, 7 pm-9:30 pm; Tues/Thurs June 2-July 14, 7 pm-9:30 pmSection 02: Weekends (Sat/Sun) July 9-10 and August 6-7, 8 am-5 pmAssessment
is a legal and professional responsibility of all special educators.
This course will focus on eligibility determination from assessment to
program planning, including re-evaluation for the purpose of continued
eligibility. The process of interpretation of test results to meaningful
curricular decision-making and professional communication of this
information to team members will be a primary outcome of the course.
Students will focus on assessment methods and procedures used in
eligibility determination and program planning for students with
disabilities, as well as students who are culturally and linguistically
diverse. Instructor Sections 01 and 02: Linda Guttrich
Weekends (Sat/Sun), June 18-19 and July 23-24, 8 am-5 pm.This course examines speech and language acquisition and development from birth through adolescence, addressing typical and atypical language development as well as first and second language acquisition. Focus is on the neurological basis of communication, developmental milestones, verbal and non-verbal communication and language diversity as differentiated from disorder. Connections between culture and communication, socialization language delays and communication disorders will be studied. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) are described and modeled throughout the course. Instructor: Patricia Mason
Section 01: Mon/Tues/Thurs, July 18-August 18, 4:00 pm-6:30 pmSection 02: Weekends (Sat/Sun), June 4-5 and June 25-26, 8 am-5 pm This
course focuses on models and strategies for collaboration among general
and special educators, families, outside evaluators, and the community
to support students with and without disabilities and to help create
positive educational change. Development of effective interpersonal
communication skills in working with teachers, outside agencies, and
families of students from culturally and linguistically diverse
backgrounds will be emphasized. The teacher’s roles and responsibilities
as a professional and as a collaborative consultant will be explored.
Use of outside agencies, services and community resources will be
addressed. Instructor Section 01: Jennifer Williams; Instructor Section 02: Abigail Hanscom
Section 01: Weds, June 1, 4 pm-6:30 pm; Tues/Thurs June 2-July 14, 4 pm-6:30 pmSection 02: Weekends (Sat/Sun), July 16-17 and August 13-14, 8 am-5 pmThis
course will focus on the Individualized Educational Program (I.E.P.)
process from referral to eligibility determination and placement,
including legal rights and responsibilities. Based upon interpretation
of case study assessment results, students will develop legally and
educationally appropriate I.E.P.s to meet identified needs and recommend
appropriate accommodations, modifications, and specialized instruction.
The roles and responsibilities of various education professionals and
family members with regard to implementation, collaboration,
documentation, and progress reporting will be explored. Specialized
programs for students with disabilities will be investigated.
Instructor Section 01: TBA; Instructor Section 02: Gail Cahill
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
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