Course Descriptions

Department of Special Education Course Descriptions

SPED 3150 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Classrooms (2 hours)
Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating diverse learners in the general education classroom.

SPED 4140/5140 Services to Families with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (3 hours)
Working with families of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Prerequisites: SPED 3150; junior standing. Registration requires full admission to the Teacher Education Program.

SPED 4141/5141 Including Young Children with Special Needs Into the General Education Programs (3 hours)
Advanced best practices for educating young children with diverse learning needs in the general education classroom.

SPED 4146/5146 Methodology and Assessment for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities, K-8 (3 hours)
Deals with pragmatic knowledge about assessment, methodologies, techniques, and technology related specifically for group instruction of K-8 students with mild/ moderate disabilities.

SPED 4151/5151 Educational and Post-School Transition Programming for Individuals with Disabilities (3 hours)
This course will promote understanding of current initiatives and research related to planning and supporting educational (K-12) and post-school transitions for individuals with disabilities.

SPED 4152/5152 Community Resources for Special Education (3 hours)
Study of cooperation and coordination of the school and other agencies serving persons with disabilities, including various programs and services provided by governmental and private organizations.

SPED 4170/5170 Educational Management in Special Education (3 hours)
Individual behavior management, behavioral change strategies, and classroom management for students with special needs.

SPED 4174/5174 Specialized Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3 hours)
Collection and use of educational data to assess and teach students with diverse learning needs, educational planning, material adaptation, and curriculum development.

SPED 4176/5176 Issues and Applications in Special Education (3 hours)
This course explores issues in special and inclusive education with a focus on law and legal issues, assistive technology, and related educational issues centering on identification, assessment, intervention, characteristics, advocacy, and educational implications/teaching strategies for individuals with exceptional learning needs.

SPED 4180/5180 Interdisciplinary Study of Disability (3 hours)
This course presents an in-depth examination of the meaning and significance of disability in society and culture by viewing it through an interdisciplinary framework. Course topics investigate multiple perspectives on disability to address important questions regarding: civil/human rights, bioethics, criminal justice, education, and the role of disability in American/world history, the arts, film, literature, anthropology, and philosophy.

SPED 4181/5181 Creating and Sustaining Positive Inclusive Learning Environments, K-12
Development of professional behaviors characterized by positive personal interactions with others and effective skills for interdisciplinary collaboration.  Strategies for collaborating with parents, administrators, teacher and paraprofessional colleagues, as well as community and support services personnel to create and  sustain positive inclusive learning environments.  Students will engage in problem solving to learn small group, whole class, and school-wide management competencies required to teach and support students with disabilities, K-12.

SPED 4183/5183 Designing Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, K-12 (3 hours)
Instructional methods, materials, and assessment for students with intellectual disabilities; emphasis on creating access to curriculum and supports students within the inclusive classroom.

SPED 4185/5185 Readings in Special Education (1-3 hours)
Reading and discussion of current methodological developments and innovations in special education. May be repeated once for a maximum of 2 hours.

SPED 4192/5192 Experience in Special Education (1-12 hours)
Supervised assessment and teaching experience in special education as listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated in different areas for up to 12 hours. Offered credit/no credit option only.  Section on Early Childhood, Birth-3 may be taken for 1-3 hours, and is graded credit. 

SPED 6240 Collaborative Consultation I: The Relationship (3 hours)
Emphasizes the psychological and behavioral considerations involved in successfully forming and maintaining a collaborative consulting relationship. In-depth topics covered include self-management, personality style and versatility, starting the relationship, and establishing one's role with the group and individual.

SPED 6245 Collaborative Consultation II: The Process (3 hours)
Provides in-depth understanding and beginning execution of a  systematic model of collaborative consulting including four processes or sets of procedures for carrying out the model. Emphasized on planning, problem clarification and analysis, teaching and teacher strategy, presenting solutions, and dealing with teacher concerns and fears.

SPED 6254 Vocational and Transition Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (3 hours)
Assessment and application of techniques for professionals working with adolescents or adults with disabilities.  Designed for those interested in vocational and transition programming for individuals with disabilities.

SPED 6256 Best Practices in Inclusion (3 hours)
Provides preparation in pedagogical, curricular, and professional collaboration practices, and provides knowledge of empirical, legal, and historical considerations integral to the accommodation of all learners into the general education classroom.

SPED 6260 Special Education Law and Policy (3 hours)
Provides information and conceptual understanding of legislative, executive, and judicial action affecting special education programs for children and youth with disabilities.

SPED 6278 Administration of Special Education (3 hours)
Prepares administrators to plan programs for various areas of special education, select and evaluate personnel, provide instructional materials, interpret the program to the community, and be informed concerning legal provisions for special education.

SPED 6289 Seminar (3 hours)
May be repeated on different topics for maximum of 9 hours.

SPED 6290 Practicum (1-6 hours)
Requires written consent of department. May be repeated for maximum of 9 hours.

SPED 6293 Qualitative Research in Special Education (3 hours)
In-depth methodological understanding of qualitative research and the opportunity to conduct qualitative research projects in special educational settings.

SPED 6295 Single-Subject Research Applications (3 hours)
In-depth understanding of single-subject methodology for conducting applied research projects in educational settings. Participation in an applied research project with emphasis on the relationship between applied research and best practices in teaching persons with disabilities.

SPED 6299 Research (3 hours)
May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours.

SPED 7386 Studies in Special Education (3 hours)
Offered by department for specialized work.  May be repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.