Multi-Categorical Special Education - Licensed Candidates – Course Descriptions

SPED 5323 - Math Strategies for Special Learners

This course provides the special needs teacher with specific research based teaching strategies, assessment tools, classroom management techniques, and technology applications to support exceptional learners in math.  An emphasis will be placed on math processing skills such as reason, representation, communicating, and instruction, standards based instruction, and consultation.

SPED 6319 - Intro to Learning Exceptionalities and Behavior Disorders

This course provides an introduction to special education as an evolving and changing discipline based on philosophies, evidence-based principles and theories, policies, historical points of view that continue to influence the field of special education. The course addresses aspects of diversity for individuals with exceptionalities and their families, and how these complex issues can each interact with the delivery of special education services. The course provides an introduction to procedures for identifying and supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

SPED 6322 - Evaluation in Special Education

Analysis and evaluation of types of formal and informal tests and measurement devices will be conducted.  Methods of determining the reliability and validity of tests are investigated.  Designs for testing programs and selection of appropriate tests will be included.  Evaluation systems of individuals, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments, and programs will be discussed.  Prerequisites:  SPED 6320 and SPED 6321

SPED 6323 – Behavioral Support for Special Students

This course presents basic principles and practices in the use of research-based applied behavior analysis and other strategies with both normal and exceptional learners, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments.  Students will be required to demonstrate competence in using a variety of techniques in field settings.  Prerequisite:  SPED 6321

SPED 6324 - Instructional Techniques in Special Education

This course focuses on the development and implementation of research-based comprehensive instructional programs for atypical learners with an emphasis on inclusion strategies.  Procedures for consulting with other professionals to maintain or integrate these students will be emphasized through the course.  Research literature on instructional procedures, consultation strategies and model programs will be examined and implications for practice discussed.  The course will cover the delivery of appropriate educational programs for atypical children, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments, at the elementary and secondary levels.  Prerequisite:  SPED 5324 & 6320 or permission of instructor.

SPED 6330 - Introduction to Autism

This is a web-based course established to review definitions, rates of incidence, conceptual models, and educational designs relating to individuals with autism.  The course is designed to introduce the student to a general view of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In the field of Autism the research is constantly changing, therefore the student will have current developments presented through the use of research material and weekly assignments.  The educational treatment of students with autism requires that the learner be presented with a variety of approaches.

SPED 6331 - Methods and Strategies for Autism

This is a web-based course, designed to provide students with an understanding of the learning characteristics of individuals with autism and research-based instructional techniques for teaching skills, and managing challenging behavior.

SPED 6390 - Special Education Practicum

This course makes provisions for students to participate in all activities and duties generally expected of a special education teacher. Specific supervision by the faculty member teaching the course will be provided.  Seminars to evaluate performance in methods, procedures and overall performance will coincide with the experience.  This course is designed for students with at least one year of teaching experience.  Prerequisites:  SPED 6320-6324 & READ 6310 or special permission.

READ 6310 - Teaching Reading to Special and At-Risk Learners

A study of the cause of reading difficulties and procedures used to support students with reading difficulties, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments.  Approaches reading difficulty from a holistic view.  Attention is given to assessment strategies and remedial procedures for correction.

READ 6315 - Teaching Content Area Literacy

The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity for professional interaction focusing on reading and writing across the curriculum.  Students will investigate research literature, analyze forms of assessment, integrate writing with content subjects, consider instructional strategies and develop individual and group projects, reading skill areas of vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills, commonly associated with content area reading will also be addressed.  Technology, multicultural and global awareness are prominent concerns in making informed decisions in the reading and writing proves and will be integrated throughout the semester.  The importance of reading and writing literacy in the content areas will be emphasized as well as the integration of literacy into a variety of instructional areas.  A variety of literacy strategies and skills with be represented and examined.  Approach for developing and applying these strategies in various subject matter areas are to be expected.