Educational Assessment for Special Needs – EDUC 621

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/04/2020

Course Description

This course examines the processes and strategies for assessing students with special needs.

Prerequisites:

Prerequisite

Background Check

Rationale

It is imperative for every school to have educators who understand the assessment process and can plan interventions for students who have learning difficulties and other related problems. Ministering to those in need is the professional responsibility of every educator and the spiritual mandate for every Christian. “Here is my servant,…my chosen one in whom I delight,… a bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick, he will not snuff out.” (Isaiah 42:1–3)

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate professional responsibilities by consistent course participation and completion of all stated assignments in a timely manner.
  2. Integrate Christian and professional principles throughout the course.
  3. Compare and contrast various educational assessments in order to better assist students with special needs.
  4. Generalize current professional literature regarding educational assessment.
  5. Conceptualize and demonstrate the ability to apply theories and select appropriate tools of assessment when given “real world” scenarios of special needs students.
  6. Demonstrate educator competence in determining effective intervention needs based on assessment data for reading, written language and/or mathematics instruction when given “real world” scenarios of special needs students.
  7. Examine, administer, and interpret educational assessment materials.
  8. Formulate instructional strategies based on assessment to enhance the success of all learners.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the purpose of the Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among the candidates in regards to relevant current course topics. For Discussion Board Forums 1 and 2, the candidate is required to post one thread of 500–600 words. The candidate will also post two substantive replies of 200–250 words. (MLO: A, B, D)

Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs.

The candidate will read the Special Education documents and Dyslexia Awareness Training materials related to the Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs. Then submit the Dyslexia Awareness completion Certificate in LiveText and complete a quiz covering the contents of this assignment. (MLO: A, D)

Group Discussion Board Forum

There will be one Group Discussion Board Forum in this course that will allow the candidate to select a group in which to participate based on his/her academic area of expertise or interest (reading, mathematics, or written language). The purpose is to generate interaction among the candidates in regards to a specific academic area for assessment. For this collaborative discussion board, the candidate must post one thread of 500–600 words and two replies of 200–250 words each. Posts must be supported with at least two references in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) and the test publishers' websites (listed in the MMY). (MLO: A, C)

Client Report: Plan

The candidate will complete the Client Report: Plan that will be used to complete the Client Report: Final Submission. MLO: A, G)

Client Report: Background and Teacher Referral

The candidate will submit the cover page of their selected Client Report with the Information and Client Background sections completed as well as the completed Teacher Referral Form. (MLO: A, G)

Client Report: Progress Check

The candidate will submit their completed Client Report: Progress Check. (MLO: A, G)

Client Report: Final Submission

The candidate will complete a Final Client Report based on 1 of the assessment instruments (Reading, Early Literacy, or Math). (MLO: A, E, F, G, H)

Article Review (1)

The candidate will examine one special education research article from a current peer-reviewed journal and submit a 1–2-page scholarly review written in current APA format in Microsoft Word. (MLO: A, D)

Case Studies (2)

The candidate will complete two graded exams in which test scores for a given case study will be interpreted. The candidate must then provide recommendations based on the data sets provided. (MLO A, F, H)

Test Reviews (5)

The candidate will choose five assessment instruments from the assigned textbook chapters and submit a written evaluation using the Test Review Form based on information from the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) and Tests in Print database available through Liberty University Online’s Research Portal. MLO: A, C)

Quizzes (5)

The candidate will complete five quizzes. Each quiz will consist of 12 multiple-choice and multiple answer questions as well as one essay question based on the textbook readings. Each quiz is open book/open notes and must be completed in two hours. Once the quiz has begun, it must be completed and cannot be finished at a later time. (MLO: A, E, H)