Graduate Special Education
2018 Summer 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.
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
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.
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION II
Special Education 687
This course addresses reading and writing instruction across the curriculum and interventions. The processes and skills children and adolescents engage in to develop vocabulary, comprehend text, and compose quality written work are examined. Specifically the difficulties encountered by students with language and learning differences are reviewed and research providing "best practices" in teaching vocabulary, comprehension and writing as tools for literacy development will be emphasized. Student will develop skills for teachin reading/writing vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing process/products and explore technology that supports instruction. Students will master instructional strategies for reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and the development and fluency skills involved in written composition.
TRANSITION ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Special Education 706
This course examines specific vocational assessment strategies using an ecological approach to in-school data collection. Assessment of occupational interests, aptitude, and learning styles in relationship to IEP development, placement within specific occupational clusters, and successful transition to post-secondary training and/or employment environments is presented.
FOUNDATIONS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Special Education 707
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth graduate level introduction to the foundations of autism spectrum disorder. This course includes an overview of autism spectrum disorder, including discussion of diagnostic issues, philosophical issues, research on the biological and psychosocial bases of the disorders, as well as an overview of intervention techniques and legal issues. The basic principles of behavioral analysis are covered.
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.
ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Special Education 709
The purpose of this course is to provide students with specialized training in applied behavior analysis. This course will provide in-depth training in advanced concepts related to changing behavior, maintaining behavior change, teaching skills and making data-based intervention decisions. In addition, this course will discuss the ethical issues related to behavior change.
ADVANCED APPLICATIONS IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Special Education 710
The purpose of this course is to integrate and apply knowledge and skills from all courses in the certificate program. Students will learn how to create ABA-based programs to teach adaptive behavior, self-help, communication and social skills targeting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Students will apply concepts from previous courses to create environments that promote learning and minimize challenging behavior in which to implement their ABA-based programs.
ETHICS IN RESEARCH AND APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Special Education 711
This course is designed to meet professional standards involving ethics, as outlined by the Fourth Edition Task List of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. This course has been developed for prospective therapists, researchers, and educators who are seeking certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIONS: FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY AGENCIES
Special Education 766
The purpose of this course is to provide students with theory, general principles, and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among families, professionals, students, and other stakeholders that lead to outcomes of individual and mutual empowerment. Students will gain knowledge of interpersonal and collaborative skills that support partnerships between parents and school/community professionals as well as between school professionals and other community service providers. Information concerning national, state, and local resources for families of children with disabilities will be provided and integrated into class activities. Students who are not currently teaching will have to fulfill independent field experience expectations.
SCHOOL-TO-ADULT LIFE TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMMING
Special Education 781
This course will examine direct and indirect instructional support strategies which facilitate successful vocational programming of individuals with exceptional educational needs within secondary and post-secondary environments. The Designated Vocational Instructor model and transition methods are emphasized.
CURRENT TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION: PRE-INSTITUTE
Special Education 785
The Pre-Institute is designed with the practical needs of educators in mind and will provide participants a comprehensive examination of current literature and practices within their school districts related to the current topic designated in the course SPECED 786 Current Topics in Special Education: Institute. These topics will change on an annual basis and be determined by department faculty in consultation with a graduate advisory committee comprised of teachers, administrators, and alumni. Specifically, the Pre-Institute will focus on the identification of key elements needed to create a framework for strategic planning to improve programming practices within schools related to the Institute topic.
CURRENT TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION: INSTITUTE
Special Education 786
The Institute is designed with the practical needs of educators in mind and will provide participants a comprehensive examination of current literature and practices related to critical issues facing the field of special education. Topics are selected on the basis of need, interest, or timeliness and will change each time the course is offered. Institutes will be offered in the summer session and conducted by international and national leaders with expertise on the topic. SPECED 785 Current Topics in Special Education: Pre-Institute (1 credit) and SPECED 787 Current Topics in Special Education: Post-Institute (1 credit) can be taken prior to and following each summer institute and provide a more in-depth examination of the topic.
CURRENT ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION: POST INSTITUTE
Special Education 787
The Post-Institute is designed with the practical needs of educators in mind and will provide participants a comprehensive examination of current literature and practices within their school districts related to the current topic designated in the course SPECED 786 Current Topics in Special Education: Institute. These topics will change on an annual basis and be determined by department faculty in consultation with a graduate advisory committee comprised of teachers, administrators and alumni. Specifically, the Post-Institute will focus on the identification of key elements needed to create a framework for strategic planning to improve programming practices within schools related to the Institute topic.
Special Education 798
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.