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ED 522 Legal Aspects of Spec Educ
Pate, Victoria J.


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Course

ED 522 Legal Aspects of Special Education

Semester

S2P 2009 DL

Faculty

Pate, Victoria J.

Title

Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor
Mediation Certification

Daytime Phone

816-741-2253

E-Mail

victoria.pate@park.edu

vjpjd53@aol.com

Semester Dates

March 16 - May 10, 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required Text:  What Do I Do When ... : The Answer Book on Special Education Law (5th ed). (2007).
LRP Publications

Authors: Norlin, John and Gorn, Susan
ISBN 13: 9781578340545
Product Code: 300055

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Course Description:
Review and analysis of current case law and litigation related to children with disabilities. Focus on the legal system that assures children with disabilities of a Free Appropriate Public Education with emphasis on due process procedures and other procedural safeguards, discipline, program accessibility, and application of Least Restrictive Environment alternative principles to special education programming.

Educational Philosophy:
To provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunity for the student in which the student will develop an ethical, legal and objective approach to educating children with disabilities.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, social, and political issues which impact the education of children with disabilities.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of landmark cases that resulted in the implementation of educational programming for children with disabilities.
  3. Apply knowledge of case law related to Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), discipline, accessibility.
  4. Apply knowledge of the sequence and interrelatedness of the special education referral process.
  5. 5. Apply knowledge of statutory requirements related to procedural safeguards; due process; and evaluation and placement (including the Individual Education Plan).
  6. Demonstrate positive ethical dispositions related to the education of children with disabilities.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Program Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is development of a written presentation for Special Education Parents Night.    Students will be required to develop a presentation for an “open house” held by a hypothetical school for parents who are “new” to the special education process.  The presentation should identify the various steps in the special education process and should include identification of school and parent responsibilities as well as describe the dispute resolution process.  Additionally, the presentation should identify the goals the school has for a successful educational experience for both parent and child.  Rubric is attached below.


 


This activity constitutes 20% of the total grade for the course.  It should be no longer than five (5) typed, double spaced pages.  It is due not earlier than week 6 of the course and not later than week 7.  This activity assesses outcomes 1 – 6.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 Participation - Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning.  It is generally expected that you will attend all scheduled class sessions (by logging in at least four out of seven days), and contribute to the classroom learning environment by responding to specified discussion questions. Due no later than Wednesday, 12:00 MST. (8 @ 10 points each = 80 points) See Link Below for Discussion Question Scoring Rubric

Respond to at least one (more if you wish) of your classmates postings. Responses should include supporting information and/or new thought related to the issue, not simply an agreement or disagreement statement. Due no later than Sunday, 12:00 MST. (8 @ 5 points each = 40 points) See Link below for Response Scoring Rubric

Week self-check - (8 @ 20 points each =  160 points)

Weekly Application - Each student should upload to the weekly application dropbox her or his response to the weekly application scenario. The response should be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document attachment and is due no later than Sunday, midnight, MST. (8 @ 10 points each = 80 points).  Scoring rubrics specific to each weekly application scenario will be provided in the online classroom.

Final Exam -- Core Assessment Activity:  All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Program Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is development of a written presentation for Special Education Parents Night.    Students will be required to develop a presentation for an “open house” held by a hypothetical school for parents who are “new” to the special education process.  The presentation should identify the various steps in the special education process and should include identification of school and parent responsibilities as well as describe the dispute resolution process.  Additionally, the presentation should identify the goals the school has for a successful educational experience for both parent and child.  The final exam will be closed book and closed notes.

This activity constitutes 20% of the total grade for the course.  The activity assesses outcomes 1 – 6.  (90 points)

Additional Proctored Final Examination/Project Information

  • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
  • Other Information on proctored exams:
    • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
    • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
    • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
    • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Grading:

Course Grading Scale

Your e-college grade book will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your performance throughout the term. 

The grading scale is (450 points possible): 

A = 405 - 450
B = 360 - 404
C = 315 - 359
D = 270 - 314
F = Less than 270

Late Submission of Course Materials:

I expect all activities to be completed and submitted in a timely manner. The total number of points awarded will be reduced by 20% for each day late. No credit will be awarded for responses submitted later than the end of the fourth day after the due date. If you have a bona fide reason why you can not meet submission deadlines, please contact me prior to the date the assignment is due.
 
Note: Week eight assignments may not be submitted late for partial credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A student whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or whose behavior interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One

Overview
Eligibility Requirements

Week Two Procedural Safeguards
Week Three Due Process Procedures; Stay Put
Week Four Evaluation; Private School Students
Week Five    Free and Appropriate Education; Placement
Week Six Related Services
Week Seven Discipline
Week Eight Individual Education Program; Compensatory Services; NCLB

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


Attachments:
Response Rubric

Discussion Question Rebric

Bibliography

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Cognitive Skills - Develop a presentation to hypothetical parents which identifies and explains the steps in the special education process                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1. Content 2. Analysis 3. Synthesis 4. Application 2-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Exceeds expectations – Five or more steps are correctly addressed. Meets expectations – Three to four steps are correctly addressed Does not meet expectations – Two to three steps are correctly addressed Shows no evidence of meeting expectations – One or fewer steps are correctly addressed. 
Identifies responsibilities of both school and parent in the special education process : Responses may be incorporated either in the explanations of the special education process steps (above) or included separately in the presentation.               
Outcomes
1. Content 2. Analysis 3. Synthesis 4. Application 2-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Exceeds expectations – Five or more responsibilities are correctly addressed. Meets expectations – Three to four responsibilities are correctly addressed Does not meet expectations – Two to three responsibilities are correctly addressed Shows no evidence of meeting expectations – One or fewer responsibilities are correctly addressed. 
1. Special education dispositions & principles - Identify primary principles and or dispositions necessary for a successful special education experience and briefly explain their importance.                                                             
Outcomes
1, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Exceeds expectations – Four or more principles are identified and discussed Meets expectations – Three principles are identified and discussed Does not meet expectations – One or two principles are identified and discussed Shows no evidence of meeting expectations – Did not identify any principles or failed to provide an appropriate discussion. 

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