Bridgewater State College                                                                  SE403-  3 credits

Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders           Dr. Lisa Battaglino

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SE403  Curriculum Development and Implementation for the Special Needs Learner


Course Description:

This course enables the student to design and implement appropriate Individual Educational Plans (IEP) under existing Federal and State Laws.  Emphasis on strategies and techniques which promote the academic, social, emotional, vocational and cultural needs of the special needs learner within a variety of instructional environments.  Pre-practicum monitored field based experiences required at the level of certificate sought; N-9 and 5-12. (Prerequisite:  SE202, SE203 and acceptance in the Professional Education Program)


Field Experience Requirement:

During this 20 hour field experience the college student visits one special education setting and under the supervision of a classroom teacher and the college professor implements the administration of age appropriate informal language arts and mathematics assessments.  The visits should be broken up into at least six scheduled sessions.  The purpose of this experience is to enable the student to learn to record and interpret the results of  informal assessments and to develop language arts and mathematics lesson plans appropriate to meet the needs of students with special needs.  In addition the student will prepare an appropriate Individualized Education Plan and Case Study on the child.



Measurable Objective: 

The student will administer, score and interpret informal assessment data.  The student will write an Individualized Education Plan and Case Study consistent with testing results, behavioral observations and background information.  The student will write and implement appropriate lesson plans as a result of their findings.



Mass Curriculum Frameworks

Schultz & Carpenter, Mainstreaming Exceptional Children, 4th edition, Allyn & Bacon



Appropriate selections from journals, research, etc.



Teaching Methods Employed in the Course:

Class discussion, active learning, and field activities will be utilized as well as tradition lecture format.


Beliefs on Philosophy about Teaching:

This course is an essential culminating course in the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs typically undertaken just prior to student teaching.  It teaches the student the critical components of IEP development and teaches appropriate informal evaluation techniques, education materials and strategies (including lesson plans) for use with special needs learners.  This course will be taught through a variety of teaching strategies including lecture, group/collaborative work, daily reflective activities, portfolio development and field experiences.  Active learning will be stressed in an environment designed to foster motivated independent learners.



1.       Learning to apply course material to improve rational thinking, problem solving and decision making.

2.       Developing specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course.

3.       Learning how professionals in this field go about the process of gaining new knowledge.

4.       Developing skill in expressing oneself orally or in writing.




1.       Students will use the basic and pertinent information required to write appropriate IEPs based on TEAM assessment reports (including interpreting academic, sensory, perceptual, medical, and socio-emotional information) and case studies.

2.       Students will implement and follow legal procedures, identify appropriate curricula, and evaluate educational materials and resources for teaching special needs students.

3.       Students will explain the components of infusing career education into the total curriculum.

4.       Students will construct age appropriate lesson plans based on identified learning characteristics as well as on  research supported instructional strategies and practices. They will demonstrate knowledge and skill in using the functional embedded skills approach, community-based instruction, task analysis, multi-sensory teaching and concrete/ manipulative techniques for students with special needs.

5.       To utilize computer resources on teaching strategies, methods, and specific lesson plans appropriate for use with children with special needs.

6.       Students will develop and document a personal philosophy of special education and its relationship to regular education and reflect strategies to enhance teaching.

7.       Students will use basic terminology to interpret pertinent educational reports.

8.       Students will monitor and record progress of students with special needs.

9.       Students will understand and integrate Massachusetts’ curriculum frameworks with individuals and group instruction objectives for students with special needs.

10.   Students will teach learners with special needs to use thinking, problem solving and other cognitive strategies.

11.   Students will be knowledgeable and demonstrate skill in collaboration with school personnel to maximize direct instruction time.

12.   Students will be knowledgeable about universal precautions to maintain healthy environments.

13.   To design learning environments that foster peer collaboration and adult feedback.

14.   To design learning environments that are multi-sensory and that facilitate active participation, self advocacy, and independence of individuals with disabilities in a variety of group and individual learning activities.






Major Topics:


1.       Informal Assessment techniques and test taking strategies

2.       Informal Assessment in Math, Language Arts and other content areas.

3.       Developing Effective Lesson Plans.

4.       Language Arts Teaching Strategies and Materials.

5.       Mathematics Teaching Strategies and Materials.

6.       Content Area Teaching Strategies and Materials.

7.       Career Education as Part of the Total Curriculum.

8.        The Prereferral and Referral Process in Special Education.

9.       The Components of the Individual Education Plan.

10.   Writing an Individual Education Plan

11.   Implementing an Individual Education Plan.






v      Students will develop and conduct an effective lesson.

v      Students will observe, conduct assessments and obtain other pertinent data on a student.

v      Students will prepare an appropriate IEP for this learner.

v      Appropriate Examinations





























Tentative Course Content (calendar):


Week of Tuesday:              Topic:                                                                                    Chapters:


1/19                                        Introduction:  Inclusion                                                       1 & 2

                                                                                                                                                The Frameworks

                                                                                                                                                Common Core


1/26                                        The Individualized Education Program                           3 & 4

                                                Intro to the Case Study


2/2                                          Curriculum Library                                                              5 & 6

                                                Robert Simmons Presents the Brigance

                                                The Brigance Preparing a Lesson                                  7 & 8


2/9                                          Enhancing Speaking & Listening Skills                         The Language Arts

                                                Language Arts Evaluation                                                 Framework

                                                Language Arts Instruction                                

                                                Lesson Plan #1


2/16                                        Language Arts Instruction Con.                                        9 & 10

                                                Lesson Plan #2 (with Children)


2/23                                        Mathematics Evaluation                                                     The Math Framework


                                                No class Thursday


3/2                                          Mathematics Instruction                                                     11 & 12

                                                Lesson Plan #3


3/9                                          Spring Break


3/16                                        Spring Break


3/23                                        Science Instruction & Evaluation                                      The Science Framework

                                                Lesson Plan #4                                  

                                                Developing the Case Study


3/20                                        Midterm Examination

                                                Social Studies for the Special                                           The Social Studies

Needs Learner                                                    Framework

                                                Lesson Plan #5


4/6                                          Social Studies Continued & Other

                                                Content Area Instruction

                                                Lesson Plan #6


4/13                                        Writing the IEP

                                                The Instructional Profile & The Performance Profile

                                                No class Thursday

                                                Writing the IEP


4/20                                        Writing the IEP

                                                Goals & Objective


4/27                                        The Case Study


5/4                                          Portfolio Assessment








Bibliography of related materials:


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Bos, Candace S. & Vaughn, Sharon.  (1998)  Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning and

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Henley, Martin, Ramsey, Roberta S. & Algozzine, Robert F.  (1999).  Characteristics of and Strategies for

Teaching Students with Mild Disabilites.  Allyn & Bacon.


Nowicki, Joseph John & Meehan, Kerry F.  (1996).  Collaborative Social Studies Classroom, The: A

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Studies Classrooms¨Toward Collaborative Middle and Secondary Teaching.  Allyn & Bacon.


Meier, Frieda E.  (1992).  Competency-Based Instructions for Teachers of Students with Special Learning

Needs.  Allyn & Bacon.


Doll, Ronald C.  (1996).  Curriculum Improvement: Decision Making and Process.  Allyn & Bacon.


Longstreet, Wilma S. & Shane, Harold G.  (1993).  Curriculum For a New Millenium.  Allyn & Bacon.


Morrison, George S.   (1993).  Contemporary Curriculum K-8.  Allyn & Bacon.


Dobey, Daniel C., Beichner, Robert, J. & Raimondi, Sharon L.  (1999).  Essentials of Elementary Science:

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