Undergraduate Special Education
2022 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 a wide range of disabilities, including the psychological, physiological, and educational problems that confront persons with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, gifts and talents, emotional or behavioral disorders, autism, speech impairments, auditory impairments, visual impairments, and orthopedic and neurological impairments. The course provides a foundation for interacting with individuals throughout the lifespan and addresses how the referral/placement processes can discriminate against marginalized populations or facilitate inclusion.
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 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.
CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS FOR AUTISM AND NEURODIVERSITY
This course offers an overview of characteristics, theory, and teaching applications for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and neurodiverse students. Discussion includes the major theories, teaching approaches, trends, etiological and diagnostic issues, classroom structure and environmental arrangement, research based instructional strategies, and family involvement.
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.
ADVANCED BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
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.
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.
LEGAL COMPLIANCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
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.