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Special Education
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Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

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Special education: Learning disabilities

Requirements for students without a teaching license

Students in the M.Ed./professional studies program in special education who do not hold a valid Minnesota elementary, secondary, or K-12 classroom teaching license must complete the coursework below to be eligible for a license to teach in their specialization area. This is called the classroom teaching license exemption, and the coursework below is in compliance with the exemption requirements of the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

The courses in this program must be completed within a 7-year period.


EDHD 5003—Developmental and Individual Differences in Educational Contexts, 2 cr
Overview of developmental and individual differences of children and adolescents in educational contexts; emphasis on a dynamic systems perspective; developmental transitions in childhood and adolescence; interactions between the student, environment, and task; and accommodations and adaptations for students in special education.

EDHD 5005—School and Society, 2 cr
Readings in history, philosophy, social sciences, and law revealing diverse educational values in a pluralistic society. Multiple expectations of schools. Civil liberties, rights, community. Varying cultural backgrounds of students, family circumstances, exceptional needs.

EPSY 5604 - Transition From School to Work and Community Living for Persons With Special Needs (3.0 cr; fall, every year)
Use of strategies/models for improving transition of youth from school to work and community living. Course content that specifically addresses all phases of student assessment, individualized transition planning. Parent, family, and student involvement in designing post school options. Community-based services (employment, residential living, social and recreational services, etc). Comprehensive interagency approaches.

EDHD 5009—Human Relations, 1 cr
Issues of prejudice/discrimination in terms of history, power, social perception. Knowledge/skills acquisition in cooperative learning, multicultural education, group dynamics, social influence, leadership, judgment/decision making, prejudice reduction, conflict resolution, teaching in diverse educational settings.

PUBH 5003—Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1.5 cr
Scientific/socio-cultural aspects of alcohol/drug problems. Emphasizes role of education in health conservation and drug abuse prevention.

EPSY 5114—Psychology of Student Learning, 3 cr
Principles of educational psychology: how learning occurs, why it fails, and implications for instruction. Topics include models of learning, development, creativity, problem-solving, intelligence, character education, motivation, diversity, special populations.
EDHD 5001—Learning, Cognition and Assessment in the Schools, 3 cr
Principles of learning, cognition, cognitive development, classroom management, motivation, instruction, assessment. Approaches include behaviorism, cognitive and social constructivism, human information processing theory. Topics include intelligence, knowledge acquisition, reasoning skills, scholastic achievement, standardized testing, reliability, validity, student evaluation, performance assessment, portfolios, demonstrations. Applications to instruction and organization of curricular materials.

EDHD 5007—Technology for Teaching and Learning, 1.5 cr
Diverse educational technology in K-12 classrooms. Effective use of technology. Computer technologies used to stimulate personal productivity/communication and to enhance teaching/learning processes.

CI 5331—Introduction to Instructional Systems and Technology
Orientation to the field to examination of various issues affecting the use of technology. Advanced students identify research topics for investigation in future courses and identify key literature in the field in preparation for masters and doctoral examinations.

EPSY 5618 - Specialized Interventions for Students With Disabilities in Reading and Written Language (3.0 cr; Prereq-Enrollment in [EBD or LD or DD or D/HH] or #; A-F or Aud, spring, every year) Historical/contemporary perspectives, empirical evidence relating to reading/written language instruction/assessment designed to improve outcomes of students with disabilities. Field work in tutoring.

MTHE 5355—Mathematics for Diverse Learners, 3 cr
Mathematical concepts and methods for exceptional students, both low achieving and gifted. Experimental materials and methods designed for underachieving students.

EPSY 5701—Practicum: Field Experience in Special Education, (1 cr. per semester) 1-2 cr
Observations and supervised support of teaching practice in schools or agencies serving children with disabilities in integrated programs.

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Revised November 27, 2013