This course presents basic principles and practices in the use of applied behavior management with both normal and exceptional learners for the paraprofessional. Students will gain firsthand experience in using behavior analysis and other behavioral support strategies in field settings.
This course is a guided survey of the areas of exceptionality in the field of Special Education (emotionally, behaviorally disturbed, hearing impaired, mentally impaired, gifted, and learning disabled), and the historical, philosophical, political and sociological foundations related to exceptional children. The laboratory component of the course is designed to provide experience in the areas of exceptionality through observation and limited participation in these areas.
This course will cover legislation affecting special education laws and the learning experience, the difference between mainstreaming and inclusion, the IEP and the self-contained classroom for the paraprofessional. Students will also learn about implementation of effective classroom management. Behavioral support in a positive learning environment and the role of the family, for encouraging and including parental input in an educational plan, will be included.
This course provides the teacher candidate with an overview of the profession. Its primary purpose is to offer information necessary for an informed career decision and a professional commitment to teaching. It also includes an analysis of the historical, philosophical and sociological basis for programs, instructional strategies and teaching behaviors in American education.