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Endorsement in School Social Work – Those students who wish to qualify for endorsement in School Social Work need to complete the core courses for the M.S.W. Children, Youth, and Families emphasis along with the following additional course requirements:


SOCW 533-2 - SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN THE SCHOOLS

Course Description:
In-depth examination of the history and practice of social work in primary and secondary schools. Roles of school social workers and practice approaches are emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of foundation or transition courses, SPED 408 or SPED 420 and admission to the School Social Work certification program.


SOCW 567 - 2 ADVANCED SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK ISSUES

Course Description:
Exploration of policies, programs, practice, and legislative trends affecting public service in school social work. Prerequisite: SOCW 533.


EDUC 319 - 3 LANGUAGE AND LEARNING

Course Description:
This course introduces first and second language development and acquisition, language variation, cultural diversity, bilingual education, and culturally and linguistically responsive instruction.  The course will serve as a foundation for methods courses in the teacher education program where teacher candidates will learn best practices to teach ELLs (English language learners), dialect speakers, and other students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.


EAHE 501 - 3 vision and planning for School improvement

Course Description:
In this graduate level course, school professionals will be introduced to the role and functions of the school principal as defined in federal, state, and local statutes.  It will also address the variations of that role based on school level (Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school).  Professionals will be able to define and conceptualize what it means to be an instructional leader and the notion of distributed leadership.  Professionals will gain an understanding of the needs of all students (ELL/bilingual; special needs, other).  Professionals will understand how literacy and numeracy instruction impacts student learning and how student performance data informs the school vision and plans for school improvement.

(A waiver may be available with permission of the School of Social Work)


EAHE 503 - 3 Collaborative Structures

Course Description:
In this graduate level course, school professionals will focus on structures that allow engagement between educators on issues of practice (i.e. professional learning communities, communities of practice) as a means for leaders to support the development of organizational goals, group and individual student, parent involvement, professional teaching/learning, and school success.  School professionals will learn to track cohort data to determine the successes of groups and subgroups as a means to determine whether or not school culture is unified and cohesive.  School professionals will apply theory to practice as they engage in decision-making activities involving school-wide change processes and monitoring effective instruction, expanding upon their awareness of the 2013 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards that foster a culture of student learning.

(A waiver may be available with permission of the School of Social Work)


SPED 408 – 3 characteristics and methods for teaching exceptional children

Course Description:
(Same as EDUC 308) – For pre-service teachers who serve children and youth with disabilities.  The course focuses on essential disability characteristics, data-based decision-making, scientifically-based academic and behavioral interventions and strategies to differentiate instruction and accommodate learners with disabilities in general education classrooms.

(SPED 408-3 OR sped 420-3 is a prerequisite to field placement for students in the School Social Work Endorsement Program and MUST be completed before fall semester field placement (SOCW 543A, B)


SPED 420 – 3 advanced theories and practices

Course Description:
The course is an advanced survey of exceptional populations and addresses educational, social, legal, cultural and community practices associated with individuals with disabilities, ages 0-21 years old.

(SPED 408-3 OR sped 420-3 is a prerequisite to field placement for students in the School Social Work Endorsement Program and MUST be completed before fall semester field placement (SOCW 543A, B)


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