Full course description
In this course, candidates will be given an understanding of patterns of typical and atypical child and adolescent development, and the learning needs of students with disabilities, to plan instruction for their students. They will learn how to use formal and informal methods, be able to assess students’ present levels of performance in academic and functional language abilities, content knowledge, and academic and functional skills, and maximize learning opportunities for all students. Candidates will gain knowledge that through interpersonal interactions with students and families, candidates can learn about students’ abilities, ideas, interests and aspirations. Candidates will become knowledgeable about students’ community contexts and socio-economic, cultural and language backgrounds. They will understand how multiple factors including student health and multiple disabilities can influence a student's ability to learn. Candidates will utilize assessments and participate in development of IEP/IFSP/transition team decisions. Candidates will learn skills on how to encourage parents to collaborate in the development of IEP/IFSP/transition goals. Candidates will also understand important elements of California and federal laws and procedures pertaining to the education of all learners including English learners, and students with disabilities. Candidates will become aware of the legal and ethical obligations relating to confidentiality, implementing student assessments, and the development and implementation of IEPs/IFSPs/transition plans.