Administration and Supervision of Special Education – EDUC 723

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

Course Description

This course addresses critical knowledge for effective leadership, management, and supervision in special education and disability services. Emphasis is placed on the legal foundations for special education and disability services in the United States.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to provide the candidate with an opportunity to explore special education leadership, management, and supervision within the broader context of history, society, and current education. Research and evidence-based practices within the field of special education leadership, management, and supervision will be highlighted in order to equip the candidate with 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. Describe the conceptual foundation of special education leadership and administration specific to key special education concepts such as inclusion, accessibility, and disability.
  2. Evaluate major academic issues and trends in the special education system associated with systemic leadership, the relevance of history and context, the importance of sociocultural lenses, and the nature of cultural responsivity.
  3. Examine special education leadership and administration topics, policies, and issues from a biblical perspective.
  4. Produce research related to an identified issue in special education leadership, administration, or supervision.
  5. Formulate a working knowledge of special education leadership 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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include 1 appropriate citation. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–300 words and include 1 appropriate citation. (MLO: C, D, E)

Journal Critiques (3)

The candidate will write a 225–250-word article critique that focuses on the details of current trends in college teaching or challenges facing college students today. All articles must be current (published within the last 5 years). The paper must be in current APA format and must include a title page and reference page (the title page, reference page, and in-text citations are not included in the word count). (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Historical Review Project

Outline

The candidate will develop a research question/topic, narrowed to investigate a particular topic/issue pertaining to special education. The candidate will then create a detailed outline that includes a minimum of 6 main points and 3 subpoints under each main point. A minimum of 1 secondary source must be included in the candidate’s analysis. This assignment must be in current APA format, including a title page and reference page.

Research Paper

The candidate will write a 1,500–1,750-word paper in current APA format that focuses on the selected topic and discusses how the treatment of the topic has changed over time. The paper must include a title page, an abstract, and a reference page. A minimum of 5 secondary scholarly sources must be included. (MLO: A, C, D, E)

Research to Practice Presentation

The candidate will identify a topic of interest (e.g., a specific special education leadership or administration practice or policy) and develop a presentation for stakeholders. The presentation must be 20–25 minutes and must include 5–6 scholarly references and 1 relevant Bible verse. (MLO: C, D, E)

Personal Debate Paper

The candidate will write a 5-page paper in current APA format that focuses on the topic of special education leadership. The paper must include a title page and a reference page (included in the required page count) and must also include a minimum of 3 scholarly references. (MLO: B, C, E)

Journal Analysis Paper

The candidate will write an 800–1,000-word essay in current APA format in which the candidate compares 3 scholarly journal articles with different points of view on an issue related to special education leadership and administration. The articles must be current (published within the last 5 years). The Journal Analysis Paper must incorporate at least 1 relevant Bible verse and include a title page, an abstract, and a reference page. (MLO: A, B, D, E)