Special Education options

SPED 6785. Acquisition and Analysis of Special Education Information (3-0-3) This course is designed to provide an introduction to information processing techniques in special education. The course will present an information processing model emphasizing the initial components of that model, namely methods and techniques for locating, accessing, organizing and manipulating text and media source material as well as field-based information. Students will apply the model by analyzing information needs, accessing materials, and organizing information related to current issues and tends in the field of special education.

SPED 6786. Special Educator as User and Disseminator of Information (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPED 6785. This course is designed to prepare the Special Educator to use information to form judgments, make decisions, substantiate positions, persuade others, and/or to demonstrate and explain to others. The process will be directly related to a variety of Special Education problems and/or issues identified with students' professional context. Students will learn to apply the processes through demonstration, guided instruction, small group activities, individual assignments, and class projects. Special Education content domains targeted by this course include parent relations, collaboration, community resources, advocacy, interdisciplinary concerns, classroom instruction, and in-service training.