Exceptional Individuals

Course Details

Course Number
SPED 3613
Fall 2016
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday/Wednesday 8:00am

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am

Emily Rutherford (view Profile)


Course Objectives

The candidate will meet the following Texas Educator Standards for special educators. These are aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) knowledge and skills standards as they apply to students with disabilities.





Professional Knowledge , Roles, & Responsibilities Cluster



Cluster & Competency



Professional Knowledge , Roles, & Responsibilities Cluster

Lecture, hands-on activity


 Major legislation and current issues related to knowledge and practice

Lecture, activity


Continuum of placement and services available for individuals with disabilities

Lecture, activity, Acc. Manuel


 Disability services, networks, organizations, & publications


Acc. Manuel


Access information on exceptionalities

Lecture, activity


Maintain confidentiality

Guest Lecture


SPED teacher’s Collaborative/Consultative role

Lectures, Guest Lecture


Concerns of families of students w/disabilities & ways to address concerns

Social/Emotional Environment Cluster

FAT City Workshop, Lecture, Movie Review


Barriers to accessibility & acceptance



Importance of teacher’s role modeling

Lecture, Movie Review


Establish and maintain rapport w/students with disabilities

FAT City Workshop, Lecture


Adapt physical environment to promote learning for students with disabilities



Design, establish, & manage routines

Planning and Instruction Cluster

Guest Lecture


Co-planning & co-teaching methods to strengthen content acquisition 

Lecture, Activity, FAT City Workshop


Demands of learning environments



Prevention & intervention strategies for at-risk learners

FAT CITY Workshop, Lecture, Movie Review


Relate levels of support to individual needs



Sources of specialized materials, curricula, & resources

Lecture, Acc. Manuel


Use research-supported methods

Lecture, Acc. Manuel


Select and use specialized strategies appropriate to individual needs and abilities

Lecture, Acc. Manuel


Use appropriate adaptations & technology


Disability Cluster



Similarities & differences between students with and without special needs



Similarities & differences among students with special needs



Differing ways of learning among students with special needs



Impact of disabilities on auditory & information processing skills

Lecture, Movie Review


Effects a disability can have on a person’s life

Lecture, Movie Review


Educational implications of disabilities



Effects of medication on individuals

Human Diversity Cluster

Lecture, Wheelchair Experience, FAT City Workshop, Law Portfolio


Learn and respond appropriately to diverse needs in shaping the campus culture

FAT City Workshop, Lecture, Law Portfolio


Develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students based on relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learners’ needs, and schools and interactive, social, and cultural systems.

Wheelchair Experience, Law Portfolio



Serve as an advocate for all children


Course Expectations


Fat City Reflective Paper

Students will watch the F.A.T. City Workshop video. A reflective piece will be prepared in class.


Movie Reviews (2)

Students will view two movies in which the subject (or significant character) is a person with disabilities.  Students will write a report highlighting factors related to personal and educational implications, levels of support needed, individual needs, rapport establishment, and barriers to accessibility and acceptance. Students will prepare one report for each movie, and share with others in the class.


Accommodation Project

Students will create a document of their choosing listing 6 accommodations for each exceptionality discussed in this course. Ideally, students will use this document as a resource in their future careers.

Grading Standards

Assignments and Exams

Movie Review (2 x 25)                                                             50

Fat City                                                                                      10

Accommodation/Modification/Strategies Project            100

Midterm Exam                                                                        100

Final Exam                                                                              100

Total                                                                                         360


Grading for the Course


100-90% = A

89-80%= B

79-70% = C

69-60% = D

< 60%     = F

Submission Format Policy

Other Class Policies:  

Candidates are expected to be prepared for class by reading assigned material and being able to engage in meaningful discussion content.

  1. Assignments will not be accepted after the beginning of class on the date that they are due.  Students should complete written assignments well in advance of the due date so they do not have difficulties at the last moment that prevent them from submitting work on time. Proof of emergencies (e.g. doctors note must be presented and discussed during a meeting with the instructor. There are no assignment options; therefore, all students are expected to complete all assignments. Failure to complete an assignment, even if you have sufficient points to attain the grade you are seeking, will result in a 10 % reduction in points for the overall course; therefore, be diligent and complete all assignments in an exemplary manner.


  1. Written Work – Should be completed in a professional style. Correct spelling and grammar are critical writing skills that teachers must employ.


  1. Be Prepared – Read assignments and complete assigned work before coming to class.


  1. Adhering to professional ethics – When using professional sources in your writing, cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments. Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.


  1. Speech Screening – If you have not been screened and released by WCOE’s Language Specialist, you will not be allowed to student teach. If you have not previously been screened, please contact Cheryl Gilley, 397-4983, to set up an appointment. Screening is not conducted during the summer months.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy

Absence Policy - Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, candidates are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class, and to stay for the entire class. Tardiness, leaving early, and excessive absences (3) are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously. Candidates will receive a grade of F on the third absence. If a candidate is taking ‘blocked’ courses that are taught at a Professional Development School, requiring field experience, the candidate will be dropped with an F from those classes as well.

Other Policies

Services for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Midwestern State University makes reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with Disability Support Services, Clark Student Center Room 168. Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required. The Director of Disability Support Services serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397-4140, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 168. The web address is


Concealed Carry Statements for the West College of Education University

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016.  Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law.  For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at:



Concealed Carry at Professional Development Schools:

Although MSU follows the requirements of concealed carry on its campus, this does not negate nor supersede state laws regarding the carrying of firearms on K-12 public school campuses. You may not carry a firearm on a K-12 campus. Some public schools campuses have authorized specific personnel to carry a concealed handgun. This does not apply to you.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at