Course: SPED 580ACT. Advanced Fieldwork/Student Teaching and Seminar in Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs (6)
Prerequisites: Restricted to candidates admitted to the Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Residency Program. Successful completion of all Fall semester coursework. Prerequisite or Corequisites: ELPS 542A; SPED 416, SPED 502MME, SPED 503MME, SPED 542B, SPED 545. This is the final special education field experience for residents in the ACT Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Programs. Residents complete this experience with a mentor or mentor teachers who serve students with mild to extensive support needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Fieldwork, prior to student teaching, consists of 12 hours per week for 8 weeks (96 hours). Student teaching consists of a full day 13-week assignment in which the resident gradually assumes responsibility for the entire instructional program. The resident is provided supervision and guidance by the mentor teacher and university supervisor. The seminar meets on selected weeks during the semester and is designed to support residents in reflecting on their student teaching experience and completing assignments. Seminars link coursework with practice and provide collegial support to residents. A grade of “B” or better required to pass SPED 580ACT.