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The Minor in Special Education

Course Requirements for the Minor: 22 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

7 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prospective teachers examine socio-political issues of education relative to current demographics of California schools, integration of multicultural education, and promotion of social justice. Candidates identify, analyze, and minimize personal and institutional bias and explore the complexities of living and teaching in a pluralistic, multicultural society. Candidates identify barriers English Learners experience in becoming full participants in the school program and strategies for assisting students in overcoming these barriers. 3 hours lecture. (002977)
Physical, mental, social, and emotional factors of human growth and development from infancy through adolescence. Supervised experience working with children is strongly encouraged. 3 hours lecture. (007925)
This is a survey course recommended for students interested in all types of exceptional learners and a prerequisite to professional preparation programs in the Department of Professional Studies in Education. Content includes (1) an overview of the characteristics, identification, and educational needs of special populations, (2) social, familial, biological, historical, cultural, economic, political, and legal contexts in which special education occurs, and (3) characteristics of effective programs. Includes a service learning experience. 3 hours lecture. (003010)
Prerequisites: SPED 343. Recommended: senior standing.
This course focuses on the principles and practices of elementary school instruction in language arts, fine arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and national and state curriculum and subject matter standards. It includes selecting appropriate instructional strategies, lesson planning, assessment, service learning, writing goals and objectives, and methods for enhancing critical thinking and content area reading skills to meet the educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. 3 hours lecture. (009295)
Prerequisites: SPED 343, SPED 569. Senior standing is recommended.
Roles and relationships of families and professionals involved in the special education service delivery process. Emphasis on developing professional communication with administrators, regular education personnel, specialists, paraprofessionals, district personnel. Pre-referral services and interactions, student study/student success teams, IEP/ITP teams and co-teaching models. For child development majors, an additional unit of intership credit is recommended. 2 hours seminar. (009297)
Prerequisites: SPED 343, SPED 569. Recommended: senior standing.
This course focuses on the management of safe and effective learning environments and facilitates positive self-esteem and self-advocacy for all learners. It includes knowledge of behavior management models, varying communication styles that impact learning and strategies for promoting behavior that is positive and self-regulatory. 2 hours seminar. (009298)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of SPED 343.
Students enrolled in this course will participate in introductory field experiences in general and special education classroom settings. The course will include guided observations and exposure to varied educational environments and practices in teaching to diversity, and participating in special education and integrated regular education settings, preschool to adult levels. Settings include programs in schools and agencies that provide services to students of six categories of exceptionalities, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. 3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (015978)

1 course selected from:

One 3-unit elective course, approved by the minor advisor. See the minor advisor for recommended course electives.

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