Standard 13: Curriculum and Instruction of Students with Disabilities

The program provides opportunity for candidates to demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, adapt, modify, and evaluate a variety of pedagogical approaches to instruction, including instructional sequences, unit and lesson plans, that provide students with disabilities with equitable access to the content and experiences found in the state-approved core curriculum. Candidates acquire and demonstrate strategies and best practices to develop differentiated lessons and instructional sequences that are appropriate for individuals with diverse strengths and needs in a variety of educational environments. Candidates must be able to apply these skills as they pertain to their specific area of specialization and credential authorizations across age and grade levels. Candidates must be able to co-teach, collaborate, consult and work in instructional teams to enhance curriculum and instruction of students with disabilities.

Modifying core curriculum to meet the linguistic needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing is practiced in all seminar classes at the graduate level: Speech, Language and School Subjects. Weekly lesson plans for speech practicum include using core language arts curriculum to teach speech and language concepts.  In the Theme Unit project for CDDS 264 Seminar: School Subjects, candidates demonstrate knowledge and application of differentiated instruction techniques across the curriculum on a related theme.