The Praxis II Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/ Emotional Disturbance Exam (5372) is taken by candidates interested in working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders at all grade levels. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions: 40 cover delivery of services to students with behavioral and emotional disorders and 10 cover influences on the education of children with behavioral and emotional disorders. Candidates have one hour to complete the exam.
The Service Delivery to Students with Behavioral and Emotional Disorders section of the exam covers learning environment, curriculum and teaching approaches, student placement, assessment, teacher responsibilities, theoretical positions, record-keeping and information sharing, classroom environment, behavior management, developing IEP/ITPs, achieving objectives, adapting standard practices for specific needs, student assessment, appropriate learning activities, lesson planning, motivation, cooperative learning, task and applied behavioral analysis, inclusion, mainstreaming, modifications, adapting assessments to individual disabled students, interpreting assessment outcome, applying outcome results in adapting IEPs, advocacy issues, teacher responsibility in abuse or neglect cases, social and health services, professional literature, and cognitive, sociological, behavioral, medical, and psychodynamic concepts.
The Influences on Education of Children with Behavioral and Emotional Disorders section of the exam covers terminology regarding behavioral disorders; the interrelationships between impulsivity, hyperactivity, and distractibility; causes and prevention of behavioral disorders, genetic influences; the role of culture; delinquency; eating disorders; aggression, substance abuse; self mutilation; psychosis; neurosis; depression, and anxiety.