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SPED - Special Education

SPED-503: Roles of the Special Educator (Credits: 3)

Examines: a) professional roles and responsibilities of special educators in K-12 schools, b) collaborative and inclusive program models for special education, c) collaboration among various educators, family members, and community agencies in providing appropriate services and educational plans for special education students, and d) laws and State rules and regulations that govern the program. Field work is required.

SPED-508: Principles & Application of SPED Asses (Credits: 3)

Students gain an understanding of statistical procedures and basic processes for collecting and analyzing observational information, criterion referenced and environmental assessment in diagnosis and special education development. Students administer, score, and interpret norm- referenced instruments, analyze results in combination with data from other assessment processes, determine eligibility, and develop educational programs. Field work is required.

SPED-527: Tech for Teaching Exceptional Learners (Credits: 2)

Technology can be a powerful instructional tool in both the special and general education classrooms. Instructional Technology (IT) can be used by special educators to facilitate the delivery of instruction while Assistive Technology (AT) can be used to help students with disabilities to function more independently in the classroom and beyond. Students will become familiar with a wide variety of technologies and their applications for students with mild-moderate disabilities, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, severe disabilities, and communication disorders. In addition, students will learn methods for evaluating the technology needs of individuals with disabilities and how to identify the most appropriate technology for students with disabilities.

SPED-535: Meth Instruc & Curric K-6 Mild/Mod SPED,for K-6 Mild/Moderate Special Education (Credits: 3)

This course explores the current research on best practices regarding curriculum and instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities in K - 6 settings. Students learn to apply interventions that assist students with learning difficulties in reading, math, and written and oral expression. Students also learn to use instructional and assistive technologies to enhance the learning of students with disabilities. Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

SPED-536: Meth Instruc & Curric K-6 Mild/Mod SPED,for K-6 Severe Special Education (Credits: 3)

This course prepares special educators to deliver quality educational services to students with severe learning and behavioral disabilities. Students will conduct three instructional programs in the areas of discrimination task, motor task, and habit, rule, or discrete behavior chain. Students will also learn how to determine instructional needs, develop IEPs, use prompting and fading strategies, implement differential reinforcement and error correction, and understand how to analyze the learning environment for the impact it has on students.

SPED-540: Meth Instru & Curric 7-12 Mild/Mod SPED,For 7-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education (Credits: 3)

This course explores the current research regarding methods to serve students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Students learn to apply learning strategies to reading, writingmathematics, and study skills. Students also develop transition programs to enhance student learning. Students also learn to use instuctional and assistive technologies to enhance the learning of students with disabilities. Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

SPED-541: Meth Instruc & Curric 7-12 Severe SPED,for 7-12 Severe Special Education (Credits: 3)

This course prepares students with an understanding of the foundations of curriculum and instruction for elementary and high school students with severe learning and behavioral disabilities. Students will conduct three instructional programs in the areas of functional literacy, functional math, and personal leisure, management, or employment. Students will also learn about instructional grouping, distribution of instructional trials, and inclusion in the general education curriculum. A specific focus will also be on transition programming for students in secondary education programs.

SPED-577: Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (Credits: 3)

This course introduces students to the variety of management issues that are prevalent for special educators. Students will learn various approaches to co-teaching, scheduling services, working with service and support personnel, and utilizing assistive technology.

SPED-585: Behavioral Supports in SPED (Credits: 3)

Students focus on the integration of methods and techniques for addressing the affective/social development of learners with special needs. Field work is required.

SPED-590: Student Teaching in SPED: Mild/Moderate (Credits: 4 to 10)

Supervised teaching in selected high-incident or mild/moderate special education programs in an elementary or secondary school. Prerequisites: SPED methods courses must be complete so that a petition can be granted to register. This course is offered on a credit/no credit basis. there is a fee associated with this course.

SPED-591: Student Teaching: SPED Severe (Credits: 4 to 10)

Supervised teaching in selected low-incident or severe special education programs in an elementary or secondary school. Prerequisites: SPED methods courses must be complete so that a petition can be granted to register. There is a $100 student teaching fee. This course is offered on a credit/no credit basis.