Coordinator, B.A. Special Education
Undergraduate Special Education Program Courses:
- SPE 300 Introduction to Special Education and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
- SPE 405 Advanced Practicum II in Inclusive Education
- SPE 410 Literacy in Inclusive Education
- SPE 470 Practicum III Student Teaching
Graduate Special Education Program Courses:
- SPE 500 Introduction to Special Education and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (online and face-to-face)
- SPE 501 Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents
- SPE 508 Literacy Across the Curriculum for Students with Disabilities (online and face-to-face)
- SPE 509 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
- SPE 545 Assistive Technology
- SPE 592C Student Teaching Seminar
- DEE 690 Special Topics in Disability and Equity Studies
Areas of Expertise:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Dr. Wu joined the Special Education faculty in fall 2003. At National Louis University, Dr. Wu has taught and helped design courses at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The students in these courses vary in backgrounds from those who just graduated from high schools, teachers and administrators pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in education, career changers, to teacher candidates in alternative certification programs such as Chicago Teaching Fellows and Teach for America. Dr. Wu had a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from China, where she taught English to children as young as five years old and to adult English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. She also was a lecturer for a year in the English Department at her Alma Mater, Harbin Institute of Technology, before pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Wu enjoys sharing with her students cross-cultural comparisons of educations in China, U.S., and other countries whenever possible. Dr. Wu's research has been mostly revolved around assistive and instructional technology, visual literacy, visual primary sources, and co-teaching.
Research and Interests:
Dr. Wu has expertise and research interests in instructional practices and framework that lead to enhanced literacy performance and access to the general education curriculum by students with learning disabilities and English language learners. Dr. Wu has been actively involved in teaching and research related to assistive and instructional technology, visual literacy, visual primary sources, and co-teaching.
Newman, M., Degener, S., & Wu, X. (2015). How are teachers using primary sources to meet Common Core literacy standards in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science? NCE Research Residencies. Paper 1. http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=nce_residencies
Wu, X. (2012). Promoting interface and knowledge sharing: A joint project between general and special education preservice teachers. Inquiry in Education, 3(2). http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol3/iss2/4/
Wu, X. (2010). Universal Design for Learning: A Collaborative Framework for Designing Inclusive Curriculum. Inquiry in Education, 1(2), Retrieved from: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol1/iss2/6
Wu, X. & Newman, M. (2010). Connecting dots through a field-based project with preservice teachers: Using an all-learner visual literacy curriculum to promote Universal Design for Learning. The TPS Journal, issue 2. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED502353.pdf
Wu, X. (2009). Picturing American Industrialization: The Chicago Stockyards—A secondary level learning activity. Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/quarterly/pdf/Fall2009SecondaryLevelLearningActivity.pdf
Wu, X. (2006). Social studies for all learners: Universal design and visual literacy. Vol. 66. Journal of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
Englert, C. S., Wu, X., & Zhao, Y. (2005). Cognitive tools for writing: Scaffolding the performance of students through technology. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice. Vol. 20 Issue 3, Page 184.
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