Collaboration and Communication in Special Education – EDSP 724

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course surveys supports and services for individuals receiving special education and disability services. Emphasis is placed on transition planning, collaboration, and communication among individuals, families, and service providers.




This course is designed to provide the candidate with an opportunity to explore current trends in special education within the broader context of history, society, and current education. Research and evidence-based practices within the field of special education will be highlighted so that the candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary to advocate, educate, and research in this field.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Examine disability and advocacy that form the basis for special education practice.
  2. Discuss the current state of professional literature on collaboration and communication among services.
  3. Describe major academic issues and trends in the special education system associated with school based supports and services.
  4. Integrate a biblical worldview into education and especially for special education.
  5. Produce research related to a multicultural issues in special education.
  6. Formulate a working knowledge of special education as a field of study or professional interest.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and contain a minimum of 2 scholarly resources in current APA format to support assertions. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and contain a minimum of 1 citation in current APA format to support assertions. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Journal Critiques (3)

The candidate will research and select 1 article written 1 within the last year that corresponds to the specified topic in the instructions. The candidate will briefly summarize the article and offer a critique of the article. This assignment must be 2–5 pages. (MLO A, B, C, D, F)

Historical Review Paper: Outline (MLO: B, D, E)

The candidate will select a multicultural topic and investigate the importance, significance, and impact of this chosen topic pertaining to its history. In addition to the research topic, the candidate will submit a detailed outline.

Final Project

Part 1: Historical Review Research Paper

The candidate will select a multicultural topic and write a 1,500–1750-word paper to address the chosen research topic. The candidate must use at least 5 scholarly sources

Part 2: Family Plan

The candidate will select an adult family member of someone with special needs to inquire about his/her school experiences specific to collaboration as it pertains to school supports and services. This assignment must be at least 8 pages and include citations from 5 sources in current APA format.

Part 3: Presentation

The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation for colleagues in a professional setting (K-12 setting, higher education setting, community setting, etc.). The candidate’s PowerPoint Presentation must be 30 minutes to the audience of his/her choice, incorporating the sources previously used in Parts 1–2 of the Final Project and adding at least 2 additional sources.

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