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Graduate Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SPE 500: Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities in General Classrooms (3) This course is designed to introduce the graduate level teacher to principles useful for working with secondary students demonstrating a variety of academic, behavioral, and social needs.


SPE 501: Introduction to the Study of Exceptional Learners (3) This course provides an overview of the various exceptionalities and an introduction to basic special education services and procedures. OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER


SPE 515: Language Development (3) This course involves the study of normal language development, with emphasis on the development of the phonological, syntactic, and semantic systems in children with disabilities.  OFFERED SUMMER ONLY

SPE 516: Collaborative Consultation (3)
This course is designed to provide teachers with knowledgeable skills required to successfully facilitate intervention strategies with general education classroom teachers and other education support personnel in meeting the needs of children with disabilities in an inclusive educational setting. Additional skills are designed to facilitate efforts of special education teaching personnel in facilitating intervention strategies with parents and community agencies in assisting students with disabilities to make a successful transition from the school to employment and community living activities.  OFFERED SUMMER ODD YEARS


SPE 518: Application of Child Development to Special Education (3)
An in depth study of the principles and theories of child development from early childhood through adulthood. Specific emphasis is upon the implications of child development theory on teaching exceptional students.  OFFERED SPRING EVEN YEARS


SPE 520: Learning Strategies for Adolescents (3)  This course is designed to provide teachers of children with disabilities in grades 6-12 with current strategies for assessing student learning styles and modifying instructional methods for optimal student learning.  OFFERED FALL ODD YEARS


SPE 522: Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools (3) This course is designed to provide teachers of children with disabilities in grades K-6 with validated, research-based approaches to plan for and incorporate student learning styles in inclusive classrooms to for optimal student learning.  OFFERED FALL ODD YEARS


SPE 525: Transitioning Students with Disabilities (Secondary) (3) This course the historical development of career education, model programs for individuals with disabilities, techniques for developing and implementing a career education program, and instructional strategies for providing career education to individual students with disabilities.  OFFERED SPRING EVEN YEARS


SPE 540: Teaching Elementary Students with Disabilities in Elementary Schools (3) This course is designed to provide pre-service teachers an opportunity to plan methods and materials to be used in inclusive settings, addressing the educational needs of students with disabilities in upper elementary school.  OFFERED FALL ODD YEARS


SPE 541: Teaching Early Childhood Students with Disabilities In General Classrooms (3) This course is designed to provide pre-service teachers an opportunity to plan methods and materials to be used in inclusive settings, addressing the educational needs of students with disabilities birth through grade three.  OFFERED PSRING EVEN YEARS


SPE 545: Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (3) This course covers the rationale for early childhood special education and provides a comprehensive overview of major principles and practices relating to the provision of services to young children with disabilities from birth through age eight.  OFFERED FALL EVEN YEARS


SPE 546: Parent and Family Assessment, Support, and Cooperation (3) This course is designed to investigate methods of family assessment and evaluation as well as methods in training, counseling, and support of young children with disabilities.   OFFERED SPRING ODD YEARS


SPE 548: Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education (3) This course emphasizes the basic skills and knowledge that are required to analyze, select, and implement effective assessment practices with children with disabilities.  OFFERED SPRING ODD YEARS


SPE 549: Adaptive Techniques and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3) This course involves the study of techniques and methods that are requisites to adapt early childhood curricula to the specialized needs of young children with disabilities from birth through age eight.   OFFERED FALL EVEN YEARS


SPE 550: Learning Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities (3) This course is designed to provide teachers of children with disabilities aged 0– 8 with current strategies for assessing student learning styles and modifying instructional methods for optimal student learning.  OFFERED SPRING ODD YEARS


SPE 595 Internship In Early Childhood Special Education (3) This course engages the candidate to practice learned proficiencies in an educational setting by providing supervised teaching experiences in an early childhood special education setting involving children from birth to age eight. Candidates will demonstrate competencies to develop and implement instructional strategies under the supervision of a certified teacher of children with disabilities from birth to age eight in a setting of service delivery designed to maximize children’s learning potential.  OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS


SPE 609: Seminar In Special Education (3) This course is designed to stimulate the candidate's thinking in the field of special education, current research, programming innovations, curricular trends, and theoretical perspectives to be discussed.   OFFERED SUMMER ODD YEARS


SPE 641: Evaluation and Methods and Materials of Special Education (3) This course is designed to present innovative positions regarding how children in special education may be aided in the learning process.  OFFERED SPRING ODD YEARS


SPE 643: Curriculum Planning--K-6 (3) This course focuses on the study of the philosophical and psychological foundations of special education and designing curriculum specific to addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities within an inclusive education setting in grades K-6.   OFFERED FALL EVEN YEARS


SPE 644: Curriculum Planning --6-12 (3) This course focuses on the study of the philosophical and psychological foundations of special education and designing curriculum specific to addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities within an inclusive education setting in grades 6-12.   OFFERED FALL EVEN YEARS


SPE 660: Advanced Collaborative Consultation (3) This course is designed to provide teachers with opportunities to successfully plan and facilitate intervention strategies to be implemented in a school-wide inclusion program. The focus is upon implementing strategies which garner teacher support for collaborative consultation while simultaneously meeting the needs of children with disabilities.   OFFERED SPRING ODD YEARS


SPE 664: Supervising Collaborative Consultation Programs K-6 (3) This course is designed to provide opportunities for teachers of young children with disabilities with practical experience in facilitating collaborative activities among special educators and general educators, families, and interagency personnel.  OFFERED FALL EVEN YEARS


SPE 665: Supervising Collaborative Consultation Program 6-12 (3) This course is designed to provide opportunities for teachers of adolescents with disabilities with practical experience in facilitating collaborative activities among special educators and general educators, families, and interagency personnel.  OFFERED FALL EVEN YEARS


SPE 667: Professional Writing (3) This course focuses upon professional writing strategies and processes for professional educators. The course emphasis is upon identifying funding sources, professional organizations, and refereed journals for which professional writing is appropriate.

Candidates will plan, draft, and finalize papers and proposals.   OFFERED SPRING ODD YEARS