University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

Intensive Special Education Sequence

ISE COURSES

All courses are taught ONLINE using Blackboard

To learn which courses are offered next semester contact ISE Coordinator Darren McIntyre: ISE@uvm.edu or Visit our Upcoming Courses Page


EDSP 200: Collaborative Consultation and Co-teaching, Supporting Paraeducators and Supporting Positive Peer Relationships in ISE (3 Credits)

This course will address systems necessary to support all children, especially those with the most severe and multiple disabilities, to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum and environments. Participants will explore the use of collaborative teaming and consultation models, developing peer relationships, and supporting all children in inclusive school classes and activities. The class will also explore models for utilizing, supporting and evaluating paraeducators in Intensive Special Education (ISE).

For information contact ISE Coordinator Tim Fox: Timothy.Fox@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabus for EDSP 200: Collaborative Consultation and Co-teaching, Supporting Paraeducators and Supporting Positive Peer Relationships in ISE use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 200: Differentiated Instruction, UDL, and Instructional Technology (3 Credits)

This course explores ways that special educators can utilize the general education practices and instructional technology of differentiated instruction and Universal Design for Learning to address the diverse strengths and needs of all students in today's classrooms. A focus of the course will be learning to effectively use existing and emerging instructional technologies, to integrate the use of assistive technology into instruction and inclusive practices to assist and support the success of all students, including students with the most severe disabilities.

For information contact instructor Timothy Fox: Timothy.Fox@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabus for EDSP 200: Differentiated Instruction, UDL, and Instructional Technology use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 200: Literacy for Learners with Significant Disabilities (3 Credits)

This course explores literacy skill acquisition as a lifelong process that is important for all learners in order to experience a high quality life. Traditionally, learners with significant disabilities have not had the same access to early literacy experiences and learning that their peers without disabilities. Through participation in this course, participants will learn about the research base for best practice in literacy learning including assessment and instruction for all learners and strategies for overcoming the challenges learners with intensive special education (ISE) needs experience. Participants will explore strategies for adapting instruction, materials, and identifying technology tools to design and implement literacy experiences/instruction for a learner with ISE needs.

For information contact instructors Tammy Alexander: Tammy.Alexander@uvm.edu or Mary Ellen Seaver-Reid: Mary.Seaver-Reid@uvm.edu


EDSP 200: Curriculum Development and Universal Design for Learning (3 Credits)

This three-credit course will focus on designing curriculum with the learning needs of all students in mind. An overview of theories of curriculum design will be covered, with a particular focus on applying Action Research to change and inform practice in the classroom. Universal Design for Learning Principles in combination with existing neuroscience research will be studied as methods to rethink and reinvent the design of curriculum. Students will leave this course having completed an Action Research project using UDL principles in either preK-12 education or Higher Education.

For information contact instructor Dr. Holly Buckland Parker Holly.Parker@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabus for EDSP 200: Curriculum Development and Universal Design for Learning use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 216: Methods and Curriculum in Intensive Special Education (3 Credits)

This course will benefit general and special education teachers, related services providers, interventionists, paraeducators and others who participate in designing and providing instruction for students, preschool through high school, who have moderate to severe disabilities, including autism. Participants will design, implement and evaluate specialized instruction for students with complex learning profiles. Students will also conduct an in-depth functional assessment, design effective specialized instructional strategies, and implement specialized instruction within a functional, relevant, meaningful and age appropriate framework. Course assignments are intended to be completed on behalf of a student you teach.

For information contact instructor Ginny Iverson: Virginia.Iverson@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabus for EDSP 216: Methods and Curriculum in Intensive Special Education use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 228: Advanced Methods and Curriculum in Intensive Special Education (3 Credits)

This course will provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate quality specialized instruction within general education classes and activities. Participants will utilize evidenced-based practices, including advanced specialized instructional methods to create individualized instructional programs in the areas of self-help, recreation, employment, literacy and math for students with very unique learning profiles within the context of the general education curriculum. Participants will also learn the process for developing a plan for their state's Alternative Assessment and a process for designing Positive Behavior Support Plans for students with highly challenging behaviors. Methods for delivering specialized instruction in inclusive school and community environments will be offered. All instructional plans will be designed within a framework that promotes dignity and respect towards the student and their family. Scholars will continuously reflect on their practices in order to support their commitment to high student achievement, preparation inclusive practices, advocacy, and self-determination. (Prerequisite requirement: Successful completion of EDSP 216)

For information contact instructor Ginny Iverson: Virginia.Iverson@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabus for EDSP 228: Advanced Methods and Curriculum in Intensive Special Education use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 274: Culture of Disability

Students will explore the medical, social, cultural and political experience of disability through readings, fieldwork, and presentations. Topics covered include disability history and cultural meaning; rehabilitation: the medical model and beyond; self-help and social change movements; and explorations of disability narrative in art and literature.

For information contact instructor Deborah Lisi-Baker: Deborah.Lisi-Baker@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabi for EDSP 274: Culture of Disability use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 302: Physical and Developmental Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities (3 Credits)

This course will benefit general and special educators, related services providers, administrators, paraeducators and others involved with educating students with Intensive Special Education needs from preschool through high school. It offers conceptual and practical information and skills to facilitate the education of students with severe disabilities in inclusive classrooms, based on best practices in intensive special education. Historical and current perspectives will be explored along with conceptual frameworks for educating children with severe disabilities (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, deafblindness).

For information contact instructor Ginny Iverson: Virginia.Iverson@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabi for 302: Physical and Developmental Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 311: Approaches to Communication for Students with Intensive Special Education Needs (3 Credits)

The class will focus on supporting the language, literacy and academic development of students with Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) needs. Participants will learn how to accurately assess and record students' language and communication abilities at pre-symbolic, symbolic, and abstract symbolic levels. These needs will be analyzed relative to the academic and participation expectations of the learning environments. Participants will then identify appropriate tools and strategies that will promote the students' access, involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.

For information contact instructor Maureen Nevers: Maureen.D.Nevers@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabi for EDSP 311: Approaches to Communication for Students with Intensive Special Education Needs use this link: Course Syllabus


EDSP 316: Research Seminar in ISE: Inclusion and Systems Change (3 Credits)

Participants in this course will research current and exemplary school practices including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and devise action plans for creating a school culture that supports all students, roles and responsibilities of Intensive Special Education (ISE) teacher and paraeducators, and the infusion of specialized instruction into general education lessons. Participants will also learn to use an action research model for determining the efficacy of teaching methods used for students with intensive needs in general education activities.

For information contact instructors Daren McIntyre: Darren.McIntyre@uvm.edu or Susan Edelman: Susan.Edelman@uvm.edu

To view a sample syllabi for EDSP 316: Research Seminar in ISE: Inclusion and Systems Change use this link: Course Syllabus


Please note that all syllabus provided on this website are subject to change at the professors' discretion and are intended only for illustrative purposes

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