Through a Maryland State Improvement Grant (MSIG) III grant, Goucher College, Graduate Programs in Education, developed five online courses for special education preparation throughout the State. Goucher College agreed to release all rights to the courses including, but not limited to, intellectual property.

The courses are designed so users may select the topic(s) and activities appropriate to their own use. These materials may be used in the development of online courses, hybrid courses, and face to face classes. In addition, the content may be appropriate for professional development on the specific topics in school systems and other educational agencies/ institutions.

Experts in Maryland special education assisted in the development and review of course content, videotaped lessons, and pilot courses. Each course has a syllabus with learning outcomes that are matched to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. The delivery of the content in each course is varied and includes over eighty (80) expert guest lecturers, links to online national special education sources, online MSDE special education sources, over sixty-four (64) videos, Discussion Boards, WIKIs, Blogs, and other online activities. Also, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) aligned performance assessments were developed for each course with evaluation rubrics.

TECHNICAL NOTE:  These courses were originally authored in the Blackboard Learning Management System and are available as Joule files as well as Blackboard.  Using a free software  (bFree) developed by the University of North Carolina, the courses were “unpacked” for use in other learning management systems (LMS).  Please visit each course to download zipped files that are compatible with your institution’s Learning Management System (LMS). You may need the support of your Information Technology (IT) specialists to assist in integrating the course content into your institution’s LMS.

These courses were developed and produced by the MSDE, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, in collaboration with Goucher College/Graduate Programs in Education, and the Johns Hopkins University/Center for Technology in Education (CTE). MSIG Part D SFY11 Grant #H323A070003 is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.