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SPED 2255. Communication Arts and Language Development for Children with Disabilities (2-2-3) Prerequisites: admission to Teacher Education. The interrelationships among strategies and concepts for the teaching of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Language development and the impact of disabilities on the acquisition of language and communication. Modifications and effective teaching strategies in communication arts and language for children and youth with disabilities. Field experience required. (Course fee required)


SPED 3215. Assessment and Prescription in Special Education (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. The major focus of this course is understanding the relevance of assessment and prescription to the teaching of learners with disabilities.


SPED 3225. Teaching Mathematics in Special Education (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or departmental approval. Basic mathematical concepts including program development, methods, materials, and appropriate educational strategies and procedures for use with children and disabilities. Field experience required. (Course fee required.)


SPED 3275. Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or departmental approval. This course deals with methods of managing classroom behavior and dealing with specific behavior problems. Classroom management strategies will be discussed and related to the establishment of a positive classroom climate. Diagnostic and prescriptive techniques will be applied to problems of aggression, conduct, withdrawal, hyperactivity, and distractibility.


SPED 4105. Technological Adaptation for Exceptional Learners (3-0-3) This course is designed to provide specific information, exposure, and experience related to a variety of ways that current and emerging technologies may be used to improve the education and lives of learners with disabilities. (Course fee required.)


SPED 4136. Policies and Procedures in Special Education (3-0-3) Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; Co-requisite: SPED 4408. A study of policies and procedures in special education, including federal and state regulations, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development, program planning, and transition services.


SPED 4216. Teaching Social Studies and Science to Exceptional Learners (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Historical and theoretical perspectives of teaching social studies and science to exceptional learners. Curriculum concepts, lesson planning and implementation, evaluation, strategies, materials, resources, and accommodations for effective social studies and science instruction with exceptional learners. Special emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, diversity, inquiry learning, and collaboration across the disciplines. Field experience required. (Course fee required.)


SPED 4225. Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. This course will provide an introduction to collaboration and communication skills needed by special educators as they work with other professions and parents.


SPED 4245. Methods and Materials for Teaching Children with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Co-requisite: SPED 4407. Educational implications of mild and moderate disabilities, including accommodations for successful participation in the general education classroom and curriculum. Use of assessment in programming, curriculum, and instructional decisions for individuals with mild and moderate disabilities. Collaborative partnerships with professionals, families, and community agencies. Analysis and implementation of best instructional practices, strategies, methods, materials, and resources. Interventions for improving social, academic, learning, and behavioral skills of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities.


SPED 4407. Teaching Practicum in Mild and Moderate Disabilities (0-4-2) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Co-requisite: SPED 4245. Practical, hands-on experiences working with individuals who have mild and moderate disabilities. Special focus on the educational programming of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities, including best practices in instructional planning, implementation, and evaluation. Use of appropriate methods, materials, resources, and accommodations for individuals with mild and moderate disabilities within various school and community-based settings. (S/U Grading). (Course fee required.)


SPED 4408. Program Practicum in Special Education (0-4-2) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Co-requisite: SPED 4136. Guided field experience in schools serving students with disabilities. In-depth study of the implementation of special education policies and procedures.


EDRG 3215. Teaching Children to Read (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Provides students with a fundamental framework in teaching reading - topics include terminology, theories, emergent literacy, phonemic awareness, word recognition, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies and skills. Action based research project in partnership with Muscogee County School District. Course is based on Evidence Based Reading Research. (Course fee required.)


EDRG 4219. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading Instruction (3-2-4) Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education and EDRG 3215 with a grade C or better. Analysis and remediation of diagnosed reading strengths and weaknesses using informal assessment instruments and techniques. Required field component is part of the course. (Course fee required.)


EDRG 5115. Word Perception and Vocabulary Development in Grades 4-12 (4-0-4) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or graduate program. Provides an overview of language development and frameworks for teaching word recognition, structure, and usage skills in middle and secondary grades.


EDRG 5217. Teaching Reading and Writing in Grades 4-12 (3-2-4) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. An examination of specific reading and writing-to-learn models and strategies appropriate for use in middle and secondary content classes. Field component involves individual and small group instruction. (Course fee required.)


EDUF 4205. Technology for the 21st Century Classroom (1-2-2) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in an approved course with field placement in a p-12 classroom. This course immerses teacher candidates in a technology-rich learning environment designed to build teacher skills in the following areas: use of modern technology, integration of Georgia Performance Standards, new designs for teaching and learning, classroom management and enhanced pedagogical practice. (S/U grading) (Course fee required.)