Early Childhood Special Education

Course Details

Course Number: 4533  Section Number: 170

Fall 2012

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

Monday 5:30-8:20

Course Attachments

syllabus  SPED 4533 170 -SchultzFall2012-20120828-151109.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Edward Schultz   
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Course Objectives


CEC Comp Assessmt

CEC Competency




Orientation to Course

The Laws

The Early Interventionist & the ECSE Teacher

Family-Centered Early Intervention

The Transdisciplinary Team

Organizations & Resources



Fieldwork Journals;

Case Study





Characteristics and effects of the cultural and environmental milieu of the individual with exceptional learning needs and the family

Family systems and the role of families in the educational process.

Family systems and the role of families in supporting development.






Naturalistic Teaching,  Incidental Teaching, Teachable Moments, Routines & Transitions









Exam;  FieldworkJournal

Communicate effectively with families of individuals with exceptional learning needs from diverse backgrounds.

Involve the individual and family in setting instructional goals and monitoring progress.




















Impact of sensory impairments, physical and health disabilities on individuals, families and society.

Common etiologies and the impact of sensory disabilities on learning and experience.

Etiologies and medical aspects of conditions affecting individuals with disabilities.

Interpret sensory, mobility, reflex, and perceptual information to create or adapt appropriate learning plans.



Course Expectations


Midterm 25%

Final 25%

Fieldwork 25%

Article Presentation 25%

Grading Standards


Midterm 25%

Final 25%

Fieldwork 25%

Article Presentation 25%

Final Exam12/12/2012  5:30

Submission Format Policy

word document

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

no late work accepted

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



The College of Education takes attendance seriously because teachers must have the disposition to be dependable. The course meets only once each week, so 0 points will be deducted for the first absence, 5 points  for the second absence, and 10 for the third and subsequent absences.  Tardiness is also taken seriously, as is leaving class early.  For one tardy, you will be expected to write an Action Plan.  Two tardies will be treated as an absence. 


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.