Undergraduate Special Education
2020 Summer Term
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DISABILITY, RACE, & ETHNICITY IN SOCIETY
The course addresses the perspectives and social construction of disability in underrepresented groups (e.g., African Americans, Latina). The course focuses on the intersection of political, racial, and cultural context of disability. Particular attention is given to perceptions of access to resources pertaining to underrepresented groups. Strategies to promote access, authentic and more equitable and responsive services are discussed.
INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
A survey course designed to familiarize students with the psychological, physiological and educational problems that confront persons with intellectual disabilities, gifts and talents, emotional or behavioral disorders, speech impairments, auditory impairments, visual impairments, and orthopedic and neurological impairments.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AND INTERVENTIONS FOR EBD
The purpose of this course is to provide intervention strategies for working with children with severe emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies related to AODA, social skills curriculum, abuse/neglect, juvenile corrections, and medication management will be presented. In addition, methods for creating effective program models will be presented.
CHARACTERISTICS AND INTERVENTIONS FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of intellectual disabilities. Students will be presented with information on the causes and characteristics; eligibility requirements; current cultural and historical views of intellectual disabilities; and social emotional, medical, physical, educational, and life-span considerations for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
CHARACTERISTICS AND INTERVENTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES
This course provides an examination of the field of learning disabilities. Emphasis on the concept of learning disabilities, etiology, diagnosis, characteristics, teaching strategies, theory, historical influences, and current trends. Eligibility and models of service delivery will also be examined.
INTRODUCTION TO INDIVIDUALIZED DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF EEN
A core course providing an overview of educational assessment and diagnosis of those with disabilities. Emphasis is placed upon testing for IEP development, the teaching and implications of the educational evaluation for multidisciplinary team decision making.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS
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.
MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY
This course focuses on the study of the medical, physiological, neurological, physical, developmental, and sensory characteristics of persons who experience conditions which impact educational goals and programming. Emphasis areas include the etiology, development, and life experiences of children for whom families and professionals provide individualized care and education. Pre-, peri-, and post-natal conditions affecting human development are discussed.
TRANSITION PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Identification of specific strategies for overcoming attitudinal and technical barriers to vocational mainstreaming of special needs students. Content includes values clarification, vocational assessment, vocational IEP development, and elementary and secondary vocational models in delivering appropriate vocational services to EEN students. Content covers grades K-12.
WORKING WITH PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & COMMUNITY AGENCIES
Provides insight into the adjustment problems of individuals with disabilities in the home and school environments. Particular emphasis upon consultation and supportive skills to aid the person and their parents in dealing with school or agency personnel and programs.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.