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Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Children
- Template 2015
- Section TMPL
- 3 Credits
- 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
- Modified 08/15/2023
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Examines the administrative principles, concepts, processes, structures and the legal and fiscal responsibilities associated with the provision of educational services to students with disabilities in the United States with emphasis on systems in Illinois. This course will prepare the participants for the administrative and leadership responsibilities associated with the position of Director of Special Education.
College of Education Mission
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.
Candidates will gain knowledge of the continuum of programs and array of services available to students with disabilities and within federal and state laws and regulations.
Serving the Community
Candidates will gain an understanding of the moral and ethical responsibilities of schools and members of the community in creating successful partnerships with multiple stakeholder groups that comprise the school community, which includes but is not limited to parents, religious groups, business and industry, service organizations, local and county government, students, other taxpayers, and employees of organizations within the community.
Finding Our Professional Selves
Candidates will understand principles of professional development and management and how to maximize the effectiveness of all constituents within an organization.
Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE
By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:
- The candidate will demonstrate competence in the Standards for approval as a director of special education by the Illinois State Board of Education and Knowledge and Skill Base for Special Education Administrators (SA) developed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The course goals are aligned with the knowledge indicators for directors of special education found in the 23 IL Administrative Code (IAC), Section 29.
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that promote the needs of differing populations in a pluralistic society and the success of all students in the least restrictive environment based on the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context (IAC 1A,1K; CEC SA3K1) .
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate knowledge of the principles of human growth and development, ranges of individual variation, and their application to the school environment and instructional program (IAC 2A,2K,2L,2M,2N,2Q; CEC SA2K1,SA2K2).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that lead the school community to operate within the framework of policies, laws and regulations enacted by local, State, and federal authorities and professional ethical standards (IAC 3C-3N; CEC SA1K1,SA1K6,SA1K12,SA1K13).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that promote public awareness, sound screening practices, and early identification of students with disabilities (IAC 4A,4B,4C,4D,4E,4F,4G,4H,4I; CEC SA1K2).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate understanding of the continuum of placement options and array of services available to students with disabilities and knowledge of activities that promote a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environme (IAC 4,4L; CEC SA7K1).
Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate understanding of various federal, state and local funding sources, activities that result from these sources, strategies for developing and managing special education budgets and activities that obtain maximum reimbursement from all sources of funding (IAC 5B,5C,5E,5F,5G; CEC SA1K11).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate knowledge of the application of management techniques used to define roles, assign functions, and delegate accountability relative to achieving goals (IAC 6D,6E,6F,6G,6H,6I,6J,6K,6L,6M,6N,6O,6P,6Q,6R,6S).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that identify strategies for addressing barriers to achieving an educational vision and achieving educational goals through negotiation, collaboration, and consensus building (IAC 1G). Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that base decisions on the legal, moral, and ethical implications of policy options and political strategies (IAC 3H,3R).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate understanding of the groups that compose the school community (e.g. parents/guardians, business and industry, service organizations, local and county government) and the community resources that provide services to support the vision, mission, and goals of the school organization (IAC 7A-7H; CEC SA10K1 and SA10K2).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that identify and consider various political interests within the community in organizational decision making (IAC 7E,7F,7G,7H,7I,7J,7K,7L,7M,7N,7O).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that foster educational partnerships with a variety of persons and organizations to promote delivery of educational opportunities (IAC 7F,7G,7H,7I,7J,7K,7L,7M,7N,7O, 7P,7Q, 7R,7S,7T).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that promote high expectations for self, staff, and students (IAC 2H,2I,2J,2K,2L,2M,2N,2O,2P,2Q,2R,2S; CEC SA9K1).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate understanding of practices and models for the management of an organizational system and operational policies and procedures that enhance student learning (IAC 6A-6H,6I).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that involve recruitment, selection, induction, and negotiation, that would result in the employment and retention of qualified personnel to support an effective learning environment (IAC 6B,6L).
- Candidates will facilitate and engage in activities that demonstrate knowledge of methods for identifying management functions that can be improved using technology and ensuring that organization management functions are supported by current technologies (IAC 6G-6V,6W).
Assignment 1 – Discussion Questions and Reflections
Candidates will participate in weekly discussions and/or reflections.
Assignment 2 – Case Study/Questions
Candidates will read scenario in which there is conflict between parents and school district regarding placement and respond to questions.
Standards: IAC 4-4L;CEC SA7K1
Assignment 3 – Acronym Assignment
Candidates will complete an activity involving special education acronyms and complete a reflection.
Standards: IAC3C-3N;CEC SA1K1,SA1K6, SA1K12,SA1K13
Assignment 4 – Budget Analysis
Candidates will analyze and respond to questions about their local school/cooperative budgets.
Standards: IAC 5B,5C,5E,5F,5G;CEC SA1K11
Assignment 5 – Discipline Resource Document
Candidates will create a document for staff to follow when a student is faced with disciplinary action.
Standards: IAC 4A-4L;CECSA7K1
Assignment 6 – Case Study/Questions
Candidates will read scenario in which the special education teacher disagrees with how a student’s services are being delivered and respond to questions.
Standards: IAC 7A-7H;CEC SA10K1,SA10K2
Assignment 7 – Supporting Special Educators Activity
Candidates will read journal articles and respond questions regarding teacher retention in special education.
Standards: IAC 6B-6L
Final Project – Special Education Leadership
Candidates will identify research and respond to current issues and concerns of educational leaders regarding the provision of educational services to students with disabilities.
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