Special Education (SPED)
515. Consultation and Collaboration in Special and General Education (3). This course focuses on effective collaboration and consultation skills required to enable candidates to address the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities across settings.
555. Career and Vocational Education for the Exceptional Learner (3). Designed to provide teachers with background knowledge and skills in designing and implementing a comprehensive career and vocational education program.Prerequisite(s): Admission to Teacher Education Program.
561. Characteristics of Children with Learning Disabilities (3). An overview of the learning, behavioral and neurological characteristics of children with specific learning disabilities, including terminology and educational implications.Prerequisite(s): SPED 281, Admission to Teacher Education Program or graduate status. Notes: Special Education majors must complete this course with a grade of C or better.
Course cannot be taken S/U.
562. Educational Procedures for Learning Disabilities (3). An in depth study of remedial techniques, methods and materials for remediation of learning disabilities including non verbal disorders and disorders of auditory language, arithmetic, reading and spelling. Prerequisite(s): SPED 561 or permission of instructor. Admission to Teacher Education Program.
575. Educational Procedures for Students with Mental Disabilities and Severe Disabilities (3). The course is designed for in-depth study of students with severe disabilities and appropriate curriculum goals, methods, materials and research.Prerequisite(s): SPED 582 with a grade of C or better or graduate status. Notes: Special Education majors must attain a grade of C or higher in this course. Course cannot be taken on an S/U basis.
582. Intellectual Disabilities: Characteristics and Needs (3). An in-depth study of the characteristics of individuals with intellectual disabilities, including but not limited to etiology, learning and behavioral characteristics, and contemporary services and instructional models in educational and community settings.Notes: Special Education majors must complete this course with a grade of C or better. Course cannot be taken S/U.
583. Children with Behavioral and Emotional Problems (3). Course considers child development, personality structure and dynamics emphasizing an understanding of adjustment
patterns and coping strategies for children with behavioral and emotional problems in the classroom and community. Prerequisite(s): SPED 281, Admission to Teacher Education Program or graduate status.
Notes: Special Education majors must complete this course with a grade of C or better. Course cannot be taken S/U. Intensive Writing course.
585. Introductory Academic and Behavioral Methods in ED, LD, MD and SD (3). Prepares special education majors to provide leadership in maximizing learning experiences of students with disabilities through effective teaching, curriculum planning, modification and adaptations of teaching materials and use of technology. Prerequisite(s): SPED 561, SPED 582 and SPED 583 with a grade of C or better in each. Admission to Teacher Education or graduate status. Notes: SPED majors must earn a grade of C or higher and course cannot be taken on a S/U basis. Offered in spring.
586. Advanced Academic and Behavioral Methods for Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities (3). This course provides teacher candidates seeking certification in Learning Disabilities and/or Emotional Disabilities with evidence-based strategies to improve behavioral and academic performance on P-1 students with disabilities. Topics will include strategies for working effectively with disruptive and aggressive students, for effective collaboration with general education in inclusive settings, transition planning and non-violent crisis intervention. Prerequisite(s): SPED 585 with a grade of C or higher or graduate status.
Notes: SPED majors must earn a grade of C or higher and course cannot be taken on a S/U basis.
613. Issues and Trends in Special Education (3). A study of contemporary research in family-centered services, medicine, law, psychology, technology and education as it relates to providing for people with disabilities. Student will develop an individualized research agenda. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in MEd in special education.
618. Lifelong Integration (3). The course will focus on the study of integration/transition across the life span, collaboration and team building and delivery of family-centered services.
625. Teaching Preschool Children with Disabilities: Curriculum Development and Implementation (3). The course is a survey of curriculum development and implementation techniques for preschool children with disabilities. Notes: A grade of S or U is recorded. Offered in summer.
626. Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities in the General Classroom (3). The course content will help teachers understand their role in meeting the instructional needs of students with exceptional learning needs in inclusive settings. Notes: Offered in summer.
628. Applied Behavior Analysis (3). This course is designed to review roots of applied behavior analysis (ABA), responsible use, technologies of behavior change programs, application of learning principles, maintenance of behavior changes and teaching students to manage their own behavior. Notes: Offered in summer.
661. Young Children with Disabilities (3). Provides information regarding identification, characteristics, needs and trends in educational programming for young children with disabilities.
663. Advanced Study of Methods for Teaching Exceptional Students (3). The study and application of applied behavior analysis, cognitive strategy training, computer assisted and managed instruction and other validated methods. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
665. Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (3). Provides early childhood educators with techniques and procedures for teaching young children with disabilities.
671. Advanced Educational Assessment in Special Education (3:2). Family-centered service assessment, portfolio/authentic assessment and outcomes based assessment/program evaluation comprise content of course. Emphasis placed on program planning and evaluation.
676. Advanced Studies in Learning Disabilities (3). This course is designed for the student to obtain an in-depth knowledge of current information regarding learning disabilities. Information will be obtained through text, lecture, discussion, readings of current and historical journal literature, research and presentations. Of importance is that students learn from one another, collaborate and share knowledge obtained through research, and refined formal presentations and technology skills. Prerequisite(s): SPED 561 or permission of instructor.
677. Educational Procedures for Children with Behavioral and Emotional Problems (3). This course is designed to develop competencies in diagnosis and therapeutic education of children with behavioral and emotional problems. Prerequisite(s): SPED 583 or SPED 681.
681. Educational Implications for the Exceptional Individual (3). Designed to introduce the student to the major areas of exceptionality. The characteristics, educational programs, community services and agencies, state and federal regulations and services are considered for each area of exceptionality.
691. Practicum in Teaching the Exceptional Child I (3). Designed to develop and improve teacher competencies in diagnostic prescriptive teaching in the area of the student’s specialization. Student selects area of emphasis-- (i.e. ED, LD,MD). Conducted in public schools or other appropriate sites under the direct supervision of the college instructor. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Notes: May be retaken for additional credit. A maximum of 3 semester hours may be applied toward MEd special education.
692. Practicum in Teaching the Exceptional Child II (3). Practicum will be conducted full time for 10 weeks in the area in which the student is seeking teacher certification. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Notes: A grade of S or U is recorded.
694. Advanced Studies in Special Education (3). The course is designed to continue development of the literature review begun in SPED 613 and to increase knowledge of research practices in Special Education. Students will create a portfolio which will develop necessary skills for application for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. Prerequisite(s): SPED 613. Notes: Offered in spring only. A grade of S or U is recorded.
695. Thesis (3).The student will conduct an individual investigation or applied research project. An oral defense is required. Prerequisite(s): SPED 613, EDUC 640 and approval of advisor. Notes: A grade of S or U is recorded.