|Course Title / Description
|Identification and Assessment for Special Education Services 3 credits
This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding of special education assessment issues. Topics to be covered include both formal and informal assessments in special education, the use of assessment to determine special education eligibility, how to use assessment to determine current levels of performance, benchmarks, and progress goals.
|Special Education IEP & Transition Planning 4 credits
Roles and responsibilities of the special education teacher in using data for planning and delivering a range of evidence-based teaching and behavior management methods to meet individual student needs using multidisciplinary team processes.
|Special Education Law and Advocacy 3 credits
Procedural safeguards for legal, judicial, medical, and educational systems that serve students with disabilities are studied, which includes due process and transition.
|Literacy Assessment & Interventions for Students with Disabilities 4 credits
Students will learn assessment and intervention techniques to target the reading and writing difficulties experienced by K-12 students struggling with literacy competence. Elements of the course will include the study of the background of methods for teaching reading, writing, listening, thinking and speaking and also strategies for teaching reading comprehension, word recognition, word analysis, and vocabulary.
|Behavior Mgmt & Classroom Environments for Students with Disabilities 3 credits
A course in theories of behavior, functional behavior assessment, and the laws, policies, and ethical principles regarding the planning and implementation of positive behavior supports for students with challenging behavior.
|Special Education Practicum I 1 credit
This practicum prepares students to increase their understanding of special education practices, with a program focused on literacy skills and behavior management. Students are required to complete no less than 30 hours of clinical experience in areas including but not limited to special education evaluation, remediation, and progress monitoring in reading.
|Special Education Practicum II 1 credit
This practicum prepares students to increase their understanding of special education practices, with a program focused on literacy skills and behavior management. Students are required to complete no less than 30 hours of clinical experience in areas including but not limited to special education evaluation, remediation, and progress monitoring in math and content area curriculum.
|Consultation, Collaboration & Resources in Special Education 3 credits
The focus of this course is on communicating and collaborating effectively with parents, administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and agency personnel about the special needs of individual students. Investigation includes considering the influence of diversity and language on eligibility, placement decisions, and programming. Candidates will become acquainted with outside agencies, as well as transition needs and services.
|Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Disabilities 3 credits
A study of major clinical perspectives, psychological disorders, terminology, and issues in child and adolescent psychopathology with emphasis on areas of special relevance to educational settings. Included is an investigation of the impact of socioeconomic and psycho-social factors; disabling, associated, or medical conditions, and culturally or linguistically diverse students. Preparing for collaborating with mental health professionals and service providers in serving students having emotional/behavioral disorders.
|Principles and Strategies for Effective Inclusion 4 credits
This course is designed to provide an overview for teachers on how to plan and deliver instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities based on screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostic achievement scores. Emphasis is placed on interpreting achievement data, implementing targeted differentiation, evidence-based interventions, and alternate curricula in general and/or special educational settings.
|Emotional, Behavioral, and TraumaBased Disorders 3 credits
A course in the background of EBD, the origins of behavior disorders, the types of behavior disorders, and the procedures associated with the assessment of these disorders.
|Supporting Students with Autism 3 credits
Students will plan and practice comprehensive assessment for ASD evaluation. Based on data and collaboration, students will design instruction for students with ASD that include communication and assistive technology systems. Instructional programming will focus on strategies and support for individuals with ASD and promote social participation and interpersonal interactions.