Module 3 Objectives – Reading, Mathematics, and Personal Special Education Philosophy
Competency 8 - The special education teacher promotes students' performance in English language arts and reading.
The beginning special education teacher:
• Applies knowledge of developmental processes associated with communication systems (e.g., listening, speaking, writing), including emergent and pre-literacy skills, and knows how to provide a variety of opportunities for students with disabilities to learn communication skills.
• Knows how to use a variety of assessment practices and procedures to plan and implement instruction in English language arts and reading that is responsive to the strengths and needs of individuals with disabilities.
• Knows the nature and stages of literacy development, and various contexts and methods for promoting students' literacy development.
• Applies knowledge of phonological and phonemic awareness and strategies for promoting the phonological and phonemic awareness of students with disabilities.
• Applies knowledge of the alphabetic principle and word analysis skills (e.g., decoding, structural analysis, sight word vocabulary), and knows how to provide students with disabilities with systematic instruction that promotes their ability to apply the alphabetic principle and word analysis and decoding skills.
• Applies knowledge of reading fluency and the relationship between reading fluency and reading comprehension, and knows how to provide students with disabilities with systematic instruction that promotes their reading fluency.
• Knows the importance of comprehension in reading, and knows how to provide students with disabilities with instruction in the use of skills and strategies (e.g., critical/creative thinking) to promote their reading comprehension.
• Knows how to provide students with disabilities with systematic instruction to develop skills in writing conventions and competence in written communication.
• Knows the relationship between learning and effective study, critical-thinking, and inquiry skills, and knows how to use various methods and strategies to teach students with disabilities to apply study, critical-thinking, and inquiry skills.
• Knows skills for interpreting, analyzing, evaluating, and providing visual images and messages, and knows how to provide systematic instruction that helps students with disabilities learn to interpret, analyze, evaluate, and create visual images and messages in various media and technologies.