Agenda Item FA 15-16

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Education and Human Services (Undergraduate)

(Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education, Foundations & Secondary Education): Course Changes & Programs of Study changes (2 packages)

04/02/15: Passed

04/08/15: Approved

Log Number: 201501-15

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education – Undergraduate  

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program                        
Bachelor of Arts in Education - Special Education Major Exceptional Student Education Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
Course names and catalog descriptions are adjusted to reflect the most appropriate "people first language", and to provide more accurate descriptions of course content. A summary of the changes are as follows:
Course title changes only:
FROM EEX 4255: Curriculum and Instruction for Learners with Exceptionalities TO EEX 4255 Curriculum and Individualized Planning for Learners with Exceptionalities
Course title changes and updated course descriptions:
FROM EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of the Exceptional Learner TO EEX 3202 Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities
FROM EEX 4281: Social, Personal, and Career Skills for Learners with Exceptionalities TO EEX 4281: Career Development and Transition for Learners with Exceptionalities
FROM EEX 3252: Language Arts of Exceptional Learners TO EEX 3252: Language Arts for Learners with Exceptionalities
FORM EEX 4604: Behavior Management and Research: Learners with Exceptionalities TO EEX 4604: Behavior Management and Research for Learners with Exceptionalities
Course description changes only:
EEX 3250: Reading Methods for Learners with Exceptionalities
EEX 4474: Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
EEX 4484: Math and Science for Learners with Exceptionalities
EEX 4221: Educational Assessment for Learners with Exceptionalities
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Change an existing course

Psych/Soc Exceptional Learners

EEX

Junior (3xxx)

202

A change of the course title from Psychology and Sociology of the Exceptional Learner to Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities is made to better reflect the use of appropriate "people first language." The course description is also updated to reflect appropriate language and to reflect current teaching practices.
New Course Description:
Prerequisite: EDF 2085: Introduction to Diversity for Educators, or approval by instructor. This course focuses on the study of psychology and sociology of individuals with exceptional learning needs. It examines issues associated with education of individuals with diverse learning needs, particularly those with exceptionalities, or who are at risk for school failure. Issues investigated include ways in which learner characteristics impact school performance, instructional methods, and legal rights of students, parents, and educators. It emphasizes special education in inclusive settings. Field observation may be required.

 

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Read Mthds:Learners Exception

EEX

Junior (3xxx)

250

Remove one prerequisite/corequisite (EEX 3252: Language Arts for Learners with Exceptionalities) from course description. Students are admitted in program each semester. If a student is admitted during the spring semester, then permission is granted to take the course prior to EEX 3250: Reading Methods for Learners with Exceptionalities. After faculty program review and discussions, it was determined that students can be successful in EEX 3250: Reading Methods for Learners with Exceptionalities without skills learned in EEX 3252: Language Arts for Learners with Exceptionalities.
New Course Description:
Prerequisite and Corequisite: EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities, EEX 4101: Language Development and Disorders. This reading methods course focuses on the principles of scientifically-based reading research as the foundation of comprehensive reading instruction. The assessment and development of the major components of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are discussed. Included in this course is the development of standards-based lessons and strategies for differentiating instruction to accommodate diverse learners. The purpose of the course is to prepare pre-service teachers to teach reading to students with a wide range of abilities, including those who are also English Language Learners. Field experience is required.

 

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Curr/Instr: Learners Except

EEX

Senior (4xxx)

255

A change in the course title from Curriculum and Instruction for Learners with Exceptionalities to Curriculum and Individualized Planning for Learners with Exceptionalities is made to better align title with course description.
New Course Description:
Prerequisites: EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities and EEX 4221: Educational Assessment for Learners with Exceptionalities. Corequisites: EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities. This course focuses on the characteristics and the educational needs of students with disabilities. Instruction in the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), unit planning, and lesson planning is provided. Attention is given to how to incorporate the accommodations and modification for students with disabilities into units and lessons. This course includes the use of technology in curriculum planning. The relationships among planning, teaching, learning, assessment, and reflection are discussed. Field experience may be required.

Change an existing course

Soc,Pers,Car:Learners Except

EEX

Senior (4xxx)

281

A change in course title from Social, Personal, and Career Skills for Learners with Exceptionalities to Career Development and Transition for Learners with Exceptionalities is made to accurately reflect current professional language and practices.The course description is also changed to reflect current practices
New Course Description:
Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities. This course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for developing individual transition plans for learners with exceptionalities. This course covers evidenced-based interventions and methods using a coordinated set of activities for individuals with disabilities that is designed within a results-oriented process on improving academic and functional achievements of the individual with a disability and to facilitate the movement from school to post-school activities.

 

Change an existing course

Lang Arts:Exceptional Learners

EEX

Junior (3xxx)

252

A change in the course title from Language Arts for Exceptional Learners to Language Arts for Learners with Exceptionalities is made to more appropriately reflect "people first language." The course description is also changed to consistently reflect "people first language."
New Course Description:
This language arts methods course focuses on the assessment and development of written expression, handwriting, and spelling for learners with exceptionalities. Included are strategies for teaching writing vocabulary, syntax and grammar, and writing mechanics. Methods for teaching the writing process and the different writing genres are explored. The development of standards-based lessons and strategies for differentiating instruction to accommodate diverse learners are integrated throughout. The purpose of the course is to prepare pre-service teachers to teach language arts to students with a wide range of abilities, including those who are also English Language Learners. Field Experience is required.

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Teach Mod/Sev

EEX

Senior (4xxx)

474

The course description is updated to accurately reflect current teaching.
New Course Description:
Prerequisite: EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities. This course is designed to introduce students to instructional approaches and strategies for students with moderate to severe disabilities. It focuses on understanding and applying proactive strategies in the areas of communication, functional living and academic growth, and behavioral, social, and affective growth. Field Experience required.

 

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Math Sci Except Lrnrs

EEX

Senior (4xxx)

484

Add field experience language to course description.
New Course Description:
Prerequisite: EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about pedagogy and curriculum for teaching math and science to learners with Exceptionalities. Students will be introduced to instructional skills in the areas of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation as they relate to teaching math and science. In addition, students will be able to practice many of the technical skills needed to prepare instructional materials for the classroom. May require field experience.

 

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Behavior Mang and Rsrch

EEX

Senior (4xxx)

604

A change in the course title from Behavior Management and Research: Learners with Exceptionalities to Behavior Management and Research for Learners with Exceptionalities is made to explicitly connect specific procedures with targeted group. The course description is updated to accurately reflect current teaching.
New Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to examine the causes of behavior in the home, school, and community settings of individuals with exceptionalities. This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates to analyze the relationship between behavior and environmental antecedents and consequences, while they examine how manipulations in environmental variables can increase and decrease behaviors through the process of action research. Students will learn how to identify social or academic behaviors for change, record baseline measures, assess antecedents, conduct a literature review, select and implement an intervention, record and graph progress, evaluate and analyze behavior change, and report findings to peers. Field experience is required.

 

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Ed Assessment/Learners Except

EEX

Senior (4xxx)

221

The course description is updated to accurately reflect current teaching.
New Course Description:
Prerequisite/Corequisite EEX 3202: Psychology and Sociology of Learner or its equivalent. This course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in assessing learners with exceptionalities. It provides a survey of the knowledge base related to assessment in special education, including formal and informal tests and measures. It includes special emphasis on teacher prepared curriculum-based assessment and related assessment processes and procedures for learners with special needs.

 

Log Number: 201408-86

Foundations and Secondary Education – Undergraduate  

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program                       
Bachelor of Arts in Education - English Education Major

Summary of the Changes:
As the program area leader for English Education, I wish to remove TSL 4360 (TESOL Methods & Curriculum for Secondary Teachers) from the BAE, English Education program of study and embed the content therein into existing required courses. In lieu of TSL 4360, English Education students would be required to take EDG 3323, The Learning Process, a course required for all other secondary education students and a course in which students learn the basic components of creating lessons and units--an essential skill for teaching.
Rationale: To meet the state TESOL requirement for certification as an English teacher, students in UNF's English Education program currently take three separate three-hour TESOL courses (9 credit hours plus additional TESOL content embedded throughout other required courses). (The state requirement is attached to this application). The current requirement is onerous: the content for the third course is repetitive, the inclusion of the course prohibits program students from taking other needed courses, and the course is costly to the university because enrollment therein is limited to English Education students). The TESOL requirement can be met in other, more efficient ways, namely by embedding the content of the third TSL 4360 into existing core courses that are already a part of the degree. In short, English Education students are poorly served by the manner in which we currently meet the state TESOL requirement. Highlighting this is the fact that UNF is the only SUS institution to require three separate TESOL courses for English Education.
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