Course: SPED 625. Adapting Curriculum and Instruction to Facilitate the Development of Language and Academic Skills (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of a Preliminary Basic Teaching Credential; Admittance in the Clear Credential and/or M.A. program. This course focuses on learners with intellectual disabilities in grades K-12 who experience language and academic challenges due to communication and cognitive delays. Through coursework and applied assignments, candidates will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to adapt and modify curriculum, environments, and instruction to ensure students with language and academic challenges have access to, and make progress in, the core curriculum. Candidates will identify how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) can be met by students with intellectual disabilities through the use of the Alternate Achievement Standards (AAS). This course will focus on using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to differentiate curriculum and instruction to meet the learning needs of students across ages, ability levels, and needs while providing a rigorous academic program.