M.Ed. Coursework Curriculum & Instruction: Exceptional Learners B-3rd Certificate
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16 credit hours
98% career outcome rate
2 degree options

Curriculum & Instruction: Exceptional Learners Certificate Featured Courses

As a student in the master's of education curriculum and instruction at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the education curriculum and instruction profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various education curriculum and instruction careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Curriculum & Instruction: Exceptional Learners CertificateCourses

Our certificate in Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners offers proven courses in which you can utilize your own classroom experience and develop a network of grace-filled peers and mentors to help you succeed in class and after you’ve received your certificate. 

Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners K-12

EDUC 531
Differentiation of Instruction to Improve Student Achievement
This course reviews theory-based differentiated models of instruction that will provide practitioners with a strong background in a variety of instructional modalities. In this course candidates will discover what is old and what is new. They will learn how to determine important differences in their students’ points of entry to their classroom and uncover implications for class management; for working with students and parents; and for creating fair and appropriate assessments. This course balances information with practical applications and includes material for teachers across grade levels, personal styles and philosophies of teaching.
3
credits
EDUC 539
Instructional Methods for Students with Diverse Needs in Inclusive Settings
This course emphasizes the use of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs at all education levels. Its non-categorical approach helps teachers ensure all students’ success regardless of their specific categories of exceptionality. The course integrates today’s expectations for students with a strong commitment to inclusive practices, tempered to the realities of day-to-day teaching. The text provides teachers with a firm grounding in special education practices, an understanding of the professionals who support these students and the procedures followed to ensure their rights are upheld, and a wealth of research-based strategies and interventions that can foster their success. This course will provide teachers information about the individual needs of all learners, and practice in identifying those needs. It will also provide opportunities to begin creating differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 591
Instructional Methods for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Other Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
This course focuses on effective approaches to working with students who have cognitive, autistic, or other moderate disabilities. The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of how students with special needs are provided educational opportunities in today’s elementary and secondary schools. The course will differentiate characteristics of various disabilities, distinguish collaborative teaching practices, and identify instructional strategies (e.g., modifications specified in the IEP), for successful inclusion of students with disabilities in school communities. The content of this course reflects the depth of knowledge and skill required of effective teachers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other low incidence disabilities. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 662
Collaboration and Consultation
An exploration of collaboration/consultation skills to help special education professionals understand and participate effectively in their interactions with other school professional, parents, and community, in an increasingly diverse world that is also routinely electronically and globally connected.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners Birth-3rd Grade

EDUC 602
History and Context of Early Childhood Special Education
This course is an introduction to the educational policies, programs, practices, and services specific to infants, toddlers, preschool, and Kindergartners who demonstrate delays and disabilities. Candidates gain an understanding of important theoretical and philosophical foundations upon which early childhood education and early childhood special education are based. Natural settings for early childhood development, cultural sensitivity, activity-based interventions, and individualized developmentally appropriate practices are emphasized. Instructional strategies and programs as well as inclusive environments for young children with special needs are explored and discussed. This course includes best practices for team collaboration that encourages mutual respect and strengthening of school/family partnerships.
3
credits
EDUC 655
Inclusive Practices, Family Partnerships, and Differentiation in Early Childhood Education
This course provides an overview of the characteristics in young children with disabilities and how services under federal and state regulations/statutes are determined. Family systems, parent/family advocacy, and the influence of cultural perspectives on the education of young children with disabilities will be covered in this course. Best practice models for inclusive classroom (general education settings) learning are presented. Models of Co-teaching will be provided and explored. Team models and planning for instruction are discussed. Professional and ethical practices related to the legal, historical, and social foundations for early childhood special education are included in this course. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 10 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 692
Observing and Assessing the Young Child with Disabilities
This course emphasizes the role of assessment and evaluation in early childhood settings through observing, recording, analyzing and interpreting the behavior/characteristics and learning of young children. Candidates study and use a range of assessments including standardized tests, criterion-based tests, and group administered assessments, as well as behavioral surveys. Candidates learn to apply skills to effectively communicate and interview teachers and parents of young children, including English language learners and students with disabilities. This course includes best practices for assessment of children with special needs and team collaboration that encourages mutual respect and strengthening of school/family partnerships. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 576
Behavior Management in Inclusive Settings
This course explores fundamental concepts and issues related to behavior management at the school- wide and classroom level. Emphasis is placed on research-based intervention for behavioral issues. The instructional goals of this course are to provide candidates with theory, principles and procedures for serving the academic, social and emotional needs of students with emotional and behavior disorders in inclusive settings. To meet the goals, the course will be organized as follows: a) a brief overview of characteristics, b) planning and organizing instruction, c) assessment and educational placement considerations, d) curriculum and programming including scientifically research-based strategies, and e) educational, social and emotional issues across a lifespan. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with young children, age’s birth through kindergarten, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
3
credits
Total Credits
12
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