Special Education Courses

Special Education Courses

SPE 2550 EDUCATING DIVERSE POPULATIONS (3 s.h.)

A survey course introducing social, cultural, socioeconomic, emotional, and physical factors affecting diverse populations and their implications for education. Designated writing-enrichment course. Sophomore standing required. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

SPE 2600 EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH (3 s.h.)

The course addresses current issues and trends pertaining to exceptional children and youth. Appropriate educational approaches and the processes and procedures for providing special education services are emphasized. This course is offered in spring. Prerequisite: SPE 2550. With permission of the instructor, this course is open to licensed teachers and lateral entry candidates.

SPE 3350 TESTING AND ASSESSING SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to study advanced principles of measurement of students’ work product to include both formative and summative assessments, conducting of curriculum based assessment procedures and the interpretation of test results used for diagnosing, planning instruction and monitoring of student progress. This course is offered every fall semester.

SPE 3450 TESTING AND DIAGNOSING READING DIFFICULTIES (2 s.h.)

The course content will focus on professional terminology, correlates of reading disability, a history of reading theory, as well as formative and summative diagnostic procedures. The course provides opportunities for teacher candidates to use these resources to assess an assigned student, pinpoint areas of weakness needing remediating and prepare an individualized remediation plan for the student. The course will also provide experiences in working cooperatively with a classroom teacher and communicating with parents. Requires 10-15 hours in an accredited school. This course is offered during the fall semester. Cross listed as EDU 3450.

SPE 3850 COLLABORATION WITH PARENTS AND EDUCATORS (3 s.h.)

The characteristics, roles, and skills of interpersonal relations with parents, general education and other professionals in the education of exceptional children. This course is offered in the fall semester as needed.

SPE 4010 SCIENTIFICALLY BASED RESEARCH METHODS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (4 s.h.)

The course focuses on research-validated learning and behavior strategies, assessment, multi-sensory methods and curricula to facilitate learning across the curriculum. Designing and evaluating instructional plans, organizing effective student learning environments, and using technology throughout the curriculum are stressed. This course is offered every spring semester. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course. Requires a minimum of 10 hours in an accredited school.

SPE 4100 PRACTICUM IN THE CORRECTION OF READING DIFFICULTIES/DISORDERS (3 s.h.)

The course will focus on the implementation of the individualized reading plan developed in SPE 3450 Testing and Diagnosing Reading Difficulties. It will provide opportunities for Teacher Candidates to use the developed plan, to write reports and lesson plans according to the assessed needs and to tutor the students. It will also provide for re-assessing diagnosed area of weakness after the remediation plan has been implemented. Prerequisite SPE 3450. Requires a minimum of 10 hours in an accredited school. This course is offered during the spring semester.

SPE 4190 SEMINAR IN POSITIVE BEHAVIOR DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)

This course models strategies and techniques for building self-concept and managing behaviors that promote success in the learning environment; focuses on inclusion classrooms and social and emotional needs of individuals with disabilities. Requires a minimum of ten observation hours in an accredited school. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required Cross listed as EDU 4190. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except upon review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department. This course is offered every semester

SPE 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3 s.h.)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division studentJM to engage in special research in his/her major. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the Education department Chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor.

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