Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: September 28, 2007 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Identify the department and chair. Include phone number and email address. Education Department Dottie Bauer, Co-Chair, 8-2864, dbauer@keene.edu Len Fleischer, Co-Chair, 8-2846, lfleisch@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Identify the person(s) who should be contacted regarding the proposal. Include phone number and email address. This person is expected to attend Divisional and/or Senate Curriculum meetings to discuss the proposal. Steve Bigaj, 8-2872, sbigaj@keene.edu Deb Merchant TITLE SUMMARY: EDUCSP 501 Foundations in Special Education Short Title: Foundations Special Education PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes . Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other EXISTING (OLD) DATA: Insert the course information as it exists in the current KSC Catalog. You may copy the information electronically from the KSC Web page: http://www.keene.edu/catalog/mdc.cfm PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: Limit the course title to 30 characters, including spaces. If more characters are absolutely necessary for clarity, the sponsor should submit an abbreviated title to assure an intelligible abbreviated title of choice (for use in student information system, on transcripts, etc.). EDUCSP 501 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits) PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: Limit the Course Description to 50 words, not including prerequisites. Prerequisites should be clear and specific, e.g., as courses (e.g., ENG 101) or number of credits required. Finally, specify semester(s) the course will be offered. Historical perspectives, trends, impacts of legislation and school contexts on the evolving field of special education, K - 12; learning theory, styles, and differences including language and psychological processing; characteristics of students with exceptional learning needs, and implications for assessment, instruction, curriculum accommodations and modifications within a continuum of services. Corequisite: EDUCSP 502; Summer LEARNING OUTCOMES: State knowledge and/or skills students will be expected to demonstrate upon completion of this course. For more information, see Guidelines for Developing Program Objectives, Course Objectives, and Learning Outcomes: http://www.keene.edu/senate/proposals/help/Writing4.cfm . 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the models, principles and theories that form the basis for special education practice. 2. Knowledge of the Laws, policies, and ethical principles regarding behavior management planning and implementation. 3. Understand the relationship of special education to the organization and function of educational agencies. 4. Understand the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, and other professionals, and schools related to exceptional learning needs. 5. Knowledge of the issues in definition and identification of individuals with exceptional learning needs, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 6. Knowledge of issues, assurances, and due process rights related to assessment, eligibility, and placement within a continuum of services. 7. Understand family systems and the role of families in the educational process. 8. Knowledge of historical points of view and contribution of culturally diverse groups. 9. Understanding of the impact of the dominant culture on shaping schools and the individuals who study and work in them. 10. Knowledge of the potential impact of differences in values, languages, and customs that can exist between the home and school. RATIONALE: Explain why this change is being made. Address the connection with institutional mission, and/or department, program, and course objectives. This course will take the place of the undergraduate foundations course that was previously used in the program (SPED 301, Context for Special Education). The undergraduate course will no longer be offered because of the undergraduate special education four credit option. Course content reflects national standards for content knowledge required of beginning special education teachers. All courses in the program also need to reflect graduate level numbers for consistency as this course and all courses in the program are proposed to be taught at the graduate initial certification level. RESOURCES: For course proposals, include the name of the faculty member(s) who will be teaching this course, whether tenure-track, full-time, or adjunct. Indicate whether additional staffing, facilities, and/or equipment will be required. Also, consider the long-term impact of adding a course or altering a program. When a proposal has staffing, space or monetary implications, the VPAA must be consulted and his or her comments should be included in this section. Adjunct faculty will teach this course during the first summer session. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? No additional resources necessary. ADVISORY OPINIONS: List the names of affected departments and include department responses. Advisory opinions are required whenever a proposal affects the curricula of other programs. A proposal must list all affected departments. An Advisory Opinion must be solicited at least two weeks prior to delivery of the proposal to the DCC. Affected departments have two weeks to respond to the request for an Advisory Opinion. Responses should be attached to the proposal. In the event that affected departments do not respond, evidence of the request for an Advisory Opinion from non-respondents must be provided. If a proposal affects a curriculum in a division other than that of the sponsor, each relevant department and the DCC in that division must review and approve the proposal as well. (The electronic curriculum review process tracks votes, advisory opinions and comments as required at each stage of the review.)


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Keene State College