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K-12 Professionals

Improving Special Education Services for the Multicultural Student

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $350

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

This course will explore the reasons why there are a disproportionate number of minority students identified for special education services. Teachers will learn how to identify between learning differences and learning disabilities, as well as how to create appropriate interventions that will increase academic achievement of minority students in the regular education classroom. Teachers will also learn how to successfully address the needs of multicultural students once they are appropriately identified for special education services. The focus will be on multicultural students with communication disorders, cognitive, learning, physical, and behavioral disabilities, traumatic brain injury, vision and hearing loss. Teachers will implement learning strategies to improve motivation among students, create a positive classroom environment and strengthen the home-school relationship.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1. Understand why minority students are overrepresented in the areas of learning disabilities, behavior disorders and cognitive disabilities.

2.  Implement strategies and interventions to help minority students achieve academic success in the regular education classroom.

3.  Implement a constructive discipline program to build social skills and encourage friendships among students.

4.  Create and implement culturally responsive practices for the following student populations so that they are able to participate within the least restrictive environment:

                        * Communication Disorders

                        * Cognitive Disabilities

                        * Learning Disabilities

                        * Behavioral Problems

                        * Autism

                        * Traumatic Brain Injury

                        * Physical, Hearing and Vision Impairments


Obiakor, F. (2007). Multicultural special education: Culturally responsive teaching. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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