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Comprehensive Exam Study Guide


Please note that these topics offer a general idea of the breadth and scope of the comprehensive exams. There may be differences based on which program you are enrolled in. You would still need to go back to your program planner and individual syllabi in order to prepare for the exams.

A. Law and Policy:

  • IDEA and its subsequent reauthorizations (IDEA 2004)
  • Transition
  • Parental rights
  • The IEP

B. Collaboration

  • Communication and collaboration with families
  • Communication and collaboration with professionals
  • Cultural competence in collaboration

C. Needs:

  • Needs of high incidence and low incidence groups

D. Strategies/Best Practices

  • Person-centered planning
  • Functional curriculum
  • Principles of curriculum adaptation
  • Movement differences
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Augmentative communication
  • Strategies for inclusion (students from high and low incidence groups)
  • Strategies for teaching Math & Science-adaptations for students with disabilities
  • Learning strategies instruction
  • Reading assessment
  • Balanced reading instruction
  • Specific strategies for instructing students with disabilities in reading, writing and comprehension
  • Teaching content area reading
  • Using assistive technology to enhance reading, writing, comprehension and communication
  • Using assistive technology for furthering inclusion
  • Lesson planning and its components
  • School-wide positive behavioral support
  • Classroom management best practices
  • Functional Assessment and Individualized positive behavior support plans: Antecedent, setting event, alternative skills and consequence strategies, conducting direct observations and interviews
  • Transition strategies

* For students in SEDA & SEDB- Research methodology and ethics


The College is open with very limited on-campus staffing. All advising sessions will be conducted virtually through phone, Skype, or Google Hangout as determined with your education advisor.