Associate of Arts
Degrees and Certificates
This course is designed to prepare future and current teachers to select, use, modify, design, and integrate instructional and assistive technologies in the classroom. Experience in learning and using instructional technology such as email, PowerPoint, internet, database, spreadsheets, scanner, and various software packages will be addressed during the course of the class. These technology enhancements serve as an integral part of lesson development based on the national Education Technology Standards (NETS).
Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) as well as Pennsylvania law, all teachers in all areas of certification in public and charter schools are required to have specific knowledge for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) and understanding ELL programs, enabling teachers to provide accommodations and adaptations to all educational programs for ELLs in Kindergarten through grade 12. This course will demonstrate the application of classroom tools, techniques and methods for teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students at all levels of English language proficiency in the content areas of education.
Educators in grades Pre-K-12 are required to provide services for any student who is assessed and determined by the special education committee to have one or more of the thirteen classifications of a disability or who is categorized as gifted or talented. Any teacher who has a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must not only read and sign the IEP, but must provide for support of the goals and objectives of the IEP in the classroom. This course will include learning to accommodate special education students in the classroom, as well as best practices for teaching students with different types of disabilities.