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Special Education

Course Code
SPED 451C  Credits 8-10 
Title Student Teaching: E/BD 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Student teaching in public school setting for pupils with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. Licensure coursework must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. 



Course Code
SPED 451D  Credits 8-10 
Title Student Teaching: Developmental Disabilities 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Student teaching in public school elementary or secondary setting for pupils with mild/moderate disabilities. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. Licensure coursework must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. 



Course Code
SPED 455  Credits
Title Characteristics of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A study of definitions, identification, assessment, characteristics, educational strategies, and program models for children and youth with learning disabilities and/or emotional/behavior disorders. 



Course Code
SPED 456  Credits
Title Functional Curriculum and Assessment 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities as well as a functional, life-skills orientation to assessment and curriculum that involves both academic and life skills instruction. Students will perform both informal and formal assessment, write an assessment report, and develop curriculum which allows for integration of students with identified cognitive impairments. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 459  Credits
Title Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Disabilities 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course covers issues related to communication program and decision-making models for communication programming for individuals with severe disabilities. The emphasis is on assessing an individual's communication skills, selecting appropriate components for the communication system and planning intervention strategies. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 463  Credits
Title Assessment Strategies 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Assessment of scholastic achievement and aptitude, social behavior, and instructional effectiveness through the use of norm referenced individualized test instruments and informal instructor designed procedures. Course includes report writing, establishment of objectives, participation in the development of IEPs, and review of basic statistical and measurement concepts. 



Course Code
SPED 463L  Credits
Title Assessment Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Field experience in assessment and remediation of students with disabilities. This course should be taken concurrently with SPED 463



Course Code
SPED 467A  Credits
Title Secondary Practicum: Mild Disabilities 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed practicum experience in secondary level special education resource room setting. Students will spend 225 hours in schools. SPED 464 is to be taken concurrently. Concurrent course substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 467D  Credits
Title Secondary Practicum: Developmental Disabilities 
Prerequisite SPED 456, SPED 463 and SPED 470 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed practicum experience in secondary level special education resource room setting. Students will spend approximately 15 hours per week in schools. 



Course Code
SPED 468B  Credits
Title SLD Middle/Secondary Competency Based Field Experience 
Prerequisite SPED 463 SPED 463L SPED 470 SPED 475 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed student teaching at the secondary level in special education SLD Program. Students will spend the equivalent of four weeks, full time in a middle school or secondary setting. STL 451 Student Teaching Elementary (8) is taken concurrently for dual majors. Prerequisite or concurrent course substitutions require instructor consent of the SLD licensure coordinator. 



Course Code
SPED 468C  Credits
Title E/BD Middle/Secondary Competency Based Field Experience 
Prerequisite SPED 463 SPED 463L SPED 470 SPED 478 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed student teaching at the secondary level in special education E/BD Program. Students will spend the equivalent of four weeks, full time in a middle school or secondary setting. STL 451 Student Teaching Elementary (8) is taken concurrently for dual majors. Prerequisite or concurrent course substitutions require instructor consent of the E/BD licensure coordinator. 



Course Code
SPED 468D  Credits
Title DD Middle/Secondary (Severe) Competency Based Field Experience 
Prerequisite SPED 463 SPED 463L SPED 470 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed student teaching at the secondary level in special education DD Program for students with severe developmental disabilities. Students will spend the equivalent of four weeks, full time in a middle school or secondary setting. STL 451 Student Teaching Elementary (8) is taken concurrently for dual majors. Prerequisite or concurrent course substitutions require instructor consent of the DD licensure coordinator. 



Course Code
SPED 468M  Credits 4-8 
Title ABS Competency Based Field Experience 
Prerequisite SPED 410, SPED 403, and SPED 470 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed student teaching at the elementary, middle or high school level. Students will spend five to eight weeks, full time in an appropriate setting that addresses the needs of students relevant to the Academic Behavior Strategist License. STL 451 Student Teaching Elementary is taken concurrently for dual majors. Prerequisite or concurrent course substitutions require instructor consent of the ABS licensure coordinator. 



Course Code
SPED 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed field experience working with individuals with disabilities. Prerequisite substitutions require consent of the faculty advisor. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. 



Course Code
SPED 470  Credits
Title Secondary Services & Transitional Planning 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Transitional planning for secondary students with disabilities including transitional assessment, programming and planning based on individual cognitive, affective and behavioral characteristics will be covered in depth in this course. Students will also acquire knowledge of post-secondary service options and funding sources. 



Course Code
SPED 471  Credits
Title Behavior and Environment Management 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Application of learning theory and applied behavior analysis to teaching and to the problem of altering maladaptive behavior. Specific variables related to classroom and community based instruction of individuals with a variety of learning characteristics are included. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 475  Credits
Title Informal Assessment/Teaching Strategies:Students with Learning Disabilities 
Prerequisite SPED 463 SPED 455 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Informal assessment techniques and teaching strategies across the core content areas and in social skills for elementary and secondary students with specific learning disabilities. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 478  Credits
Title Educational Interventions: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders 
Prerequisite SPED 473 OR SPED 455 OR SPED 471 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Program design, intervention techniques, and management strategies for student with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 480  Credits
Title Legal/Social Foundations of Special Education 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course overviews the educational, sociological, legal, and historical frameworks of special education services within the context of public school systems. It includes research on the efficacy of special education; national and state reform and renewal efforts in general and environment professional preparation, litigation and legislation, and best practices in curriculum for all learners. Issues related to families in a changing educational system are also addressed. Prerequisite substitutions require instructor consent. 



Course Code
SPED 490  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Special Education 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Advanced treatment of selected topics. Prerequisite substitutions require consent of the instructor.