Special Education Courses

SPED 346 - Survey of Exceptionalities
Hours: 3
This course will provide a survey of populations identified with exceptionalities. Attention will be given to the causes and effects of these differences upon the individual's development. Emphasis will be given to the historical, legal, and philosophical aspects of Special Education services.

SPED 420 - Current Topics in Special Education
Hours: 3
The course will address special topics in special education, including assistive technology, high leverage practices, family resources, structured TEACCH, and research-based behavior management techniques. Prerequisites: SPED 346 or permission of instructor.

SPED 449 - Assessment of Students with Special Needs
Hours: 3
This course will develop skills for assessing students with special needs. Students will also be presented with a variety of assessment and evaluation procedures. Normative and criterion referenced procedures will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum-based assessment, progress monitoring, and the use of formative and summative evaluation strategies in educational decision making. Prerequisites: SPED 346.

SPED 452 - Residency for EC6 SPED Majors
Hours: 3
This course is taught in a seminar format during EC-6 SPED Specialization field-based residency and includes observation, participation and direct teaching at the elementary level for students seeking the EC6 SPED Specialization. Prerequisites: SPED 346, 420, 449, 463 and 478. Must have overall 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 in component areas of program.

SPED 463 - Effective Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Interventions
Hours: 3
This course is designed to explore best practices of effective classroom management and individual behavior intervention strategies. Emphasis will be given to creating proactive learning environments through positive behavioral interventions and support. Discussions of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans will be included.

SPED 464 - Fostering Transition and Collaboration
Hours: 3
This course examines programs and services available for students, families, and adults planning for transition. Variables influencing employment, community living and extended care in private and public agencies as well as sources of services, networks, and organizations for individuals with disabilities are examined. Collaboration models are presented for content area instruction will also be addressed. Prerequisites: SPED 346 and SPED 468.

SPED 466 - EC-6/SPED Internship
Hours: 3
This course is taught in a seminar format during the EC-6/SPED field-based internship. Students will be involved in classroom observations and in supervised teaching of children with special needs. Activities include the application of developmental and learning theories in applied settings. Prerequisites: SPED 346, SPED 478, SPED 449, and SPED 463. Must have overall 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 in component areas of program.

SPED 468 - Low Incidence Disabilities
Hours: 3
This course explores characteristics of low incidence disabilities. Best practice and policies related to low incidence disabilities will be examined. Addressing instructional needs, placement and accommodations will be a focus. Prerequisites: SPED 346.

SPED 470 - EC-6/SPED Concentration Residency
Hours: 3
This course is taught in a seminar format during the EC-6/SPED field-based residency. Students will plan, develop, implement and evaluate academic and social/behavioral programs for students with special needs in a field-based environment. Collaboration and transition planning are included. Prerequisites: SPED 346, 449, 463, and 478. Must have overall 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 in component areas of program.

SPED 472 - 6-12 SPED Residency
Hours: 6
This course is taught in a seminar format during EC-12 SPED field-based residency and includes observation, participation and direct teaching at the elementary and secondary levels for students seeking the all-level generic special education certification. Prerequisites: SPED 346, SPED 420, SPED 449, SPED 463, SPED 464, SPED 468, SPED 475. Must have overall 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 in component areas of program.

SPED 475 - Instructional Strategies for the Content Areas
Hours: 3
SPED 475 introduces students to research-based strategies and techniques for teaching secondary content to students with disabilities, or those who are at-risk academically, in a variety of general and special education settings. Attention will be given to universal design for learning. This course will also address teacher strategies for engagement and incorporating the use of technology.

SPED 478 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Hours: 3
SPED 478 introduces students to research-based strategies and techniques for teaching elementary level reading and math to students with disabilities, or those who are at-risk academically, in a variety of general and special education settings. Attention will be given to universal design for learning. This course will also address teacher strategies for engagement and incorporating the use of technology. Prerequisites: SPED 346.

SPED 480 - Issues for Inclusion
Hours: 3
This course is taught during EC-6 Generalist or 4-8 Content Internship seminar and is designed to explore academic and social/emotional needs of students with disabilities in field-based inclusive settings. Management strategies, academic accommodations/modifications, and social skill development will be addressed. Note: Limited to EC-6 Generalist or 4-8 Content majors only.

SPED 488 - Ind Prob in SP ED
Hours: 3

SPED 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-6
Independent studies are arranged as needed with individual faculty members.

SPED 490 - Honors Thesis
Hours: 3
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Consent of department head.

SPED 491 - Independent Honors Readings
Hours: 3
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Consent of department head.

SPED 497 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.