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Undergraduate Special Education

2015 Fall Term

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3 Units

DISABILITY IN SOCIETY (DV)(GI)

Special Education 201

A study of the social construction of disability. This course focuses on the political and cultural context of disability. Particular attention is given to the issues of perception, mobility, accessibility, distribution of bio-resources, and the human condition as well as a process to assist individuals achieve comfortable, authentic, and more equal relationships with persons with disabilities.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

Special Education 205

A survey course designed to familiarize students with the psychological, physiological and educational problems which confront persons who are cognitively disabled, gifted, emotionally disturbed, speech impaired, auditorily impaired, visually impaired, orthopedically and neurologically impaired.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

Special Education 322

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of cognitive disabilities/mental retardation/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 cognitive disabilities.


3 Units

CHARACTERISTICS OF LD

Special Education 325

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.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO INDIVIDUALIZED DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF EEN

Special Education 326

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.


3 Units

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS

Special Education 360

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.


3 Units

INCLUSIVE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

Special Education 361

This course is designed to help prospective special education teachers in grades K-12 learn to work effectively with students with mild disabilities. Instructional principles and strategies to provide quality instruction to help students become successful learners will be emphasized. Content emphasis includes models of instruction, and methods for delivering instruction including lesson planning and unit planning.


2 Units

EVIDENCE BASED EARLY INTERVENTION FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Special Education 365

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.


3 Units

MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY

Special Education 376

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 perinatal drug exposure. Interdisciplinary approaches to services provided for persons with complex attendance needs are addressed.


3 Units

TRANSITION PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Special Education 406

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.


3 Units

ADVANCED BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES

Special Education 440

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.


3 Units

COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

Special Education 458

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.


3 Units

FORMAL ASSESSMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Special Education 461

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. Prereq: Completion of all prior Early Childhood Education courses and restricted to students with professional ed admission and ECE majors.


3 Units

EDUCATIONAL-DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT IN LD, E/BD, CD

Special Education 462

A course to develop advanced diagnostic skills for elementary through secondary mild/moderate disabled (LD, ED, MR) individuals. 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.


3 Units

WORKING WITH PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & COMMUNITY AGENCIES

Special Education 466

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.


3 Units

PHASE 3 (edTPA Gateway) PORTFOLIO

Special Education 473

This course assists undergraduate teacher candidates with development of phase 3/edTPA gateway portfolio. Artifacts are constructed after teacher candidates have completed two field placements. The artifacts demonstrate competencies in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and Wisconsin Teaching Standard (WTS).


3 Units

LEGAL COMPLIANCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Special Education 475

Students will review laws governing the education of students with disabilities, learn specifics of individualized education program compliance and practice program writing and development that meet both the letter and intent of federal and state law. Students will also explore common areas of noncompliance and learn strategies to prevent noncompliance.


3 Units

CURRICULUM, METHODS & MATERIALS FOR THOSE WITH MULTI DISABILITIES

Special Education 476

For persons interested in acquiring specialized techniques and strategies in the care, instruction, programming, and management of individuals with physical, motor, medical, cognitive, 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. Emphasis is on functional skills.


3 Units

DIRECTED TEACHING/INTERNSHIP PRACTICA AND PHASE 4 SEMINAR

Special Education 480

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.


3 Units

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION I

Special Education 486

The course is about phonemic awareness, phonics, advanced word reading, and reading fluency for students who struggle to read and have disabilities. Through the use of research validated strategies in phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, spelling, and handwriting, the processes and skills children and adolescents engage in to read fluently are examined as well as similarities and differences in reading instruction in special and general education. Specifically, the difficulties encountered by students with language and learning differences are reviewed and "best practices" in teaching phonemic awareness, decoding/phonics, and spelling are emphasized through discussion, modelling, and demonstrating instructional strategies.


3 Units

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION II

Special Education 487

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.


1-10 Units

WORKSHOP

Special Education 490

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Special Education 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits in degree. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

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