Graduate Special Education
2017 Fall Term
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BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM
Special Education 560
The purpose of this course is to provide general strategies to promote effective behavior management in the inclusive educational environment. Focus will be on theories and practices for facilitating successful integration of children with disabilities in the regular education classroom or public school special education programs.
EVIDENCE BASED EARLY INTERVENTION FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Special Education 565
This course examines relevant theories and pertinent research pertaining to care of infants and toddlers with special needs within the family setting and in group care programs. Content includes an examination of legislative action that calls for intervention services for the birth to three population in natural settings, screening and assessment procedures, eligibility criteria for service delivery, working closely with and supporting families, and team collaboration styles. Mental health issues related to infants and toddlers are examined in relation to those who provide care to this population.
MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY
Special Education 576
Study of the medical, physiological, neurological, physical, developmental, and sensory characteristics of persons with physical or medical conditions which impact educational programming. Emphasis on the etiology and implications of genetic, prenatal and acquired causes of disabilities including cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, medical fragility, technology dependency, AIDS, and prenatal drug exposure. Interdisciplinary approaches to services provided for persons with complex attendance
ADVANCED BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Special Education 640
The purpose of this course is to provide special educators with the knowledge and skills to intervene with children with intense patterns of behavior that prevent the student from accessing the general education classroom. Techniques for conducting functional behavior assessments and designing behavior intervention plans will be provided. In addition, legal aspects regarding behavior intervention will be provided.
COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
Special Education 658
This course develops student's skills and understanding of the laws pertaining to students with disabilities, writing individualized instructional plans, inclusion, collaboration and school-based team membership, and adaptation and modifications of instruction. Students also develop their personal philosophy of education including beliefs about teachers, students, diversity, community, inclusion, etc. and a profile of their role as a team member through the use of a variety of self-assessment tools and the use of a cooperative learning structure (base teams) for the course.
FORMAL ASSESSMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Special Education 661
This class provides the students with knowledge of the legal and ethical considerations related to the assessment of young children (Birth through age eight). Students will acquire skills related to developmental screening, determination of eligibility for special education, conducting norm-referenced assessments, writing reports, and communication with parents and other professionals.
EDUCATIONAL-DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT IN LD, E/BD, CD
Special Education 662
A course to develop advanced diagnostic skills for elementary through secondary students with mild/ moderate disabilities (LD, ED, CD). Particular emphasis is placed upon the assessment of cognitive, academic, developmental and behavioral skills that affect classroom performance. The application of advanced trend analysis and data synthesis techniques for special education placement and program planning is stressed and current issues and trends are discussed.
CURRICULUM/METHODS/MATERIALS FOR THOSE WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES
Special Education 676
For the individual who is interested in acquiring specialized techniques and strategies in the care, instruction, programming, and management of the person with physical, motor, medical, intellectual, communicative and/or behavioral disabilities. Specific information on positioning, physical handling, feeding facilitation, augmentative communication, sensory integration, adaptive switches, medication therapy and life skills development for the person with severe and profound disabilities.
DIRECTED TEACHING/INTERNSHIP PRACTICA AND PHASE 4 SEMINAR
Special Education 680
The focus of this course is to support undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates to use formal and informal assessments, apply evidence-based practices in instruction, behavior management, working with families and community agencies in special education, gain first-hand experiences with diverse learners with disabilities, experience the different types and levels of service delivery models in different emphais areas across the special education continuum, and reflect on how, when, and why specific evidence-based practices are implemented in public school and alternative school settings. Teacher candidates will explore respective roles and responsibilities of all student teaching personnel. attention is also given to the recognition and application of skills and activities fundamental to the development of effective teachers. Teacher candidates will complete all special education department requirements including the Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), unit plans, an IEP, FBA, and BIP along with online reflection journal submissions.
LEGAL FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special Education 700
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth graduate level theoretical foundation of the field of special education. Historical trends and current issues in the field of special education will be explored with an emphasis upon the impact these issues have on current practice. Current special education law and its interaction with practice will also be explored.
REFLECTIVE PRACTICE AND ACTION RESEARCH
Special Education 702
The course assists teachers in planning, organizing, implementing, and assessing inquiry-related strategies appropriate for their classrooms. Participants will investigate current issues by way of Action Research, ethnographic, symbolic interaction, and qualitative inquiry techniques. Projects will be conducted that relate to individual classroom needs and situations. PREREQ: Graduate Standing.
APPLIED FIELD ACTION RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special Education 704
Under the mentorship of the faculty advisor, the student will reflect and implement an Action Research proposal at the classroom, school and / or district level. The synthesis and summary of the findings will be disseminated via multiple formats, e.g. poster sessions, conference presentations, journal articles and the sharing of information at professional gatherings. The Action Research study will be a tool for producing artifacts that can be integrated into appropriate professional portfolios to enhance professional development, career mobility of qualification for NBPTS certification.
METHODS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Special Education 708
This course provides students with methods of instructing children with autism spectrum disorders. The focus will be on developing functional skills based upon individual children's needs. Methods of instruction will include applied behavior analysis, sensory integration, TEACCH, and functional and ecological assessment procedures.
FOUNDATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF CD/EBD/LD
Special Education 760
This course addressed the characteristics of students with cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disabilities. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the theoretical and historical issues related to threee high incidence disabilities. Specific application of theory and history will be applied to all three areas looking at characteristics across the life span. Inter-relationships of the characteristics, needs and implication for practice will be explored. Eligibility and models of service delivery will also be examined. Students who are not currently teaching will have to fulfill independent field experience expectations.
CURRICULUM AND METHODS FOR LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES
Special Education 776
This course focuses on meeting the educational needs of students requiring a functional intensive special education program. Methods of instruction will include strategies to promote general curriculum access for individual with significant and multiple disabilities; addressing the unique learning and support needs required to educate students with low incidence disabilities.
Special Education 798
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.