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Special Education Courses

This is a listing of Special Education (SPED) classes available at Bethany, overseen by the Special Education Department. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

There are 10 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
SPED200Identification 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.
SPED300Special 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.
SPED310Special 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.
SPED320Literacy 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner. Corequisite: SPED350 - Special Education Practicum I.
SPED340Behavior 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner. Corequisite: SPED360 - Special Education Practicum II.
SPED350Special Education Practicum I 1 credit
This practicum prepares students to increase their understanding of special education practices, with a program focus 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner. Corequisite: SPED320 - Literacy Assessment & Interventions for Students with Disabilities.
SPED360Special Education Practicum II 1 credit
This practicum prepares students to increase their understanding of special education practices, with a program focus 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner. Corequisite: SPED340 - Behavior Mgmt & Classroom Environments for Students with Disabilities.
SPED370Consultation, 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.
SPED400Behavioral 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.
SPED401Methods/Strategies Teaching Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities 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. Prerequisites: EDUC100 - Education Foundation/Philosophy, EDUC230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations, and EDUC370 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.

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