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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Special Education Part 2

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Course Schedule
Session Dates Deadline Status
Late Summer 2021 Aug 09, 2021 - Oct 01, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 Open
Fall 2021 Sep 27, 2021 - Dec 03, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 Open
Fall/Winter 2021 Nov 08, 2021 - Feb 11, 2022 Oct 29, 2021 Open
Winter 2022 Jan 24, 2022 - Apr 08, 2022 Jan 14, 2022 Open
Late Winter 2022 Feb 21, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022 Feb 11, 2022 Open
*Registration will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the posted registration deadline date.
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Course Description

  • CONT505
  • CAN 685.00
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

In Special Education Part 2, you will extend your knowledge of the instructional, programming, and assessment needs of students requiring special education. This course will help you better understand exceptional students’ educational needs, so you can ensure positive and inclusive learning experiences.

You will explore, in a critical, holistic, and integrated way:

• theoretical foundations of special education
• development of learners
• program planning and implementation
• instructional practices
• assessment and evaluation
• the learning environment
• ethical considerations related to teaching and learning across the divisions

You will also learn to develop academic and nonacademic programs, based on assessments designed for students with exceptionalities. You will refine your knowledge of various assessment tools that address behaviour and cognitive functioning.

You will acquire an awareness of legal issues, an understanding of the IEP and IPRC funding models and other legislated procedures, and the implications of health and safety standards, human rights legislation, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Per Teachers Qualifications Regulation 184/97, you are required by the Ontario College of Teachers to spend at least 125 hours on course-related work. As well, the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession have been embedded in the learning expectations.

What You’ll Learn and Do

In this course, you will have the opportunity to:

• investigate and implement Ministry of Education curriculum expectations, and Ministry of Education and district school board policies and guidelines
• develop the theoretical understanding and foundation necessary to design, implement, and assess programs for students with exceptionalities
• integrate into your practice First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ways of knowing
• create learning environments conducive to the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, linguistic, cultural, spiritual, and moral development of students with exceptionalities
• develop a deeper understanding of how to use, accommodate, and modify expectations, strategies, and assessment practices, based on students’ developmental or special needs as outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
• work collaboratively with in-school personnel, parents/guardians, and the community to access a variety of resources within and beyond the educational system to enhance and support student learning
• demonstrate an openness to innovation and change
• inquire into teaching practices through reflection, active engagement, and collaboration
• demonstrate the ability to integrate information and communication technology into teaching practice
• embed theory into practice
• gain a working knowledge of an array of formal and informal assessment strategies for the purpose of pedagogical decision-making
• develop a holistic understanding of programming to meet the needs of individual students by considering the relationship between education, mental health, and well-being

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Application Requirements

1) OCT Membership showing completion of Part 1


Signed by a Supervisory Official* from your Board confirming that you have one year (194 days) of teaching experience since becoming a certified teacher.

*The Ontario College of Teachers defines "Supervisory Official" as the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of the school board for a teacher employed by a Board of Education. A principal or headmaster is not recognized in this capacity. For a teacher employed by a private school, the "supervisory official" is the Ministry of Education official (Education Officer) appointed to your school. For overseas experience the appropriate Supervisory Official is the person your Principal reports to.

**Please note that if you have an existing Part 2, Part 3 (Specialist), or Honour Specialist qualification on your OCT record you are not required to submit a form for a Part 2 course. A new form is always required for Part 3 (Specialist).

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Course Materials

This course has no required resources

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Applicants who require accommodations for a specific learning need (e.g., learning disability) within their AQ/ABQ course, should click here for further information and support.

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