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Special Education (SPED)

SPED 200    The Culture of Disability    3 Hours

Social and cultural perspectives on disabilities. Covers major types of disabilities, disability as a socially-constructed concept, images and stereotypes of disabilities within various cultures, and cultural norms that create barriers to individuals' participation in society.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 330    Introduction to Exceptional Education: Diversity in Learning    3 Hours

Characteristics of exceptionality, special education programs, schools, and community resources and research relative to exceptionality. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): (EDU 250 or FACS 192 or MGE 275 or AGED 250 or AMS 329) and (PSY 310 or FACS 191)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

SPED 331    Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities    3 Hours

Emphasis on services and supports for children from birth through five years old, with and without disabilities, and their families, including current intervention research. Field experiences in early childhood settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): FACS 191 or permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): SPED 330

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

SPED 332    Intervention Strategies for Students with Mild Disabilities    3 Hours

The student is taught to make appropriate choice/use of audio-visual media and adapted instructional materials in the content areas for individuals with mild disabilities. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 331 and SPED 333 and SPED 432

Corequisite(s): SPED 422, SPED 433, SPED 430, SPED 334

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 333    Transition: School to Adult Life    3 Hours

Students are exposed to theory and practice of preparing individuals with disabilities to enter the world of work and independent adult citizenship. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 330 and LTCY 320

Corequisite(s): SPED 331, SPED 432

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 334    Field-Based Practicum with Individuals with Disabilities    3 Hours

Students interact with individuals with disabilities in classrooms and institutions via field experiences to discover the nature of exceptionality, view programs, and make career decisions. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 331 and SPED 333 and SPED 432

Corequisite(s): SPED 430, SPED 332, SPED 422, SPED 433

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

SPED 335    Foundations of Special Education    3 Hours

A foundational methods course of special education history, law and procedures for effective design to manage, plan, assess, and teach P-12 students in LBD programs. Field experience may be required. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 250

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

SPED 340    LBD Elementary Instructional Methods    3 Hours

Research-based instructional methods for elementary students with mild disabilities. Field experiences may be required. Students are responsible for their own transportation to assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2022

SPED 345    LBD Secondary Methods: Language Arts    3 Hours

Methods, strategies, and models for providing curricular and instructional methodologies in the education of secondary LBD students. Integration of appropriate age- and ability-level academic instruction preparing for transition to work. Field experiences required. Students are responsible for own transportation to designated sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

SPED 346    Learning and Behavioral Disorders Secondary Methods- Math    3 Hours

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 350    Assessment in Special Education    3 Hours

Assessment of students with disabilities - progress monitoring, formative, summative, eligibility determination, and inclusion in accountability systems. Note: Admission to professional education required.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

SPED 400    Behavior Management Strategies in Special Education    3 Hours

Classroom management strategies specific to students with mild to moderate disabilities. Special consideration for the function, measurement, documentation and modification of specific behaviors to improve student progress academically and socially. Fieldwork may be required. Students are responsible for their own transportation to designated sites. Note: Passing the Praxis CASE tests (reading, writing, and math) as required for admission to teacher education is required for this course.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021

SPED 415    Prescriptive Programming for Individuals with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders    3 Hours

History of instructional models characteristics. Evaluation procedures for identification and instruction with individuals with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, autism, and other pervasive developmental disorders. Field experience in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 334

Corequisite(s): SPED 418, SPED 431, SPED 416, SPED 417

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 416    Field-Based Practicum with Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities    3 Hours

Supervised practice in an appropriate setting for development of advanced intervention skills used with individuals with moderate and severe disabilities. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 334

Corequisite(s): SPED 417, SPED 418, SPED 431, SPED 415

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 417    Assessment and Curriculum I for Students with Moderate / Severe Disabilities    3 Hours

Characteristics, problems and needs of individuals with moderate to severe disabilities. Curriculum and assessment models are evaluated; intervention strategies for both cognitive and social skills are designed. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 334

Corequisite(s): SPED 431, SPED 415, SPED 416, SPED 418

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 418    Assessment and Curriculum IIfor Students with Moderate / Severe Disabilties    3 Hours

This course builds upon SPED 417. Topics include routine/emergency medical procedures, physical management/handling, postural motor dysfunction, recreation, transition programming and modifications with language/vision/hearing impairments. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 334

Corequisite(s): SPED 431, SPED 417, SPED 416, SPED 415

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 419    Assistive Technology in the Classroom and Community    3 Hours

This class is designed to provide an overview of assistive technology and augmentative/alternate 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 330

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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

The course provides an overview of methods which facilitate collaboration across disciplines to support diverse learners in regular classroom and community settings. Field experiences are required.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 331 and SPED 333 and SPED 432

Corequisite(s): SPED 433, SPED 430, SPED 332, SPED 334

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 424    Inclusion, Collaboration and Diversity in the Classroom    3 Hours

Develops and enhances communication in the collaboration roles of key stakeholders working with at-risk, identified, and diverse students in the special education process. Field experience required. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to assigned sites. Note: Admission to professional education or instructor approval is required for this course.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

SPED 425    LBD Language Interventions: Strategies and Materials    4 Hours

Language and reading development with emphasis on remediation using research-based strategies, methods, and materials for students with LBD, including English Learners. Note: Admission to professional education is required for this course.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 335

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

SPED 430    Diagnosis for Instructional Planning: Students with Mild Disabilities    3 Hours

This course will deal with the administration, scoring, and educational utilization of various diagnostic instruments designed to assist the teacher in developing an educational profile for the individual with school-related problems. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 331 and SPED 333 and SPED 432

Corequisite(s): SPED 332, SPED 334, SPED 422, SPED 433

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 431    Language Intervention: Strategies and Materials    3 Hours

An overview of language development is provided with emphasis placed on the educational remediation of language disorders. Focus is on the utilization of methods and materials which foster language development. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 334

Corequisite(s): SPED 416, SPED 415, SPED 417, SPED 418

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 432    Applied Behavior Analysis    3 Hours

Major emphasis is placed upon observing, analyzing and modifying the behavior of students. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 330

Corequisite(s): SPED 333, SPED 331

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

SPED 433    Models of Positive Behavior Support    3 Hours

Examines an array of models for supporting positive behavior changes in students. Field experience required.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 331 and SPED 333 and SPED 432

Corequisite(s): SPED 430, SPED 422, SPED 332, SPED 334

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 434    Student Teaching Seminar    3 Hours

This course is designed to serve as a pre-student teaching experience to allow a student to integrate the process of diagnostic-prescriptive teaching. Field experiences in public schools and/or other appropriate settings away from campus are required in this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites. Note: Completion of all exceptional education coursework and admission to student teaching is required for this course.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 332 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 333 with a minimum grade of C and EDU 250 with a minimum grade of B and SPED 331 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 330 with a minimum grade of B and SPED 334 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 421 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 422 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 430 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 431 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 432 with a minimum grade of C and SPED 433 with a minimum grade of C and MATH 211 and MATH 212 and LME 448 and LTCY 320 and PSY 310 and (LME 318 or LME 407)

Corequisite(s): SPED 490

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPED 480    Data-driven Decisions in Special Education    3 Hours

Supervised field placement in P-12 settings serving students with LBD. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites. Note: Admission to professional education is required for this course.

Prerequisite(s): SPED 424

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

SPED 490    Student Teaching: Exceptional Education    5-10 Hours (repeatable max of 10 hrs)

Supervised assignment in approved school setting. Must complete a minimum of sixteen weeks in one or two placements depending on certification requirements. Students follow the academic calendar of the school district in which they are placed and are responsible for providing their own transportation to assigned site(s). Note: Admission to teacher education and admission to student teaching is required for this course.

Corequisite(s): EDU 489

Course Fee: $12.5

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022