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Special Education (B.A.)

Special Education (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Deepen and enrich students’ understanding of effective instructional and behavioral strategies for teaching students with disabilities.

Content/Discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program level by candidates’ creation of a research-based instructional materials portfolio that consists of academic and/or behavioral strategies that have been demonstrated effective for students with mild to moderate disabilities in EEX 4254, Teaching Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Model clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills.

Communication skills are assessed at the program level by four University Supervisor Evaluations and two posted Observation Evaluation Instruments in EEX 4940, Final Internship.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Employ higher-order questioning techniques.

Critical higher-order thinking skills are assessed at the program level through candidate creation of a “strategy application project” in which candidates identify and gather materials suitable for content area instruction in RED 4350, Literacy Content and Processes.