Curriculum (Annotation)

Annotation in Severe & Multiple Disabilities Curriculum (12 credit hours)

Annotation in Severe & Multiple Disabilities Planning Guide

This program leading to certification in Teaching Students with Severe/Multiple Disabilities is designed for individuals who already hold New York State initial certification as a teacher of students with disabilities.

This course is designed to focus on a cross-categorical model for providing services to individuals with a variety of disabilities, behavioral disorders and physical impairments. Curricula and instructional methodologies relevant to support students with diverse needs in the least restrictive environment are covered. Through field work and projects, the needs of individuals with moderate/severe disabilities and their families will be explored.

Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares future teachers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective instructional practices for individuals with high support needs. Assessment measures, systematic instruction, evaluation of student learning, functional life skills including culturally competent education, support to families and individuals, and other life domains will be addressed.

Credit Hours: 3

This course investigates the current state of Autism and the unique nature of Asperger's Syndrome. Topics under study include history of autism and Asperger’s syndrome, theoretical perspectives, characteristics, identification and assessment, associated learning styles, various strengths and weaknesses, and various evidence-based strategies. Resources for agency workers and parents will also be addressed.

Credit Hours: 3

(Additional 50 hours in an agency placement with students who have severe and multiple disabilities)

This course is designed to enable the practicing teacher to develop competence in teaching students with special needs. Practicing teachers will be observed by university-designated supervisors as they perform the activities of a special education teacher in inclusion, self-contained and consultant contexts. Practicing teachers are expected to demonstrate attitudes, knowledge and skills commensurate with effective teaching for all students.

Credit Hours: 3