Courses in Elementary Special Education

SPE 250. Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners. This course is designed to introduce all categories of disability. Specific attention will be given to the potential cognitive, physical, social, behavioral, and language differences in children with disabilities. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, case study discussions, and student presentations.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. 3 credits.

SPE 255. Special Education Processes and Procedures. This course will begin with a historical overview of the field of special education, including key legislation and litigation that drives current practice. Assessment tools for diagnosing disability will be introduced, as well as assessment tools for documenting student progress. In addition, collaboration and communication skills essential for working as a part of the special education team will be practiced and further developed. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, field experiences, and hands-on experience with various assessments.  3 credits.

SPE 258. Effective Instructional and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Disabilities. The focus of this course content will be on (a) behavioral principles and their application in the classroom, (b) literacy development and literacy interventions for students with disabilities, and (c) evidence-based instructional strategies in other content areas, such as mathematics, social studies, science, and the creative arts. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, case study applications, field experiences, hands-on experience with various literacy programs, and student presentations.  Prerequisite: Restricted to Music majors and transfer students. 3 credits.

SPE 260. Evidenced Based Effective Instruction in Educating Students Identified with a High Incidence Disability. This course is designed to provide in-depth study of the high incidence disabilities (i.e., specific learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, and other health impairments). Specific attention will be given to the etiologies of various diagnoses, their prevalence, and their characteristics. Students will be prepared to offer special education using a least restrictive environment-school wide delivery model. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, case study discussions, research papers, and text analysis.  Prerequisites: EDU 140, permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

SPE 263. Intensive Math and Content Area Intervention Approaches. This course is designed to provide in-depth study of the high incidence disabilities (i.e., specific learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, and other health impairments). Specific attention will be given to the etiologies of various diagnoses, their prevalence, and their characteristics. Students will be prepared to offer special education using a least restrictive environment-school wide delivery model. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, case study discussions, research papers, and text analysis.  Prerequisites: EDU 140, permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

SPE 266. Evidenced Based Effective Instruction in Intervention Approaches Educating Students Identified With a Low Incidence Disability. This course is designed to provide in-depth study of the low incidence disabilities (i.e., autism, developmental delay, multiple disabilities, deaf-blindness, visual impairments, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injury). Specific attention will be given to the etiologies and medical aspects of these diagnoses, their prevalence, and their characteristics. Instructional planning and assessment of student progress for these populations will be emphasized. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, case study discussions, research papers, and text analysis.  Prerequisites: EDU 140, permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

SPE 269. Positive Behavioral Supports - Evidence Based Behavioral Intervention and Prevention. This course will begin with study of behavior theories and researchers, as well as principles of applied behavior analysis. Students will learn how to use functional assessment of student behavior to hypothesize the functions of behavior and to plan appropriate and positive interventions. Students will learn how to measure and record behavioral data. Focus will be on prevention of problem behavior as well as how to manage challenging behaviors, both from a classroom and a school wide perspective. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: lecture, case study applications, field experiences, lesson plans, and research papers.  3 credits.

SPE 360. Intensive Language Arts Intervention Approaches. The focus of this course content will be on intensive language arts interventions for those students with disabilities who need systematic, direct instruction in order to become competent readers and writers. A variety of literacy programs will be examined, as well as language arts strategies and approaches which have been found effective for struggling readers. The requirements for a writing process course will be fulfilled through a case study paper and a research paper. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: case study papers, research papers, student presentations, simulations, field experiences, hands-on experience with various literacy programs, and lesson plans.  Prerequisites: EDU 140, permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

SPE 363. Assessment in Special Education. This course will involve an in-depth examination of assessment, to include: universal screenings, diagnostic assessments to diagnose disabilities, authentic assessments, and benchmark, formative, and summative tools. Students will practice administering and scoring various assessments. They will analyze student progress data and use that data for writing IEP goals and for instructional planning. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: text analysis, field experiences, case study analyses, and hands-on experience with various assessments.  Prerequisites: EDU 140, permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

SPE 366. Collaboration and Communication - Advocacy, Leadership, and Ethical Practice. This course will begin with an examination of the professional and ethical standards expected of both general and special educators. Review of special education legislation and litigation will be conducted as it relates to safeguarding student health and welfare and in order that special education certifiers will have the knowledge to effectively advocate on behalf of their students with disabilities. In addition, collaboration and communication skills will be practiced and further developed through co-teaching opportunities and participation on special education teams. Delivery approach will include, but not be limited to: field experiences, class discussions, simulations, and reflective writing.  Prerequisites: EDU 140, permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

SPE 441. ECE Special Education Student Teaching. Each ECE/SPE dual major will spend eight weeks in a stand-alone special education environment in an area school under the supervision of a carefully selected cooperating teacher. Open to seniors or students who are seeking certification only.  6 credits.