Special Education - also available as modules for Teaching Students with Communications Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Special Education Part I >>
Special Education Part I provides an introduction and overview of the characteristics of students identified as exceptional and students who require modifications and/or accommodations based on their learning needs. This course will help teachers develop skills and knowledge in the design, delivery, programming and assessment of special education. Teachers will gain knowledge of various exceptionalities, Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario College of Teachers legislation, curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies.
Special Education Part II >>
This course provides candidates the ability to extend and apply skills and knowledge in Special Education programs and services. Special Education Part II continues to develop skills and knowledge of teachers in the design, delivery, programming and assessment of students with exceptional needs. This course will support the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents as well as other Ministry of Education policies and support documents.
Special Education Specialist >>
Special Education Specialist provides candidates the ability to extend and apply skills and knowledge in Special Education programs and services. Special Education, Specialist is the extension of Special Education Part II and will develop leadership skills and knowledge of teachers in the design, delivery, programming and assessment of students with exceptional needs. This course will support the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents as well as other Ministry of Education policies and support documents.

This course provides candidates with an in depth knowledge of the field of special education with a focus on developing leadership and advocacy skills. Candidates will explore Ministry directions and issues facing Special Education in Ontario. Opportunities will be provided for the critical analysis of current programming, legislation, regulations, policies, and ethical issues. This will culminate in a practical leadership experience that will demonstrate the candidate’s interest in and commitment to leadership in special education.
Teaching Students with Communications Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

This course, including its modular format, provides an introduction and overview of the characteristics of students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Candidates will extend and apply their skills and knowledge in Special Education programs and services for their work with students with Autism. Teaching Students with Communications Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) lays the foundation for understanding what Autism is, how students with Autism learn, how they communicate, how they behave, as well as how to recognize and use their skills, strengths and needs in their inclusion in the regular classroom.  This course will provide knowledge needed by teachers to design and deliver programs and assessment for students along the spectrum. This course will be consistent with the expectations outlined in Ministry of Education curriculum policy and support documents.

Take the course in its entirety or in modular format as follows:

Modules

Modules, approximately 20-25 hours in length, of this course will be offered during the fall, spring and summer sessions. AQ Modular Calendar: September 2014-2016 >>

Module 1: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
This module addresses the following specific components of the AQ course:• Evidence-based research in the field
• Qualitative Impairments in ASD
• Myths and Realities about ASD

Module 2: Program Planning
This module addresses the following specific components of the AQ course:
• Parental and Community involvement
• Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)
• PPM 140 & 149
• Individual Education Plans

Module 3: Instructional Strategies
This module addresses the following specific components of the AQ course:
• Managing Rituals and other Behaviour
• ABA in-depth
• ABA as an instructional and Assessment Strategy

Module 4: This module addresses the following specific components of the AQ course:
(i) Asperger’s
(ii) Assistive Technology & SEA Funding

Module 5: Ministry Policies and Resources related to Autism Spectrum Disorders
This module addresses the following specific components of the AQ course:
• Ministry Policy (e.g. Regs.181/98) and PPMs 140, 144, 145, 149
• Planned Transitions