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Elementary Inclusive Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Elementary Inclusive Education

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

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Course Listing

Program Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

C&T 4000 Disability, exclusion and schooling
For students preparing to be both general and special-education teachers. Exploration of the historical, legal, cultural, and social/emotional experiences and representations of the characteristics of people across the full range of disabilities. The course focuses on life contexts, including education, family (caregiver), employment, and independent living as well as lifespan transitions. It draws on a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship and ways of knowing.

C&T 4123 Curriculum and instruction in elementary education
Permission required. An introduction to teaching, learning, and curriculum in elementary classrooms, including: learning processes, instructional planning, child observation and assessment, classroom management and environments, working in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings, and culture and community. The course emphasizes the relationship between theory and practice, and supports students in the development of self-analytic, reflective, and problem solving skills. Special fee: $100.
Instructor(s): Britt Hamre, Celia Oyler

C&T 4124 Curriculum development in elementary education
Permission required. Continuation and extension of C&T 4123, with an emphasis on curriculum design issues, standards, and multi-level curriculum development. Students work in teams to develop multi-grade/age curriculum.
Instructor(s): Britt Hamre, Celia Oyler

C&T 4133 Learning and teaching in the intermediate reading/writing classroom
Permission required. Examines strategies for teaching, organizing, and assessing reading and writing in intermediate grades.
Instructor(s): Lucy Calkins

C&T 4301 Formal assessment of exceptional students
Permission required. Participation in educational assessment of referred children. Analysis of observational and standardized test data; formulation of educational enrichments, accommodations, and modifications. Conducted in the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services or in appropriate community facilities. Course meets double sessions. Lab fee: $150.

C&T 4311 Advanced practicum--teaching students with disabilities
Permission required. Part-time practicum in New York City schools, coupled with critical special education core classes. Co-requisites: C&T 5080, 5081, and 5905.

C&T 4726 Professional laboratory experiences/student teaching (year-long) in elementary education
Permission required. Students must begin in the fall term. Students engage in an intensive field placement under the sponsorship of a classroom teacher with supervision shared by the cooperating teacher and Teachers College staff members. The experience begins with a three-week practicum period, followed by a ten-week student teaching experience; students spend a minimum of 3 1/2 days in the classroom each week. Assignments to classrooms provide an emphasis on education for both younger and older children in a range of urban settings, including opportunities in the College's Professional Development Schools. Offered in conjunction with C&T 4123 and C&T 4124. Students applying to student teach must file a Declaration of Intention to Student Teach by April 15th prior to the fall term.

C&T 4729 Professional laboratory experiences/student teaching (year-long) in elementary education
Permission required. Students engage in an intensive field placement under the sponsorship of a classroom teacher with supervision shared by the cooperating teacher and Teachers College staff members. The experience begins with a three-week practicum period, followed by a ten-week student teaching experience; students spend a minimum of 3 1/2 days in the classroom each week. Assignments to classrooms provide an emphasis on education for both younger and older children in a range of urban settings, including opportunities in the College's professional development schools. Students applying to student teach must file a Declaration of Intention to Student Teach by April 15th prior to the fall term.

C&T 5080 Access to full participation in schools
This course is designed to offer an in-depth understanding of issues that frame the participation of students with disabilities in various educational settings. It will critically examine the legal and structural framework that regulates the education of students with disabilities. This course will explore current pedagogical practices within the field of special education, while it simultaneously seeks to build the tool-kit of teachers to meet the needs of students with varying kinds and degrees of educational needs. This will involve a critical examination of classroom structures for participation that have traditionally been made available to students with disabilities as well as the exploration of alternate ones that can facilitate the learning and development of a diverse student body.

C&T 5081 Collaborative communication in cultural contexts
This course is designed for students taking the Inclusive Elementary Disability Studies Core, as well as for students in the CUED program with a Disability Studies Concentration. This course will explore, from a disability studies perspective, strategies for developing effective communication and interpersonal interaction skills appropriate for both collaborative and consultative relationships in schools. Focus will be on the development of these skills in interactions with both school professionals and family members of students. Particular attention will be paid to the development of these skills in ways that are responsive and relevant to diverse students.

C&T 5905 Seminar in learning disabilities and disability studies in education
Permission required. Students work in small groups under guidance on practical problems related to teacher-as-scholar practitioner, teacher-as-classroom researcher, and teacher-as-change agent. Emphasis on ethical practices for diverse learners. Special fee: $25.