Special Education options

SPED 6125. Managing Students with Behavioral Problems (3-0-3) Prerequisite: 5205G. This course examines the principles of behavior management as related to academic and nonacademic behaviors of learners with disabilities. General and specific methods for generating, strengthening, and maintaining desirable behavior and methods for weakening behavior are presented.

SPED 6189. Nature and Characteristics of Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (3-0-3) This course is intended to provide a study of the characteristics and needs of children, youth, and adults with mild and moderate disabilities, including the history, current laws, and identification procedures, eligibility requirements, educational issues, theoretical framework, specific program models and strategies. The social, psychological, and educational implications of mild and moderate disabilities as well as the historical and political perspectives will be included.

SPED 6265. Advanced Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth (2-2-3) The emphasis of this course is on basic psychometric concepts related to theory and interpretation of test results and psychological reports. Special attention is given to the diagnosis of students based upon psychometric data. The selection of remedial education programs related to these test results as well as recent issues in testing are discussed. This course emphasizes the selection of standardized test batteries and norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment techniques. (Course fee required.)

SPED 6269. Assistive Technology for Exceptional Learners (2-0-2) This course is designed to provide specific information, exposure, and experience related to a variety of ways that current and emerging technology may be used to improve the education and lives of learners with disabilities. (Course fee required.)

SPED 6295. Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (2-2-3) A study of the application of research validated practices in the areas of educational placement, instructional and transitional planning, data management and materials utilization for students of school age who require intermittent and limited supports beyond those provided by regular education. (Course fee required.)

SPED 6419. Practicum in Mild and Moderate Disabilities (0-6-3) This final field experience is open only for special education graduate students who have completed all of their special education endorsement requirements. It will consist of full-time intern teaching in an appropriate educational setting, serving students with mild and moderate disabilities. Students will participate in all phases of the school program to which they are assigned. (S/U graded) (Course fee required.)

SPED 6796. Trends and Issues in Special Education (3-0-3) This course is designed to provide in-depth exploration of current issues in the field of special education and in the various specific areas of exceptionality. Issues relating to the interface of general and special education will also be explored. Using skills acquired in SPED 6786, students will be expected to review, evaluate, and present information on the various topics considered.