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Department: Education

Amelia Gunn SpencerAmelia Gunn Spencer

Assistant Professor of Education

Office:

Harbert 122

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549027
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4813
Office Fax: (205) 226-3065
E-mail:aspencer@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

  • K-6 Special Education inclusion and self-contained classroom teacher, Mountain Brook City Schools
  • Evaluator with Pitts and Associates
  • Home-based Special Educator at Cincinnati Association for the Blind
  • Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati

Educational Background:

BS in Biology/Psychology from Birmingham Southern College
MA in Early Childhood Special Education from University of Alabama
MA in Counseling from University of Alabama
PhD in Special Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Autism
  • Twice Exceptional Learners
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Co-Teaching
  • Service Learning

Courses Taught:

EPY 223 Human Growth and Development
Theories of human growth and development to help students understand the mental, social, and emotional patterns of development from conception to late adulthood. Laboratory required. Fall, Spring.

ED 360- Methods and Materials for Teaching Students with Special Needs
A practical course on how to provide appropriate accommodations and modifications for instruction of children with special needs in a typical inclusive and/or non-typical classroom.  Common areas of exceptionalities and assistive technology for grades K-6 will be addressed.  Laboratory required. Fall

ED 471- Education Seminar
Designed to increase the competencies and knowledge base of the teacher candidate with regard to legal issues, crisis management, parent-teacher conferencing, ethical considerations, diversity, classroom management, and professional development.  This seminar is taken in conjunction with clinical practice.  Fall, Spring

EPy 260 Survey of Exceptional Children
The role and scope of education programs for exceptional children including etiology, identification, and incidence.  An overview of how individualized programs are developed and planned is also included.  Fall, Spring

EPy 320 Educational Psychology
Theories and practices in human learning to help students develop an understanding of the nature of learning as applied in nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary grades, and high school grades.  Emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of assessment systems and the professional use of standard tests and measures.  Fall, Spring

ED 20 Internship in Collaborative Teaching
Senior interim project in collaborative education involves a full-time assignment to a resource classroom for four weeks, under joint supervision of a certified teacher and a college supervisor.  Interns design, plan and implement coordinated learning experiences for children with special needs, attend weekly seminars, and participate in the development of individual programming for children.

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