Special Education, Part 1 - Secondary Focus
Course Code: YS20SSP11
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The Additional Qualification Course: Special Education Part I employs a critical pedagogical lens to explore in a holistic and integrated manner theoretical foundations, development of learners, program planning and implementation, instructional practices, assessment and evaluation, the learning environment and ethical considerations related to teaching and learning in the Intermediate-Senior division. Critical to the implementation of this course is the modelling of a positive learning environment that reflects care, diversity, equity and is specifically tailored for the secondary school educator. This course supports the enhancement of professional knowledge, ethical practice, leadership and ongoing learning.
From an anti-oppressive stance, we will better understand how student voice and experience might inform and shape our practice, from valuing different communication preferences, to creating student-centered classroom environments, to using technology to offer unique teaching and learning experiences.
Foundational to this course is exploring the pedagogical, curricular, and environmental challenges and opportunities to teaching, learning, and leading in the secondary school. We will consider how concepts of disability, differentiated instruction, accommodations, modifications, and universal design might be applied in the subject-specific classroom. Participants will deepen their understanding of, and develop lessons for, the Ministry of Education’s Learning Strategies courses.
This course will consider special education and its role in schooling and society. We will learn about various disabilities and exceptionalities, and from a student and self-advocate perspective explore disability as an important component of an individual’s identity and how disability can be amplified and integrated in the secondary school setting.
- An undergraduate degree acceptable to the Ontario College of Teachers
- Be a member in good standing with the OCT
This 125 hour course consists of 100 hours of interactive coursework and 25 hours of independent learning. Regular and relevant candidate participation is a requirement. Expect to be online at least every second day for Fall, Winter and Spring courses; and every weekday during a Summer course to complete assignments and collaborate in discussion forums. All deadlines will be communicated by the Instructor.