SPED201
Introduction to Special Education

Description: Introduction to basic concepts related to the education of exceptional learners. Historical factors, legislative statutes, and instructional models.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 362; SPED 407; SPED 454; SPED 461; SPED 820

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED212
Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners

Description: The role of general education teachers in the primary purposes of assessment of learners with diverse needs. Knowledge and experience with interpreting norm-referenced test information as related to planning educational programs. Use of assessment information for instructional planning and evaluation. Testing accommodations and classroom grading.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 406, SPED 806, TEAC 806; SPED 406A, SPED 806A, TEAC 806A

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED310
Collaborative Practices

Prerequisites: SPED 201.

Description: Conceptual foundations, strategies and techniques for communicating effectively with educational personnel and parents. Roles of educational personnel in inclusive settings, pragmatic issues involved in designing and implementing collaborative efforts, techniques for increasing interpersonal problem solving, modes of communication, and skills for dealing with conflict and resistance.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED362
Early Childhood Special Education

Prerequisites: SPED 201; parallel SPED 496Y; CYAF 374 or 474 or parallel; admission to the Inclusive Early Childhood Education major (IECE) or permission of instructor and/or adviser.

Description: Teaching and caring for children under age five with specific disabilities. Design of Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) and strategies for teaching and learning in natural, child-interest routines and activities in classroom settings.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED397
Professional Practicum Experience III

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

Description: Guided observations and/or clinical experiences in schools and/or agencies offering programs for children and/or youth.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-10
Max credits per semester:10
Max credits per degree:10
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-10

ACE:

SPED397D
Professional Practicum Experience III Unified Primary K-3

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

Description: Guided observations and/or clinical experiences in schools and/or agencies offering programs for children and/or youth.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-10
Max credits per semester:10
Max credits per degree:10
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-10

ACE:

SPED401A
Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Elementary School ClassroomCrosslisted with SPED 801A

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDPS 362; one methods course; or permission.

Description: Legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individual Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the elementary school.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED401B
Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School ClassroomCrosslisted with SPED 801B

Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDPS 362; one methods course; or permission.

Description: Legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individual Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the secondary school.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED403
Seminar: Mildly Handicapped

Description: Concepts, instructional strategies, and attitudes related to the education of exceptional learners. Peer- and instructor-generated topics that are relevant to the student teaching experience. SPED 403 is 'Pass/No Pass only'.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPED405
Code-based Reading InstructionCrosslisted with SPED 805

Prerequisites: Parallel SPED 405A/805A.

Description: Direct, systematic, multi-sensory techniques for teaching reading, writing and spelling to students who have severe reading problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

SPED405A
Reading Center Practicum ICrosslisted with SPED 805A

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Teaching and/or tutoring experience evaluating and instructing students with reading problems in a Reading Center. Assessment, lesson planning and teaching using direct instruction, code-based instructional strategies.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

SPED406
Reading and Writing Disabilities: AdolescentsCrosslisted with SPED 806, TEAC 806

Prerequisites: SPED 212/812, and (TEAC 441 required for undergraduate students only). Parallel SPED 406A/806A.

Description: Theory and techniques for assessing and teaching word identification, vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills in grades 7 to 12.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

SPED406A
Reading Center Practicum IICrosslisted with SPED 806A, TEAC 806A

Prerequisites: SPED 400/800, 212/812, and (TEAC 441 required for undergraduate students only). Taken parallel with SPED 406/806

SPED 406A/806A requires two hours per week in a Reading Center.

Description: Teaching and/or tutoring experience evaluating and instructing students with reading problems in a Reading Center. Assessment, instructional planning, delivery of instruction, writing diagnostic reports and parent communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

SPED407
Foundations of Secondary Special Education

Prerequisites: SPED 201

Description: Provide future special education teachers with both the historical timeline and current legislation regarding services for students with mild/moderate disabilities. Chronological events and legal mandates that public schools must reinforce to provide an equal education for all students.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 408, SPED 808

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED408
Methods and Instruction for Secondary Special EducationCrosslisted with SPED 808

Prerequisites: Special Education Professional Semester and SPED 407 or 807.

Description: Instill practices of "Explicit Instruction" and a framework for instructional planning. Provide a practicum experience for future teachers to practice their knowledge and skills on a weekly basis in a secondary school setting.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED414
Instructional Methods for Students with Mathematics Learning DisabilitiesCrosslisted with SPED 814

Prerequisites: SPED 201; sophomore standing

Description: Provides knowledge and skills for teaching mathematics to those with mathematics learning disabilities (or difficulties). Focuses on the potential causes and characteristics of mathematics learning disabilities, emphasizes various evidence-based instructional procedures and their applications in critical domains, provides introduction to formal and informal assessments in mathematics, and applying data-based decision-making to guide instruction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED415
Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary StudentsCrosslisted with SPED 815

Prerequisites: SPED 201, TEAC 311, TEAC 313 for elementary education majors; SPED 201, SPED 212, and SPED 414 (or equivalent) for SPED majors. Must be taken with: SPED 415A/815A.

For SPED 415 - Priority will be given to students who will be student teaching the following semester.

Description: Theory and techniques for assessing and teaching early literacy skills in small groups and one-on-one for children who struggle with literacy.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

SPED415A
Practicum in Reading and Writing Disabilities-ElementaryCrosslisted with SPED 815A

Prerequisites: SPED 201, TEAC 311, 313 for elementary education majors; SPED 201, 212, and 414 (or equivalent) for SPED majors.

Description: This reading and writing practicum is taken at the same time as SpEd 415 or SpEd 815.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

SPED434
Introduction to Special Vocational NeedsCrosslisted with SPED 834

Description: A foundational course emphasizing the characteristics and identification of special needs learners in vocational settings. Determines needs, interests, and abilities of these students.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED436
Career Education for the Special Needs StudentCrosslisted with SPED 836

Prerequisites: SPED 434/834 or permission.

Description: Philosophical and practical base of career education as it relates to special needs students. Career education units developed for infusion into subject areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED454
Behavior Management

Prerequisites: SPED 201; TEAC 297A or EDPS 297; Sophomore standing

These courses may not be taken concurrently with SPED 454, they must be completed prior to taking SPED 454.

Description: Strategies and techniques for the management of challenging behaviors displayed by school-age children. Reciprocal nature of human behavior and environment. Functional analyses of behavior problems, strategies for preventing behavior problems, techniques for increasing prosocial behavior, non-aversive procedures for decreasing problematic behavior, and methods for teaching children self-management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED461
Early Intervention Principles &Practices for Infants/Toddlers with Developmental Delays/Disabilities

Prerequisites: SPED 201, CYAF 271 and admission to the Inclusive Early Childhood Education major; prefer CYAF 380 completed or taken simultaneously

Description: Overview of etiology, characteristics and developmental implications of selected conditions related to developmental disabilities. Design and delivery of Individualized Family Service Plans through routine-based interviews, observation of children in natural learning environments, activity/routine-based intervention and supports an home-visiting services.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED472
Educating Students with Sensory Disabilities

Description: Education of the hearing and vision impaired including history of, professional roles in, and educational programming within this field. Social/psychological theories as related to the vision hearing impaired. Patterns of social/emotional development, psychological characteristics, issues of family stress and social adaptation and discussion of counseling techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED480
Educating Students with Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesCrosslisted with SPED 880

Description: Concepts related to history, definitions, identification, etiology, and assessment of students with intellectual impairments and developmental disabilities. Examine attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes concerning persons with intellectual impairments and other developmental disabilities. Instructional methods, adaptations and teaming to provide individualized interventions and include students in least restrictive environments/general education settings. Applied assignments will be conducted in field experience and student teaching.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPED493
Workshop Seminar
Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

SPED495
Independent Study in Special Education

Prerequisites: Prior arrangements with faculty member and permission.

Description: Special research or reading project under direction of a staff member in the department.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

SPED496E
Field Experience: General Special Education
Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

SPED496M
Directed Field Experience: Mild/Moderate
Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

SPED496Y
Directed Field Experience: Inclusion

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

SPED497M
Practicum: Mild/Moderate

Prerequisites: Admission by application only

Course details
Credit Hours:3-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:3-12

ACE:

SPED497Q
Student Teaching with Infants and/or Preschool Children with Disabilities

Prerequisites: Completion of all courses and pre-student teaching practica in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education major.

Description: Final supervised field experience in the public schools with young children who have disabilities under age 5. Minimum 10 weeks, full-time placement.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

SPED497Z
Student Teaching MulticulturalCrosslisted with NUTR 497Z, TEAC 497Z

Description: Supervised teaching experiences in schools. Accompanying seminar focuses on: teacher certification, teacher and student rights and responsibilities, proper conduct of teachers, selected legal aspects of education, methods of communicating with parents and community members, and current issues which impact education.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

SPED499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3

ACE: