Objectives The student will meet the following standards and competencies relating to special education law identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) required for certification as an educational diagnostician and the relevant Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) knowledge and skills base standards for all beginning special education administrators.
TEA requirements for educational diagnostician certification
Standard I: The educational diagnostician understands and applies knowledge of the purpose, philosophy, and legal foundations of evaluation and special education.
The beginning educational diagnostician knows and understands:
(A) state and federal regulations relevant to the role of the educational diagnostician;
(B) laws and legal issues related to the assessment and evaluation of individuals with educational needs.
(D) issues, assurances, and due process rights related to evaluation, eligibility, and placement within a continuum of services;
Standard II: The educational diagnostician understands and applies knowledge of ethical and professional practices, roles, and responsibilities.
(A) ethical practices regarding procedural safeguards (e.g., confidentiality issues, informed consent) for individuals with disabilities.
Standard III. The educational diagnostician develops collaborative relationships with families, educators, the school, the community, outside agencies, and related service personnel.
(D) roles of individuals with disabilities, parents/caregivers, teachers, and other school and community personnel in planning educational programs for individuals.
Standard IV. The educational diagnostician understands and applies knowledge of student assessment and evaluation, program planning, and instructional decision-making.
(B) the relationship between evaluation and placement decisions.
Standard VII. The educational diagnostician understands and applies knowledge of ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity and the significance of student diversity for evaluation, planning, and instruction.
(A) issues related to definition and identification procedures for individuals with disabilities, including individuals from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
(C) issues related to the representation in special education of populations that are culturally and linguistically diverse.
Standard IX. The educational diagnostician addresses students’ behavioral and social interaction skills through appropriate assessment, evaluation, planning, and instructional strategies.
(A) requirements and procedures for functional behavior assessment, manifestation determination review, and behavioral intervention plans.
(B) applicable laws, rules and regulations, and procedural safeguards regarding the planning and implementation of behavioral intervention plans for individuals with disabilities.
Selected CEC Knowledge and Skills base standards for beginning special education administrators and Educational Diagnosticians related to Law:
CEC Knowledge and Skills for Advanced Programs
2. Quizzes: Five quizzes (10 points each) will be given in short answer/essay format over material covered in textbook chapters listed.
3. Midterm (10-17-10/19) and Final (12/5-12/7): This will consist of multiple choice, T/F and short essay questions over material covered in textbook chapters listed.
4. Journal Abstracts: Students will use the format in Appendix B to review 2 journal articles included in the weekly readings. Articles will be worth 20 points each. – 2 of them are
5. Video lecture Activities: these will be brief learning activities over videos (first one will be posted by Monday 8/22. Video lectures typically last 10-15 minutes. Instructions for activity will be in folder on homepage when and where the videos will be posted.
6. Legal Framework Assignment: See Instructions in WebCT assignment folder. (Due 11/14).
Case Studies Discussions 80points
Legal Framework Assignment 50 points
Journal Abstracts (4) 80 points
Video Lecture Activities (6) 60 points
Quizzes (10 pts. each) 50 points
Midterm (over text, Ch. 1-7) 100 points
Final (over text, Ch.8-14) 100 points