Instructional Strategist I

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This track consists of 11 courses in a 30 semester hour specialization that prepares the teacher or administrator to be a competent leader in special education roles. This specialization provides practical, hands-on learning experiences in teaching and leading in a distinctively Christian manner. Coursework focuses on specific strategies for assessing and addressing learning and behavioral difficulties of various types. Courses provide experience in developing instructional strategies, inclusion opportunities, behavior interventions, and working with professionals and parents to maximize learning opportunities for children. Optional courses in Applied Behavior Analysis may be added to qualify for the BCBA certification exam.

Master of Special Education Courses (30 CREDITS)

  • EDUC 501 Issues in Education (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 502 Learner Development (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 505 Foundations of Special Education (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 511 Assessment of Learning Difficulties (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 512 Advanced Behavior and Social Interventions (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 513 Instructional Decisions (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 514 Transitional Support & Collaborative Partnerships (3 Credits)
  • EDUC 522 Advanced Pedagogies for Teaching Literacy (1.5 Credits)
  • EDUC 523 Advanced Pedagogies for Teaching Math (1.5 Credits)
  • SPED 613 Experimental Design & Interpretation of Data (3 Credits)
  • SPED 611 Foundations of ABA (3 Credits)

Licensure Endorsements

Students who are interested in adding a special education teaching endorsement to their Iowa teaching license may contact grad@dordt.edu for more information. Endorsement options include:

K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (260) 
5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (261)