Summer Term Special Education Classes

Summer Term Special Education Classes
This summer, George Fox University is offering several courses toward the SPED Endorsement that will be taught right here at the District Office. George Fox bills HSD directly, and the District will pay using your tuition reimbursement benefit. You can even borrow ahead from that benefit so there is no out-of-pocket expense!* (*A one-time registration fee of $40 is not reimbursable.) E-mail Kristina Gantt in HR if you have questions or would like to register for any or all of the available classes.

SPED 521 Assessment and Evaluation- Instructor - Kristen Clarke
May 5, 12, 19 and June 2
4.5 quarter credits - This course addresses assessment and evaluation as the means for making instructional decisions. The candidate will learn and practice multiple ways of assessing students. These include informal assessment, progress monitoring, formal evaluations, and standardized achievement tests to synthesize all that data to create a cohesive picture of the student’s standing, and continue to use the appropriate assessment tools to generate the information needed to make curricular and program decisions. Understand the special identification process (the discrepancy model, IQ vs. academic achievement test).

SPED 531 Case Management - Instructor Linda Warberg
June 23, June 28, June 29, June 30
3 quarter credits -  Candidates will gain knowledge and skills in writing effective Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and acquire communication and collaboration strategies to facilitate IEP meetings and interactions with families. Candidates will identify key issues that could lead to litigation. Course content includes communication, organization, and administrative management.

The following courses, SPED 513, SPED 524 and SPED 552 are taught as a group. These are the Life Skill/self-contained courses. Instructor: Erin O'Conner - July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27. 

SPED 513 Structures for Teaching and Learning: Functional
4.5 quarter credits -  This course prepares candidates to meet the needs of school students with low incidence learning disabilities who may or may not spend some time in general education classrooms.  Candidates explore and discuss low incidence disabilities including: intellectual disability, hearing impairment, visual impairment, deaf/blindness, communication disorder, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, and other health impairments. Functional living skills are incorporated into content planning.

SPED 524 Assistive Technology & Specialized Support
1.5 quarter credits -  This course will focus on developing candidates’ ability to evaluate technological and assistive supports and determine appropriateness for exceptional learners. Candidates will design and develop assistive technology tools for use in academic and functional settings.

SPED 552 Community Supports and Transitional Programs
3 quarter credits -  This course will focus on the families, individuals, and community supports for individuals with disabilities ages birth - 21. Candidates will identify age-appropriate services such as Head Start, early intervention, vocational educational programs, community experiences, employment and other post-school adult living objectives, acquisition of daily living skills, if appropriate, and access to state and federal services.