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									                                                                   Graduate Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form


                          Graduate Curriculum Committee
                             Course Proposal Form for
                         Courses Numbered 5000 and Higher
Note: Before completing this form, please carefully read the accompanying instructions.

1.     Course Prefix and Number:                   SPED 8620                     2. Date:          11-26-07

3.     Requested Action (check only one box):
                 X    New Course
                      Revision of Active Course
                      Revision & Unbanking of a Banked Course
                      Renumbering of an Existing Course from
                              from     #                    to        #

4.     Justification (assessment or accreditation based) for new course or course revision or
       course renumbering:
     SPED 8620 Trends, Issues and Research Related to Special Education in Curriculum and Instruction (3) is a
     new course designed as part of the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction to focus on scholarly research in Special
     Education. This course supports specialization in the program area of Special Education. This course provides
     content and develops skills necessary to the preparation of doctoral level teacher educators and researchers in
     the area of Special Education.
     One area of emphasis within the university’s strategic plan is leadership in teacher education at the national
     level. This program will contribute to addressing the critical statewide and national shortage of teachers by
     training teacher educators who will, in turn, prepare more teachers. The Association of Teacher Educators’
     national standards for doctoral level preparation provide the conceptual framework upon which this course and
     the      curriculum    for     the     PhD      in     Curriculum     and      Instruction   were     designed
     (http://www.ate1.org/pubs/Standards_for_Teac.cfm).

5.     Course description exactly as it should appear in the next catalog:
     8620. Trends, Issues and Research Related to Special Education in Curriculum and
     Instruction (3) Epistemological, social, psychological, and historical foundations of special
     education, with focus on research design techniques and procedures.

6.     If this is a course revision, briefly describe the requested change:

                                                                                             p. 178
7. Graduate Catalog Page Number from current Graduate catalog:

8. Course Credit:
           Lecture Hours        3     Weekly OR                    Per Term Credit Hours           3      s.h.
           Lab                        Weekly OR                    Per Term Credit Hours                  s.h.
           Studio                     Weekly OR                    Per Term Credit Hours                  s.h.
           Practicum                  Weekly OR                    Per Term Credit Hours                  s.h.

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          Internship             Weekly OR             Per Term Credit Hours                     s.h.
          Other (e.g., independent study) Please explain.                                 3
                                                             Total Credit Hours                  s.h.

9.      Anticipated annual student enrollment:              10


10.     Affected Degrees or Academic Programs:
                                              Current
             Degree(s)/Course(s)          Catalog Page                 Changes in Degree Hours
      Ph.D. in C&I                        p. 168

      SPED                                p. 178

11.     Overlapping or Duplication with Affected Units or Programs:
          x    Not Applicable
               Notification & response from affected units is attached

12.     Approval by the Council for Teacher Education (required for courses affecting teacher
        education programs):
          x    Not Applicable
               Applicable and CTE has given their approval.

13.     Statements of Support:
        a. Staff
           x     Current staff is adequate
                 Additional Staff is needed (describe needs in the box below):


        b. Facilities
           x    Current facilities are adequate
                Additional Facilities are needed (describe needs in the box below):


        c. Library
           x   Initial library resources are adequate
               Initial resources are needed (in the box below, give a brief explanation
               and an estimate for the cost of acquisition of required initial resources):


        d. Computer resources
           x  Unit computer resources are adequate
              Additional unit computer resources are needed (in the box below, give a
              brief explanation and an estimate for the cost of acquisition):

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         x     ITCS Resources are not needed
               The following ITCS resources are needed (put a check beside each need):
                     Mainframe computer system
                     Statistical services
                     Network connections
                     Computer lab for students
               Approval from the Director of ITCS attached

14.   Course information: see Instructions for Completing the Graduate Curriculum
      Committee Course Proposal Form for more detail
      a. TEXTBOOK(S): author(s), name, publication date, publisher, and city/state/country
         Faculty will choose from the following list and will supplement with readings from selected books,
         journals, and conference proceedings:
         Selected journal articles (from national peer-reviewed sources) and technical reports (from US
         Department of Education research centers)

      b. Course objectives student –centered behavioral objectives for the course –
      The student will:
         1. Evaluate trends and issues in special education and define their impact on classroom practice
         2. Compare and contrast current education trends that affect special education to construct a
             historical perspective and predict the future impact in special education
         3. Demonstrate expertise in a selected trend by leading peers and faculty in interactive dialogue on the
             topic as related to special education
         4. Develop theoretical framework for understanding cultural diversity in rural schools supporting
             students with disabilities
         5. Critique efficacy of various routes for personnel preparation/professional development and
             implications for highly qualified teacher requirements
         6. Evaluate the role of special education in relation to general education in rural schools to ensure the
             success of students who could be at-risk for failure, expulsion, misidentification
         7. Compare characteristics of research-based practices to implications for special education service
             delivery

      c. A course content outline
          1. Trends and issues in special education in the areas of
                   a. rural education
                   b. personnel preparation and professional development
                   c. service delivery models
                   d. research to practice (identification and service delivery)
                   e. instructional and assistive technology
                   f. standards and assessment
                   g. legislative or judicial rulings and their implementation
                   h. moral and ethical conflicts
                   i. gender
          2. Strategies for addressing trends and issues in the field of special education
          3. Use of collaboration to address trends and issues in the field of special education
      d. A list of course assignments and weighting of each assignment and the grading/evaluation system for
      determining a grade.
          1. Seminar Expert. The student will take the role of seminar leader for a trend that is relevant to the
              student’s area/goal (for example: teacher, administrator, professor). The student will find the
              research, interview authorities on the topic, lead and facilitate the discussion for seminar.
              Presentation software will be used, and a reference guide for future study will be presented at the
              seminar (30%).


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   2. Research Paper. The student will write a research paper on a different current trend on a national
      or state topic related to rural education, technology and/or distance education, as related to the
      program area (30%).

   3. Timeline. Based on the analysis of either above listed topic, the student will prepare a timeline of
      notable events developments and project the next 1, 5, and 10 years relevancy of the topic based
      on interviews with authorities, research conducted, and class focal points from seminars (20%).

   4. Presentation Proposal. The student will develop a proposal for presentation at a regional or
      national conference on a topic or trend emphasized in the class (20%).

Grade Assignments
   A=      93-100
   B=      85-92
   C=      77-84
   F = Below 77




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