Jul 24, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SPED 3300 - Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities (5-12)

3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every semester.

This course examines an overview of the research and best practices that address mathematically-based learning disabilities in children. Candidates look at how to access, plan and implement math lessons for the students in their classroom that are struggling and/or have a specific learning disability. This course begins by understanding children’s natural development of math skills and examines the specific kinds of difficulties students can have that interfere with their learning math. Using a case study format, candidates look for patterns as to why students have difficulty learning math and learn strategies to use to help them in the classroom. Candidates explore ways to provide appropriate accommodations as allowed under MCAS guidelines as well as list different adaptations and even divergent methods they can use in their own classrooms to help these children be successful. In addition, the course discusses diagnostic methods that profile students’ strengths and weaknesses and finally a strategy-based instruction that targets those identified areas of weaknesses. A prepracticum of 15 hours is required if course not taken in conjunction with EDUC 3740 . This course is also taken in conjunction with SPED 2970  and SPED 3720 . Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities 5-12 Majors. Required for majors

Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of Stage One Education Unit Review and all concentration-required MTELs.

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