Working Smarter: Using Universal Design for Learning to Spiral Curriculum in Small Special Education Preparation Programs
Keywords:higher education, small programs, special education, teacher preparation
Although small teacher education preparation programs (STEPP) may struggle to implement robust program design frameworks compared to their larger preparation program peers, a collaborative design can help smaller programs with resource limitations. This collaboration can facilitate the design of effective and efficient teacher preparation programs (TPP) with a spiraled curriculum. Through scaffolding in TPPs, a spiral of support is defined as the process of learning continuous threads of information, gradually building to content mastery. These scaffolded components include case studies, role playing/modeling/feedback, and mentoring within the UDL framework. The use of case studies throughout a TPP provides a “continuum” of learning to prepare teachers to develop knowledge, skills, and practical experience within a diverse K-12 student population. Given a spiral of instruction to include role-play, modeling, feedback, and mentorship, preservice teachers can also engage in real world teaching and learning that go beyond the constraints of a classroom.
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