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Standard 2: Professional, Legal and Ethical Practices

Each program must provide instruction in the philosophy, history and legal requirements, and ethical practices of special education. This curriculum includes state and federal mandates, legal requirements for assessment, Individualized Family Service Program (IFSP), Individualized Education Program (IEP) development and monitoring, services, and instruction of students with disabilities. The program provides candidates information on laws and regulations as they pertain to promoting teacher behavior that is positive and self-regulatory as well as promoting safe educational environments. The program provides opportunities for demonstration of ethical standards, of teaching, of evidence based educational practices in relation to theories, research and regulations necessary to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities and their families.

CDDS 114 Education of Exceptional Children provides a foundation of knowledge in the philosophy, history and legal requirements, and ethical practices of special education.  Course topics include: the purpose and history of special education, provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), specific information for each disability category of IDEA, planning and service delivery options, requirements and writing of individualized education programs (IEP) and infant family service plans (IFSP). Service delivery models are discussed for infants and toddlers, preschool, elementary, and transition from school to adult life. Also in this course, candidates will review the Council for Exceptional Children Ethical Principles for Special Education Professionals. CDDS 255 Seminar in Assessment of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and Youth focuses on reviewing appropriate assessments for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and appropriate planning of Individualized Educational Programs (IEP). Candidates review IDEA, Section 504, and ADA for children who are Deaf and hard of hearing in CDDS 255. Candidates will shadow an itinerant DHH teacher during an assessment and IEP meeting. Candidates observe the IEP process in CDDS 260 Advanced Clinical Practice: Deaf Education and participate in the IEP process of obtaining parent consent, assessment,  attending IEP team meeting, developing goals, and discussing appropriate placement with the IEP team during final student teaching, CDDS 258.

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