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Course SummarySpecial education teachers must demonstrate a deep understanding of behavior and cognitive development, classroom management methods and specific instructional strategies. Use this chapter to review these topics and more as part of your preparations for the Praxis Special Education exam.
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Find out what's covered on the Praxis Special Education (5354) exam and prepare to earn your certification in this area. This study guide covers the developmental theories, disability categories and instructional strategies you'll need to be familiar with on test day. You'll also review details about cognitive development, behavioral theory, and responsibilities of special education teachers. Short, engaging lessons and the 24/7 accessibility of these lessons make it fun and convenient to prepare for the Praxis exam. Use self-assessment lesson quizzes and chapter exams to measure what you've learned as you progress through this course. Use brief online contact forms to reach out to experts with any lesson-specific questions.
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Course updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
All of the lessons contained in this comprehensive study guide correspond with material found on the Praxis Special Education exam. You'll study facts about child development, learning disabilities and special education instructional strategies. You will also be able to:
- Discuss theories and stages of cognitive and psycho-social development
- Identify cognitive influences on learning
- Understand and meet individual children's needs
- Discuss behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism and physical disabilities
- Provide details about learning theories
- Apply classroom management techniques to create positive learning environments
- Use methods to motivate students
- Describe differentiated instruction techniques and assistive technology for special education students
- Conduct and summarize assessments of special education students
- Detail special education laws, responsibilities and goals
This course is made up of 12 individual chapters broken down into 141 video and text lessons. Use your Dashboard to track your progress as you move through this course and print lesson transcripts to create handy reference materials if needed.
Praxis Special Education Exam Information
Several states employ the use of Praxis exams to measure the knowledge level of aspiring teachers and other school personnel to determine their readiness to assume their desired positions. Special education teachers in these states must take and pass the Praxis Special Education exam to satisfy licensure requirements.
- Number of Questions: 120 questions
- Question Type: Selected-response
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Exam Cost: $120
Praxis Special Education Exam Breakdown
|Praxis Special Education Exam Concept||Percent of the Praxis Special Education Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Development and Characteristics of Learners||16%||20 questions||59|
|Planning and the Learning Environment||23%||27 questions||35|
|Foundations and Professional Responsibilities||20%||24 questions||18|
Preparing & Registering for the Praxis Special Education Exam
Review test material by watching entertaining video lessons or perusing the matching transcripts. Both formats feature expert instruction and cover the same topics found on the exam. You can also see how far you've come towards your test-prep goals with the multiple-choice lesson quizzes, chapter tests and practice final exam.
The registration process begins when you create an online account. From there, you can select a test date, location and score recipients. You also have the option of registering over the phone for an additional service fee if you've previously signed up for a Praxis exam. You'll be required to log in to the online account and print an admission ticket to bring to the testing center.
Scoring the Praxis Special Education Exam
Passing scores are set by individual states. Acceptable scores range anywhere from 145 to 173 points out of a possible 200. You'll receive test results through your online account in two to three weeks after the end of your testing window.
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