Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (K-5)

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Course Description:
This course focuses on specialized methods and instructional strategies necessary for special educators to meet the needs of students with disabilities in K–5. Emphasis will be placed on the development, selection, and utilization of appropriate curriculum and instructional approaches that correspond to the capabilities and styles of various learners. Students will identify and review the state-adopted standards and elementary general education curriculum for grades K-5; how those apply to students with special needs; how they align with Florida Access Points. This course requires 15 credit hours of field placement.


Course Details


Amy Somerset



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Richard M. Gargiulo, Emily Bouck. Special Education in Contemporary Society, An Introduction to Exceptionality, 6th  ISBN: 9781506310701.

Belva C. Collins, Mark Wolery. Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities, 1st  ISBN: 9781598571936.

Teaching Students Who are Exceptional, Diverse, and At Risk in the General Education Classroom, 7th, ISBN: 9780134574370, Pearson.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomes

Discipline-level learning outcomes

Assessment methods

Develop a repertoire of instructional strategies and approaches to utilize with exceptional students in K-5 classroom setting.

Develop long range instructional plans for both general and special education curricula for students with exceptional needs in grades K-5.

Develop short term and long term objectives/goals for students with exceptional needs in both general and special education K-5 curriculum.

Identify Florida Sunshine State Standards and Florida Access Points for grades K-5.

Learn to adapt the classroom environment, equipment, technology, and assistive technology in order to facilitate large/small group activities in both general and special education K-5 classrooms for students with disabilities.

Identify and adapt a bulletin board and learning centers that include accommodations to meet the diverse learning needs of students in a K-5 setting.

Identify and demonstrate use of formal and informal assessment instruments to identify students with disabilities K-5.

Gain experience working with exceptional students in a K-5 classroom setting.

Develop an interdisciplinary unit of study to include activities involving math, science, and social studies which also include incorporating manipulatives, movement, music, and art.

Collaborate with professionals in the field to enhance his/her content knowledge.

1.2, 3.2, 3.3, 3.8, 3.9, 5.5

1.4, 1.7, 1.10, 1.11, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8, 6.2, 7.1

1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.10, 1.11, 3.4, 3.7, 5.2, 5.8, 5.11, 5.13, 5.14, 5.15, 6.2, 7.1, 7.7

1.3, 1.7, 3.4, 10.1, 10.2, 10.4

1.7, 4.10, 5.4, 5.7, 12.5, 12.6

3.5, 7.1, 8.3

1.10, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.7

Class Participation, Reports/Presentations

Task CC11A

Task CC11A

Task CC10A

Class Participation, Task CC10E, Test, Reports/Presentations






Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and on-line (Canvas) materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K-12 schools.
  • Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K-12 schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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