Special Education, Part 3 Specialist - Secondary Focus
Course Code: YU20SSP31
The Additional Qualification Course: Special Education Specialist extends and reinforces the knowledge and skills from Part I and Part 2 with a specific focus on the development of leadership skills. It 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 across the divisions. This course supports the enhancement of professional knowledge, ethical practice, leadership and ongoing learning.
Foundational to this course is exploring the pedagogical, curricular, and environmental challenges and opportunities in teaching, learning, and leading in the secondary school. We will move beyond our own classroom practice and consider how we might lead, support, and challenge colleagues, students, and community to re-conceptualize disability in order to better implement differentiated instruction, accommodations, modifications, and universal design for learning in the subject-specific classroom.
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.
- Be a member in good standing with the OCT
- Part 2 completed
- Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including ONE year in Special Education
- Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming teaching experience
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.