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. Sophomore standing required.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


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.

Prerequisite: SPE 2550. With permission of the instructor, this course is open to licensed teachers and lateral entry candidates.
Offered: spring


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


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

SPE 3450 course content introduces the Teacher Candidates to professional terminology, the various facets of reading disabilities, and a history of reading theory. This course also covers formative and summative assessment procedures used to pinpoint areas of weaknesses in reading. The course involves the Teacher Candidate with hands on experiences with a student to informally assess and identify individual student weaknesses in reading that require remediation. Teacher Candidates develop an individualized remediation plan based on the test results for the assigned student. The course provides experience working cooperatively with an experienced classroom teacher and communicating with parents. The course requires a 10-15 hour practicum in an accredited school.

Prerequisite: none
Cross-listed: EDU 3450
Offered: fall


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall 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. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course. Requires a minimum of 10 hours in an accredited school.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: spring


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. Requires a minimum of 10 hours in an accredited school.

Prerequisite: SPE 3450
Offered: spring


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 10 observation hours in an accredited school. 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.

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed: EDU 4190
Offered: fall and spring


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

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. 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.

Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the Education department Chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost.