Special Education (SPED)

SPED 419G   Assistive Technology in the Special Education Classroom    3 Hours

This class is designed to provide an overview of assistive technology and augmentative/alternative communication devices and their application in the special education classroom. This class will enable participants to develop sound and inclusive technology plans that meet the needs of students with moderate to severe disabilities.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 516.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 421G   Special Education and the Law: Inter/Appl    3 Hours

Focus is on laws and regulations and the education of children and youth with disabilities. Laws and regulations, the developments that led to them, and their implications for schools, students, and parents are discussed, analyzed, and applied to practical situations.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 516.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 422G   Collaboration and Inclusion in School and Community Settings    3 Hours

This course provides an overview of methods which facilitate collaboration across disciplines to support diverse learners in regular classrooms and community settings. Field experiences are required.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 516.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 431G   Language Intervention: Strategies and Materials    3 Hours

Preparation of teachers to work as consultants in a team model; exploration of local, state and regional agencies involved with individuals diagnosed with ASD. Supervised practicum required at designated sites.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 610 and Masters.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 432G   Applied Behavior Analysis    3 Hours

Setting realistic classroom performance objectives for individuals with disabilities. Terminology and methodology in managing a learning environment with appropriate record keeping systems. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.
Prerequisite(s): An introductory course in Exceptional Education 3 hours, SPED 331 and SPED 333 6 hours (undergraduate prerequisites/graduate deficiencies).
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 460G   Special Problems    1-3 Hours

Investigation of a special problem from an area of individual interest.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 480G   Special Problems    1 Hour

No course description is available
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 501   Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis    3 Hours

This course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and principles of applied behavior analysis
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 502   Positive Behavior Supports    3 Hours

This class will focus on methods and models of positive behavior management in group settings for school-aged learners with behavior problems.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 503   Behavior Assessment    3 Hours

This class will focus on how to accurately define, assess and measure behavior and learn how to conduct a function-based assessment.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 504   Instruction to Improve Behavior    3 Hours

This course examines how evidence-based instructional practices can be used to improve academics, social skills, functional skills, and behaviors.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 505   Ethics Surrounding Behavior Issues    3 Hours

This course examines legislation, regulations, court decisions, and ethical standards that impact practice in schools and other agencies for school-age learners with behavior problems.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 515   Education of Exceptional Children    3 Hours

Introductory course for initial certification in Exceptional Education. Induction issues in special education are examined.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; summer 2017

SPED 516   The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues    3 Hours

Focus is on the characteristics, priorities, resources and issues of children who are disabled, delayed or gifted and their families. Emphasis is on current results of research and perspectives on today's children, families, schools and communities. Descriptions, issues and techniques for each area of exceptionality including learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, mentally challenged, autism, giftedness, physically challenged, health concerns, communication disorders, hearing loss, blindness or low vision, and traumatic brain injury will be included.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 517   Transition Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities    3 Hours

Transition planning for individuals with disabilities. Interagency collaboration, vocational assessment, and life-skills competencies within the general curriculum are addressed.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 516 and SPED 530 and SPED 531.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017

SPED 518   Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Special Education    3 Hours

Issues in special education. Classroom experiences to develop awareness and sensitivity to educational needs.
Prerequisite(s): Minimum of 12 hours of graduate level course work in Exceptional Education, Instructor permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SPED 523   Curriculum/Methods in Early Childhood Special Education    3 Hours

Selection/development of curricula materials for planning, implementation, and evaluation of intervention with children P-5 who have disabilities.
Prerequisite(s): IECE 521, IECE 522, IECE 523.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

SPED 530   Advanced Assessment Techniques    3 Hours

Experiences will be provided for students to enhance their knowledge of issues, techniques, and interpretations of various assessment procedures and instruments.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 531   Advanced Prescriptive Teaching    3 Hours

Adapting the learning environment to the learner. The identification and modification of various aspects of specialized learning environments are examined.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 532   Families, Professionals and Exceptionalities    3 Hours

Interpreting programs for individuals with disabilities to maximize family involvement. Emphasizes the attitudes, skills, and knowledge taught in the educational program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; summer 2017

SPED 533   Seminar: Curriculum for Learning and Behavior Disorders    3 Hours

Development, adaptation, and evaluation of curricula, methods, materials, and resources. Implementing and evaluating instructional programs for students with mild disabilities is stressed.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 516 and SPED 530 and SPED 531.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; summer 2017

SPED 534   Research in Exceptional Child Education    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Reading, interpreting and conducting research related to students with disabilities, parents, and teachers. An independent research project is required.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 535   Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities    3 Hours

No course description is available
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SPED 590   Advanced Internship in Exceptional Education    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Clinically supervised instructional practice in an approved setting for development of advanced skills and experience.
Prerequisite(s): Must pass PRAXIS II.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 595   Advanced Preparation Capstone for Special Education    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A capstone course in Special Education for advanced candidates seeking an additional teacher certification area. Practice in implementing instructional skills and procedures. Field observation hours required.
Prerequisite(s): Passing score on required Praxis II exams for Kentucky LBD or MSD certification (appropriate to student's program) prior to enrolling; and instructor permission.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 599   Thesis Research and Writing    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 600   Maintaining Matriculation    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 610   Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Comprehensive review of ASD from the perspectives of various disciplines. Theories of causation, developmental aspects, descriptive and diagnostic characteristics, and legal and social issues. Thirty field experience hours required.
Prerequisite(s): Master's degree in education or related field.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

SPED 612   Collaboration with Schools and Agencies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Preparation of teachers to work as consultants in a team model; exploration of local, state and regional agencies involved with individuals diagnosed with ASD. Supervised practicum required at designated sites.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 610 and Masters.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

SPED 615   Instructional Strategies and Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Development of competencies and philosophies of instructional design specific to teaching students with ASD. Emphasis on research-based instructional strategies, plans and classroom structures.
Prerequisite(s): Masters.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SPED 618   Social Skills Instruction & Behavioral Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Development of competencies in assessing, designing, and implementing social skills instruction and behavioral programming for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Prerequisite(s): Masters.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

SPED 619   Assistive Technological and Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Investigation of assistive and instructional technology, as well as alternative and augmentative communication devices to implement with students with ASD and PDD.
Prerequisite(s): SPED 610 and Masters.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016

SPED 620   Seminar in the Administration of Special Education    3 Hours

Current trends and issues in the administration and supervision of special education programs.
Equivalent(s): EDAD 620.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SPED 625   Practicum in the Administration of Special Education    3 Hours

Supervised practice in educational organizations for persons preparing to become a Director of Special Education.
Equivalent(s): EDAD 625.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SPED 630   Special Education Law and Finance    3 Hours

Comprehensive study of existing school law codes for special education; budgeting and financial accounting for local, state and federal monies; and, grant writing and reporting.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017