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Courses at the 500-level

SPED 501: Advanced Assessment of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Experienced teachers develop skill in the diagnostic assessment of the academic and behavioral abilities of children and adolescents with disabilities.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 300 or equivalent
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 503: Positive Behavior Interventions: Students with Disabilities

Participants apply positive behavioral intervention and supports.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 300 or equivalent, matriculation in a graduate program,or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 504: Psychoeducational Procedures for Children and Youth with Learning and Behavioral Problems

This is an eclectic approach to the management of behavior in children and youth with learning and behavioral disorders. Psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral strategies are examined.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 310 and 312, or equivalents
SPED 505: Oral and Written Language: Classroom Intervention

The methods, techniques, and materials designed to help remediate oral and written language disorders in elementary and secondary school children with mild/moderate disabilities are studied.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 300 or equivalent, matriculation in a graduate program, or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 508: Clinical Methods in Special Education for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Clinical assessment procedures and instructional methods appropriate for students with mild and moderate disabilities at the elementary level are studied.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 501
  • SPED 505
SPED 513: Orientation to the Education of Young Children with Special Needs

The entire range of disabilities that become manifest during the period from birth to six is examined. Emphasis is on a delineation of the population, methods, and criteria for early identification.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 515: Multidisciplinary Assessment and Planning for Infants and Preschool Children with Special Needs and Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities

Interdisciplinary assessment procedures and the development of individualized education programs are studied. Emphasis is on determining the technical adequacy of diagnostic tests.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 516: Programs for Young Children with Disabilities

An array of organizational models for serving infants and preschool children with special needs is examined. Topics include the effective implementation of individualized educational programs, curricular design, inclusion, assessing child progress, and family engagement.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Concurrent enrollment with SPED 668
  • SPED 513 and consent of program advisor
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 517: Medical Aspects of Developmental Disabilities

Students are introduced to the medical diagnosis, classification, and management of young children with developmental disabilities. Major known etiologies are examined.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 518: Reading Instructions for Students with Disabilities

Students select, adapt, implement, and assess reading methods and materials for elementary through secondary level students with mild/moderate disabilities.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • matriculation in a graduate program
  • ECED 534, SPED 501 and 505 or equivalents
  • or consent of department chair
SPED 519: Professional Development for Cooperating Teachers

Participants refine practices that support effective supervision and evaluation of professional practice in special education. Focus is on updates in the field of special education and resources. Hybrid course.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status and currently serving as a cooperating teacher, or consent of department chair
SPED 520: Young Adults in Nonschool Settings

Study includes a delineation of the population, an integrated model for organizing a total program, and methods for developing adaptive behavior in a variety of community, residential, vocational, and leisure settings.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 300
SPED 525: Development of Communication and Movement

Patterns of human development are analyzed, with emphasis on the development of communication and movement. Alternate communication strategies for the nonverbal student are also discussed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 526: Assessment, Curriculum, Methods for Children with Multiple Disabilities

Instructional and environmental adaptations pertinent to facilitating adaptive behavior in students with multiple disabilities are discussed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 300 and 520
SPED 531: Universal Design for Educating All Students

Principles/practices of universal design for teaching, learning, and assessment are provided. (Formerly Instructional Approaches to Children with Special Needs in Regular Classes.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • ELED 500 and SED 406 or ARTE 505
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 534: Involvement of Parents and Families Who Have Children with Disabilities

The problems, attitudes, and roles of parents and other significant persons in the lives of children with disabilities are examined. Special education teachers and other educators develop techniques for professional and parent interaction.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • matriculation in a graduate program or consent of department chair
SPED 544: Families in Early Intervention Programs: Essential Roles

Emphasis is on the critical roles that families assume in assessment and intervention processes in early intervention programs. Strategies that promote multiple roles and levels of involvement for families in these programs are discussed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Concurrent enrollment with SPED 669
  • graduate status or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 545: Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Technology is explored that facilitates success for persons with disabilities in integrated school and community settings. Focus is on the application of varied activities and materials.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 551: Urban Multicultural Special Education

Sociocultural foundations of urban multicultural special education are explored in order to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically relevant educational programs for students with disabilities in urban school environments.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • certification in special education or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 552: Dual Language Development and Intervention

Linguistic theories of first and second language development are examined with consideration of disability. Assessment procedures for distinguishing speech and language differences from delays/disorders are also examined.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Certification in special education
  • Concurrent enrollment in concurrent enrollment in SPED 651
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 553: Content-Based ESL Instruction for Exceptional Students

Students analyze curriculum and instructional approaches that integrate language, literacy, and content instruction for English language learners with disabilities, while analyzing the adaptation of instruction for studentsí identified disabilities.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Certification in special education
  • or consent of department chair
  • SPED 552 and 651
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 554: Curriculum Design for Exceptional Bilingual Students

Students examine the theories of and approaches to curriculum design and development as well as approaches to the adaptation of curriculum and instruction for English language learners with special needs.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Certification in special education
  • research methods course
  • SPED 551, 552, 553
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 555: Literacy for English Language Learners with Disabilities

Methods and materials are presented for teaching literacy to English language learners with disabilities. Assessment and teaching methods are analyzed from a dual language perspective.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Certification in special education
  • SPED 551, 552, 651
  • concurrent enrollment in SPED 652
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 557: Assessing English Language Learners with Disabilities

Students gain skill in assessing the linguistic, academic, and behavioral abilities of English language learners with disabilities. Emphasis is on the selection, administration, and interpretation of multifaceted assessments.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Certification in special education
  • SPED 551, 552, 651
  • Concurrent enrollment in concurrent enrollment in SPED 653
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 558: Mathematics / Science Instruction for Students with Disabilities

Students analyze mathematics and science content, tasks, frameworks, and standards for students with disabilities. Activities are designed and adapted to support mathematics and science learning at all levels of education.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status or consent of department chair
SPED 560: Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism

The characteristics of autism spectrum disorders are explored. Research-based educational practices are presented, which support learning for students with autism at all levels of education.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
SPED 561: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

The learning style and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders are examined. Techniques are developed for understanding and working with persons who have an autism spectrum diagnosis and their families.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status or consent of department chair
SPED 562: Practicum I in Autism

The focus of this practicum is to conduct needs assessments of district capacity to meet the needs of students with autism. A district-based professional development plan is also developed.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status and concurrent enrollment in SPED 561, or consent of department chair
SPED 563: Curriculum and Methodology: Students with Autism

Using the general education curriculum as a basis for learning, techniques are developed to support students with autism. Student strengths are matched with evidence-based practice.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
  • SPED 561, 562, and concurrent enrollment in SPED 564 and 565
SPED 564: Building Social and Communication Skills

The core social and communication deficits of autism are explored. Students learn to conduct specific assessments and to create individualized social and communication supports using evidence-based practices.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
  • SPED 561, 562, and concurrent enrollment in SPED 563 and 565
SPED 565: Practicum II in Autism

Concepts and skills are applied to students with autism in their classrooms. Student supports in communication, social skills, and curriculum adaptation are evaluated through on-site classroom observation.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
  • SPED 561, 562, and concurrent enrollment in SPED 563 and 564
SPED 566: Autism and Positive Behavior Supports

Participants use functional behavioral analysis to understand the unique behaviors of students with autism and the use of effective intervention.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SPED 563, 564, and 565, or consent of department chair

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