Courses of Study of Bilingual Advanced Certificate Program
in Special Education And Speech & Hearing Handicapped


General Core Courses

All courses, except EDSE 640, require 10 to 15 hours of field work that is assigned by program faculty.


EDSE 640 Assessment of Individual Differences in General and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
This course focuses on assessment in general education and special education of individual differences in intelligence, learning potential, personality, motivation, and student achievement; management of data from assessment and monitoring of student progress; characteristics of standardized tests; the role of educational testing in program design and informing instruction, particularly for students with disabilities, including children with autism; assessment of young children; use of achievement tests; introduction to dynamic (or interactive) assessment; differences between static and dynamic assessment; the use of teacher-made, informal tests; and opportunity to observe and practice use of achievement tests and/or curriculum-based assessment approaches in the classroom.
3 credits


EDPS 671 Theory and Practice of Bilingual and Multicultural Education
This course reviews the impact of historical, legal, sociological, and political issues in relationship to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Students explore the evolution of attitudes regarding bilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on developing multicultural competence as educators, with areas of focus including: cross-cultural communication in the classroom and with parents; how the language and culture of the home and the community impact student learning; cultural factors in the relationships between the school and the community. Models of multicultural and bilingual education will be presented and analyzed. Includes 10 hours of field work.
3 credits


EDPS 672 Methods of Teaching and Service Delivery in Languages other than English
This course focuses on teaching, assessment and counseling practices, consultation techniques, and other aspects of service delivery for diverse learners. Students will critically examine the processes used for placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special services. Issues involved in identifying student needs and appropriate services will be addressed. The discussion topics will include the impact of language, home culture and process of cultural adaptation in assessment. Includes 15 hours of field work.
3 credits


EDPS 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
This course provides an historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students will engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students' needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 10 hours of field work.
3 credits


EDPS 675 Methods and Materials for Teaching in the Native Language
This course provides an overview of theory, approaches, methods and techniques in teaching school subject areas in the native language of the students. Effective strategies and materials for teaching native language arts, including native language literacy, to English language learners will be explored. Includes 15 hours of field work.
3 credits