Exceptional Individuals

Course Details

Course Number: SPED 3613  Section Number: 102

Fall 2013

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: 303

Days & Times:

Tuesday/Thursdays 8:00-9:20 a.m.

Course Attachments


The curious incident of the dog in the night-time  ISBN: 1-4000-3271-7

MSU Faculty Member
Emerald Collins   
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Course Objectives


The candidate will meet the following Texas Educator Standards for special educators. These are aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) knowledge and skills standards as they apply to students with disabilities.




Comp #

Cluster & Competency



Professional Knowledge, Roles, & Responsibilities Cluster



Major legislation and current issues related to knowledge and practice- lecture, hands-on activity  



Continuum of placement and services available for individuals with disabilities- lecture, activity   


IGC9K1, 2

Disability services, networks, organizations, & publications-

all disability lectures, activity, Acc. Manual



Access information on exceptionalities- Acc. Manual



Maintain confidentiality- lecture, activity



SPED teacher’s Collaborative/Consultative role- guest lecturers


Movie review


Concerns of families of students w/ disabilities & ways to address concerns- all disability lectures; guest lectures






Social/Emotional Environment Cluster


Movie review


Barriers to accessibility & acceptance

FAT City Workshop; lecture; movies




Importance of teacher’s role modeling; lecture

Movie review


Establish & maintain rapport w/ students w/ disabilities-

Movie review; lecture

Accommodations Manual


Adapt physical environment to promote learning for students w/ disability- FAT City Workshop; all disability lectures



Design, establish, & manage consistent routines- lecture







Planning & Instructional Cluster



Co-planning & co-teaching methods to strengthen content acquisition

Guest lecturers



Demands of learning environments-

lecture, activity, FAT City Workshop


Accommodations Manual


Prevention & intervention strategies for at-risk learners- 

all disability lectures


Movie review



Relate levels of support to individual needs-

FAT City; all disability lectures; movie






Sources of specialized materials, curricula, & resources-

All disability lectures


Accommodations Manual


Use research-supported methods-

All disability lectures; Acc. Manual


Movie review

Accommodations Manual


Select & use specialized strategies appropriate to individual needs & abilities-

All disability lectures; Acc. Manual


Accommodations Manual


Use appropriate adaptations & technology-

All disability lectures; Acc. Manual






Disability Cluster


Movie review


Similarities & differences between students w/ & w/out special needs-

All disability lectures




Similarities & difference among students w/ special needs-

All disability lectures



Differing ways of learning among students w/ special needs-

All disability lectures



Impact of disabilities on auditory & information processing skills-

All disability lectures


Movie review


Effects a disability can have on a person’s life

All disability lectures; movie


Movie review


Educational implications of disabilities

All disability lectures; movie



Effects of medications on individuals

CCBD article, guest lecture







Human Diversity Cluster

Service learning project reflections


Learn and respond appropriately to diverse needs in shaping the campus culture-

All disability lectures; wheelchair experience; FAT City Workshop; service learning project



Develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students based on relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learners’ needs, and schools as interactive, social, and cultural systems.

FAT City Workshop; all disability lectures; service learning project



Serve as an advocate for all children; FAT City Workshop; wheelchair experience; service learning project






Course Expectations



Class & Competency


Week of




  • Overview & requirements of course
  • Disability and culture: conceptualizations of disability


  • Special education Law; NCLB, IDEA, ADA, Section 504, FERPA


  • Disability services, networks, organizations, & publications

Help your group locate a wheelchair for wheelchair experience


Go to www.eric.ed.gov and read “NCLB and IDEA: What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do.”


For more information about special education visit:



Visit and preview information on the  Council for Exceptional Children website:



Begin reading The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night Time (read approximately 30 pages/week)

Week of





  • Bring Wheel Chair  09/03 wheelchair experience
  • Culture and disability2
  • Discuss accommodation notebook

Read cerebral Palsy & Spina Bifida on www.nichcy.org. (NICHCY, disabilities, Specific Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, etc.)


Recommended film: My Left Foot w/Daniel Day Lewis


Begin Accommodations notebook. Make sure to purchase dividers this week. Make your cover page.



Week of




09/12 Dr. SchultzJ

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

(www.udlcenter.org UDL at a glance)

  • Response to Intervention (RTI)


Go to www.udlcenter.org  watch videos principles of UDL


Go to YouTube, type RTI and watch the (2) videos: (1) What is RTI? and,(2) RTI: The three tiers of RTI instruction

Begin reading The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Week of




  • Other Health Impairments(OHIs)


  •  Neurological Disorders

(I have Tourette’s but Tourette’s doesn’t have me) Video



Go to the Tourette’s Syndrome Association website and listen to the Bullying Prevention audio while viewing the slideshow.


Go to the Centers for Disease Control website and watch podcast Creating an Asthma Friendly School

Go to YouTube and watch Seizure First Aid Video-You can do this

Read Tips for Teachers of Students with Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association

Recommended films:

  1. Lorenzo’s Oil w/Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon
  2. Mask w/Cher and Eric Stolz
  3. Lorenzo’s Oil w/Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon
  4. Mask w/Cher and Eric Stolz
  5. The Mighty w/Kieran Culkin





Week of

09/24- 09/26




  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (E/BDs)

When the chips are down by Dr. Rick Lavoie


  •  Traumatic Brain Injuries(TBIs)

(The Lookout) Video


  • Read emotional disturbance and traumatic brain injury on www.nichcy.org
  • Go to publications in nichcy website, click on ‘E’ read fact sheet for emotional disturbance.
  • Click on Especially for Schools and Administrators read all (7) bullets under Especially for Teachers.
  • https://www.cec.sped.org/ under the membership tab, select special interest divisions, scroll to Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders and visit the CCBD website, publications, Beyond Behavior and view all issues. Locate Winter 2007, read Establishing Codes of Acceptable Behavior in a Multicultural Society
  • In CCBD publications also locate Fall 2007, read Medicine in the Classroom

Recommended films: Benny & Joon w Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson

Good Will Hunting w/Matt Damon


Week of




  • Autism
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Discuss book and review
  • Temple Grandin (video)


Read Autism  fact sheet on www.nichcy.org


Register and view www.autismspeaks.org videos: Overview; social interaction; communication; repetitive behaviors

Recommended films: Mozart and the Whale w/Josh Harnett and Radha Mitchell

Adam w/ Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne


Week of




  • Learning Disabilities I: F.A.T. City Workshop by Dr. Rick Lavoie






Read Learning Disabilities fact sheet on www.nichcy.org

(Click on disabilities, specific disabilities, learning disabilities)


Go to www.ldanatl.org

Read For Teachers: Learning Disabilities: Signs, symptoms and Strategies

Week of




Oct 17

  • Learning Disabilities II:
  • Last one picked/ First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities and social skills by Dr. Rick Lavoie
  • Review for Midterm examination
  • Midterm

Prepare for midterm exam


Complete reading book


Continue adding to accommodation notebook


Recommended film: Stanley and Iris w/ Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro




Week of




Book review Due: 10/24

  • Specific LDs III: (1) dyslexia,
  • (2) dysgraphia, (3) dyscalculia, (4) dyspraxia, (5) dysphasia








Watch videos: We have a problem videos (9): Shame disabled, (8);  and Readiness (7)

Read fact sheet on dyslexia basics at www.interdys.org




Add to accommodations notebook for EACH of the specific learning disabilities

Week of



Autism and Aspergers

  • Demands of learning environments
  • Barriers to acceptance
  • Modeling acceptance
  • Maintaining rapport co-planning, co-teaching, collaboration



 Need to know: Losing the safety net: Adults with Autism (PBS)

Jake: Math prodigy proud of his autism 

Week of



  • Auditory Impairments

Deaf or Hard of Hearing:


  • Visual Impairments

Read Deafness and Hearing Loss  fact sheet  www.nichcy.org

Visual Impairment fact sheet  www.nichcy.org


Info. on Deafness or communication disorders: www.nidcd.nih.gov


Common words in ASL: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browswer.htm





Film: Sound and Fury



Week of


  • Intellectual  and Developmental Disabilities
  • I Am Sam  video w/ Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer


Read intellectual disabilities fact sheet on www.nichcy.org


Read resources, publications, abuse of children with intellectual disabilities at www.thearc.org

Recommended films: The Yarn Princess with Jean Smart and Robert Pastorelli

The Other Sister with Juliette Lewis and Diane Keaton

Week of


  • Other Health Impairments (OHIs)  ADHD/ADD


  • Misunderstood minds


Read ADHD fact sheet on www.nichcy.org


 (On the A-Z index, A: ADHD: Facts)



Week of




11/28 No class Thanksgiving Break


  • Learning Disabilities
  • Executive function skills
  • Differentiated instruction



View www.youtube.com  InBreif: Executive Function:  Skills for Life and Learning; Executive Functioning: Definition and Strategies; Inclusion and differentiated instruction: teachers in the movies do it too; Tips and strategies for effective differentiation and instruction


Week of



Accommodations Manuals Due: 12/03

  • Communication Disorders
  • Review for Final exam

Read communication disorders fact sheet on www.nichy.org

  Watch www.youtube.com

Stuttering is a neurological condition (CNN)

Understanding Stuttering;

Stuttering: Straight talk for teachers

Speech easy device for stuttering-Good Morning America 2


Recommended film: The King’s Speech

Week of



Final Exam



Grading Standards



  1. Movie reviews (2 reviews 1-2 pages; 2 x 50)                                    100 points
  2. Book review (1 review 1-2 pages; 1 x 100)                          100 points
  3. Accommodations Notebook (1 book, 1 x 300)                    300 points
  4. Midterm Exam                                                                      200 points
  5. Final Exam                                                                            300 points
  1. Total                                                                                     1000 points


Grading Procedures

Total = 1000 pts.

1000-900 = A

899-800 = B

799-700 = C

<699      = F


Submission Format PolicyNote: 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.

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

Note. Points will be deducted for absences and tardiness. See attendance policy.              


Attendance Policy


The College of Education takes attendance and punctuality seriously because teachers must be dependable. Poor punctuality and absence without a physician’s excuse (or a note from a professor explaining that the candidate is traveling for the university) suggests that the candidate lacks the disposition for dependability.


Three absences will trigger a Fitness Alert; this Fitness Alert will require the student to meet with a faculty committee who will determine the student’s fitness for the teaching profession. 


Tardiness is also taken seriously, as is leaving class early. Two tardies will be treated as an absence.  For each tardy, the student will be expected to write a two-sentence Action Plan stating why the student was absent and what procedures the student has enacted to prevent a second tardy.  The purpose of the Action Plan is to help the student learn how to prevent future tardiness.  E.g.: I was tardy because my alarm clock failed to ring, so I overslept.  I will purchase a new alarm clock today.  The Action Plan should be submitted on the next class day in hard copy.


Other Policies

Other Class Policies

In this class, you begin creating your professional reputation as a teacher.  The reputation you create will follow you.  The policies in this class are the most elemental of guidelines in establishing your professional reputation.



  1. Late work- late assignments will not be accepted. Proof of emergencies (e.g., doctors note must be presented and discussed during a meeting with the instructor. There are no assignment options; therefore, all students are expected to complete all assignments. Failure to complete an assignment, even if you have sufficient points to attain the grade you are seeking, will result in a 10 % reduction in points for the overall course; therefore, be diligent and complete all assignments in an exemplary manner.
  2. Written work – Should be completed in a professional style.  Correct spelling and grammar are critical writing skills that teachers must employ.


  1. Be prepared - Read assignments and complete assigned work before coming to class. 


  1. Adhering to professional ethics – When using professional sources in your writing, cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments.  Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.  If part of an assignment is submitted for credit in more than one course, both professors must pre-approve this dual credit and the dual use should be referenced clearly on both assignments.


  1. Speech Screening: If you have not been screened and released by WCOE’s Language Specialist, you will not be allowed to student teach.  If you have not previously been screened, please contact Sherrie Johnson, 397-4762, to set up an appointment.  Screening is not conducted during the summer months.



Plagiarism Statement

“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook.

Plagiarized work will earn an F, trigger a Fitness Alert, and may result in the student being dropped from the course.





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.