Undergraduate Special Education
2018 Summer Term
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DISABILITY IN SOCIETY (DV)(GI)
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.
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
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.
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.
EDUCATIONAL-DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT IN LD, E/BD, ID
A course designed to develop advanced diagnostic skills for elementary/secondary students with mild/moderate disabilities (LD, ED, ID). 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/trends are discussed.
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.