Special Education (SPED)

SPED 525 FORMAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (K-12) (3)

Assessment techniques; philosophical rationale; current research; intervention strategies. Prerequisites: 6 credits PSYC; 9 credits SPED or consent of instructor.

SPED 527 CURRICULUM/METHODS OF SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES K-12 (3)

Curriculum theory, research, instructional techniques for students with disabilities. Prerequisites: 6 credits SPED or consent of instructor.

SPED 601 SPECIAL EDUCATION: CURRICULUM & METHODS OF INSTRUCTION FOR SECONDARY TRANSITION (3)

Methodologies for transition for students with disabilities from school to employment and adult life. Prerequisite: SPED 301 or consent of instructor.

SPED 603 INFORMAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES K-12 (3)

Assessment, diagnosis, prescriptive techniques; procedures, administration, interpretation and programming. Prerequisite: SPED 301 and consent of department.

SPED 604 ACTION RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

Lead participants through a structured reflection on the action research process they are conducting within their own classrooms, schools, or districts. Fundamental concepts and practices in education research in special education will be described. Specific applications of educational research methods to problems in special education will be covered. Additionally an emphasis on reviewing and critiquing special education research and applied classroom research for practitioners is included. Prerequisite: None.

SPED 605 WORKING WITH FAMILIES OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (3)

Communication skills, human relations; parent counseling and conferencing. Prerequisites: SPED 301 and consent of department.

SPED 607 CURRICULUM/METHODS OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (3)

Theoretical foundations, development or practical interventions. Prerequisites: SPED 301 and consent of instructor.

SPED 620 EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (3)

Provides an in-depth introduction into the characteristics, assessment methods, and instructional issues related to educating a student with an autism spectrum disorder in the classroom. Prerequisites: None.

SPED 621 FORMAL AND INFORMAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD (3)

Information related to both formal and informal assessment for students with autism spectrum disorders. Participants will improve observation skills, learn administration procedures, learn how to interpret assessment results, and use this information to improve programming. Prerequisite: None.

SPED 622 SOCIAL THINKING AND CONNECTEDNESS FOR STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM (3)

Theories and research on social development, social communication, social connectedness and instructional techniques for individuals on the autism spectrum. Prerequisites: None.

SPED 623 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD (3)

Provides participants with an understanding of the process of conducting a functional analysis of behavior and developing a practical behavioral support program which promotes social, communicative, and academic behaviors for classroom and home implementation. Prerequistes: None.

SPED 624 EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD (3)

Provides in-depth information related to evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders. Students will gain theoretical information, hands-on experience with implementation, and critical reasoning skills related to identifying appropriate instructional strategies for individual student learning profiles.

SPED 625 CURRICULUM AND METHODS OF INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD I (3)

Examination of the instructional strategies shown to be effective in promoting the academic success of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participants will examine methods in order to ensure access of the general education curriculum to student swith ASD who exhibit mild to moderate impairments. Prerequisite: None.

SPED 626 CURRICULUM AND METHODS OF INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD II (3)

Provides specific, evidence-based information regarding delivery of curricula, conducting assessments, and designing appropriate, individualized instruction for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Focus and materials are on students who need intensive supports due to the severity of their diagnosis of ASD.

SPED 627 CO-TEACHING AND INCLUSION OF STUDENTS WITH ASD II (3)

Best practices for successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the general education setting. Inclusion and the concept of least restrictive environment are viewed and discussed as a part of the civil rights movement. The depth of the inclusion process for individuals with ASD is examined in the following contexts: discussion legislation, co-teaching and collaboration, identifying factors that challenge the process, examining and practicing differentiated instruction, understanding characteristics of learners with ASD and celebrating successful experiences.

SPED 628 INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH ASD (3)

Practical application in the use of both instructional and assistive technologies to increase the access and learning of students with autism spectrum disorders in general education curriculum. Prerequisite: consent of the department.

SPED 630 CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY RESPONSIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES (3)

In-depth introduction to current research, trends, policies, and instructional practice related to educational placement and service delivery for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and/or who have exceptionalities.

SPED 631 CLASSROOM STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE STUDENT POPULATIONS (3)

Overview of best practices for instruction and intervention for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and/or who have special education needs. Addresses equitable practice, universal design for learning, response to intervention, and strategies for including second-language learners.

SPED 632 ASSESSMENT ISSUES FOR CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS (3)

Overview of educational assessment as it relates to culturally and linguistically diverse student populations, addressing the impact of variables such as language, culture, acculturation, and socioeconomic status in the assessment process. Emphasis will be placed on these and other factors impacting assessment, on informal and dynamic assessment procedures, and on the formal assessment and identification process for special education as it relates to diverse students. Prerequisite: none.

SPED 633 SCHOOL, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS (3)

Strategies and approaches for productively involving families, caregivers and appropriate community members in the identification and education of diverse learners, particularly those who are culturally and linguistically diverse and/or who have special education needs. Course topics include varied perceptions of disabilities and the education system, communication skills, human relations, counseling and conferencing with families and other stakeholders to support students through all stages of the educational process.

SPED 635 LEGAL FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

Overview of litigated and legislated standards for special education services for students with disabilities and implications for current practices. Prerequisite: Student teaching or teaching experience or consent of instructor.

SPED 637 INCLUSION FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER (3)

Background and legal bases, programs, methods and materials for special-needs children, and emphasis on the regular classroom. Prerequisite: Student teaching or consent of instructor.

SPED 641 ED STD W/DIS:CM&I (3)

Characteristics affecting learning, designing educational programs. Prerequisites: 6 units in PSYC and 6 units in education.

SPED 644 UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING AND DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION (3)

Designed for both teachers and administrators with a focus on applying the universal design for learning framework to current instructional practices; specifically, the design of flexible goals, materials, methods, assessments and environments that accurately reflect and encourage student learning. Prerequisite: Consent of department.

SPED 645 CO-TEACHING IN EDUCATION (3)

Current research and practices pertaining to the development of collaborative and consultative knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to provide appropriate learning opportunities to all students in co-teaching environments. Prerequisites: None.

SPED 646 USING TECHNOLOGY TO DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION (3)

Practical application of best practices differentiating instruction, using computer software to increase the access and learning of students with disabilities in general education curriculum. Prerequisite: Student teaching or teaching experience or consent of instructor. Lab/Class fee will be assessed.

SPED 670 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3)

Studies in selected content areas tailored to student needs. Prerequisites: Vary according to area of concentration; consent of department.

SPED 671 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3)

Studies in selected content areas tailored to student needs. Prerequisites: Vary according to area of concentration; consent of department.

SPED 672 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3)

Studies in selected content areas tailored to student needs. Prerequisites: Vary according to area of concentration; consent of department.

SPED 741 INTERNSHIP: STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (6)

Placement in a special education facility or special education agency according to student interest and background. Prerequisites: 12 credits in special education and consent of department. S/U grading.