ERIC Number: ED107046
Record Type: RIE
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A Competency Based Special Education Undergraduate Internship at Western Carolina Center for the Mentally Retarded.
Caldwell, Erin Kent; Brooks, Benjamin L.
Reported is a competency based internship program at Western Carolina Center for the Mentally Retarded for undergraduate students in special education at Appalachian State University. Explained are the consumer based approach embodied in applied training programs, the goal of providing practical and reality-based applications of knowledge assimilated in the classroom, and the activities schedule during the internship program. The physical characteristics and educational programs of three areas at the Western Carolina Center are described. The following four program phases are documented: orientation procedures; a preparatory course in the theory and practical application of behavioral modification principles, and a multidisciplinary seminar conducted by Western Carolina Center staff members who deliver seminars in their areas of specialization; the correlation of objectives in academic learning packages (on the mentally retarded, contingency management, music, and the psychology of disability) and practicum learning packages (on classroom management, modification principles, music, and medical aspects of disabilities); and program evaluation. Appendixes include a map of Western Carolina Center, a paper on the role of psychologists at the center, a list of practicum competencies in classroom management, an evaluation of the application of behavioral principles, a list of practicum competencies on the use of music in the classroom, and a list of practicum competencies related to the medical aspects of disabilities. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC.