Special Education (SPED)

300 (500) Exceptional Child (3) An introductory course designed to provide an overview of the field of special education. Principles, characteristics, programs, special needs, legal requirements, and instructional strategies related to the education of handicapped children.

386 (586) Practicum in Teaching Exceptional Children K-12 (3) The initial field-based experience in special education. Emphasis will be on observation participation. There will be 75 contact hours in the K-12 school setting. Prereq: SPED 300.

387 (587) Practicum in Teaching Exceptional Children (Birth-6) (3) The initial field-based experience in special education. The course will require a total of 75 contact hours split between two different settings. Optional settings will be school, hospital, Children’s Center, and the Head Start program. Prereq: SPED 300.

415 (615) Characteristics and Needs of Children with Disabilities (4) Examination of various areas of exceptionality including mental retardation, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders. Focus on the evolution of each area and its relationship to the individual, family, society, and education. A field-based experience will be included in this course. Prereq: SPED 300.

420 (620) Language Development and Disorders (3) Principles of normal speech and language development and therapeutic approaches for children between birth and age six. Prevalence and types of speech/language disorders in infants, toddlers and preschool children. Emphasis on identification, prevention, intervention and assessment of language developmental delays for children under age six. Prereq: SPED 300.

425 Sign Language (3) Manual communication of the deaf, emphasis on expressive and receptive use of finger spelling in a total communication approach. Different manual communication methodologies will be explored. Prereq: SPED 300.

430 (630) Early Childhood–Special Education (3) The philosophy, methods, materials, settings and acceptable standards involved in the intervention and instructional procedures of early childhood-special education programs. Appropriate field experience for the home, hospital and school included. Prereq: SPED 300.

431 (631) Educational Procedures for Exceptional Children I (3) Examination of the relationship between the characteristics and needs of exceptional children and specialized instructional procedures. Development of skills in analyzing curriculum requirements, writing individualized education programs, teaching effectively, and recording student progress. Prereq: SPED 300.

432 (632) Educational Procedures for Exceptional Children II (3) A continuation of SPED 431 with emphasis upon the successful implementation and evaluation of individualized educational programs (IEP’s). Also included will be an emphasis on the legal aspects of legislation and litigation dealing with exceptional populations. Prereq: Admission to Teacher Education, SPED 300 and SPED 431.

437 (637) Assessment of Exceptional Children (3) The purpose and how to administer, score, and interpret each test instrument. Assembly of a case study to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the learner. Prereq: Admission to Teacher Education, SPED 300.

440 (640) Advanced Methods for Students with Mild Disabilities (3) An examination of the unique needs and particular issues which are specific to students with mild disabilities and at-risk population. The course emphasizes curriculum methodology and approaches in general and special education classes. Prereq: Admission to Teacher Education, SPED 300.

450 (650) Characteristics and Needs of the Gifted/Talented (3) Historical and societal perceptions, characteristics, needs, psychological and educational considerations and identification of the gifted/talented. Prereq: SPED 300.

451 (651) Strategies and Programs for Teaching the Gifted/Talented (3) Curriculum development and effective teaching strategies with the gifted/talented in various educational environments. Prereq: Admission to Teacher Education, SPED 300 and SPED 450 or instructor’s approval.

460 (660) Behavior Interventions (3) Advanced strategies for managing social behaviors that impact on academic learning of mildly, moderately and severely disabled children. Techniques for eliminating maladaptive behaviors, managing aggressive and antisocial students and teaching appropriate social skills for special education students. Prereq: Admission to Teacher Education and SPED 300.

470 Integrating Children with Disabilities in Regular Education (3) Examination of the programs, materials, teaching techniques and classroom modifications for integrating exceptional learners in regular education. An overview of PL 94-142, IEP as they relate to least restrictive environment. An examination of the regular education staff (attitudes, preparation, resources and coordination) will be addressed. Prereq: SPED 300.

490 (690) Workshop in Special Education: [Title of workshop] (1-3) Workshop on selected topics. No more than six hours of workshop credit may be applied to a graduate degree in education. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.

700 Consultation Approaches and Strategies (3) Focus on the special educator as one member of a parent/ professional team meeting the needs of exceptional children. Examination of the role of consultation in deli-vering special education services, definitions of consulta-tions, communication skills, and collaborative strategies.

710 Advanced Practicum in Teaching Exceptional Children (6) Advanced special education field-based experience. Focus on refining skills in the sequence of collecting student assessment data, developing IEPs, and establishing instructional programs, as well as examining other facets of special education. Prereq: SPED 632, 637 (can be taken concurrently with 632).