GENERIC SPECIAL EDUCATION
SPED 3341 • FIELD EXPERIENCE: SPECIAL EDUCATION
Observation and supervised practice in education of students with disabilities; individualized projects determined based on student with emphasis on instructional strategies, IEP planning and mastery techniques; apppproximately 110 clock hours in one or more special education settings at elementary and secondary levels. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites: SPED 4338 and approval of practicum coordinator
Fee: $20. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
SPED 4324 • INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES: SPECIAL EDUCATION
Service delivery systems for individual and group programming with emphasis on inclusive settings. Classroom organization and instructional methodology appropriate for a wide range of students functioning within the continuum of service options; implementation
of the IEP, parent involvement and transition considerations.
Prerequisite: SPED 4338 or consent of instructor
SPED 4335 • LANGUAGE OF THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
Theoretical framework of oral language and its development and ethical considerations; problems of language development in special populations to include culturally/linguistically diverse populations; overview of language assessment tools; methods to enhance parental collaboration; and intervention strategies to foster academic success for children with delayed or deviant language development to include augmentative/alternative communications forms.
Offered: Fall, Spring
SPED 4338 • INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Overview of differences in the extreme ranges of human behavior, from the norm such as mental retardation, learning disability and giftedness. Review of related definitional issues, legal and ethical considerations, and best practices in instruction and programming for diverse populations, including transition and cultural/linguistic appropriate assessment. Ten hours of observation. Meets requirements for certification in generic special education.
Offered: Fall, Trimester I, Spring, Trimester II, Summer
SPED 4341 • DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES: SPECIAL EDUCATION
Procedures and practice in administration, scoring and interpretation of the most common screening and diagnostic tests of academic and pre-academic abilities and performance. Includes curriculum based assessment, with review of legal, ethical and cultural/linguistic considerations relevant to eligibility, placement and individual program planning.
Prerequisites: SPED 4338 or consent of instructor. Both SPED 4341 and CDIS 4341 may not be taken for credit
Fee: $25. Offered: Fall.
SPED 4351 • BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: SPECIAL EDUCATION
Basic operant conditioning principles; proactive intervention strategies, reinforcement and reductive techniques and crisis prevention strategies. Emphasis on behavioral intervention for individuals and groups, including application of techniques of students with emotional disorders. Same as CDIS 4355
Prerequisites: SPED 4338
Fee: $20. Offered: Spring.
SPED 5191-5691 • SPECIAL STUDIES: SPECIAL EDUCATION
In-depth study of specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: Six advanced semester hours in Special Education and consent of instructor
SPED 5320 • THE GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILD
Identification of gifted and talented children including those with dual diagnosis. In-depth coverage of standards, curriculum differentiation, assessment considerations, tiered activities and methods for enhancing creativity. Meets state mandates for working with identified gifted children.
SPED 5341 • SIGN LANGUAGE
Same as CDIS 5341.
SPED 5342 • PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF EXCEPTIONALITY
Infant and child growth and development; deviances from normal pattern—etiology, prognosis and treatment of disabling physiological conditions; implications for clinical treatment, education and transition considerations for this exceptional population including information on assistive technology and autism.
Prerequisite: SPED 4338 or consent of instructor
Offered: Trimester I
SPED 5343 • CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Significant historical and current issues in special education services including use of a consultative model with families and other professionals; laws and legal issues; programming transition consideration for infant to adult populations; effective use of school and community resources including technology, service agencies; multidisciplinary issues; and professional practices and ethics.
Prerequisite: SPED 4338
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