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Introduction to basic concepts related to the education of exceptional learners. Historical factors, legislative statutes, and instructional models.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 310, SPED 362, SPED 407, SPED 414, SPED 415, SPED 415A, SPED 454, SPED 820
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
The role of general education teachers in the primary purposes of assessment of learners with diverse needs. Knowledge and experience with interpreting norm-referenced test information as related to planning educational programs. Use of assessment information for instructional planning and evaluation. Testing accommodations and classroom grading.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 406, SPED 406A, SPED 415
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs: SPED 201.
Conceptual foundations, strategies and techniques for communicating effectively with educational personnel and parents. Roles of educational personnel in inclusive settings, pragmatic issues involved in designing and implementing collaborative efforts, techniques for increasing interpersonal problem solving, modes of communication, and skills for dealing with conflict and resistance.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: SPED 201; parallel SPED 496Y; CYAF 374 or 474 or parallel; admission to the Inclusive Early Childhood Education major (IECE) or permission of instructor and/or adviser.
Teaching and caring for children under age five with specific disabilities. Design of Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) and strategies for teaching and learning in natural, child-interest routines and activities in classroom settings.
This course is a prerequisite for: CYAF 497A
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture , Quiz
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 397
Professional Practicum Experience III Crosslisted as EDPS 397, TEAC 397
Prereqs: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Guided observations and/or clinical experiences in schools and/or agencies offering programs for children and/or youth. A. Elementary Level (1-10 cr) An accompanying seminar is included where the professional role of the teacher is discussed. D. Unified Primary K-3 (EDPS, SPED 397D) (1-10 cr) I. Secondary Art (1-10 cr) J. Secondary Business Education (1-10 cr) L. Information Technology (1-10 cr) M. Secondary Industrial Education (1-10 cr) N. Secondary Language Arts (1-10 cr) O. Secondary Marketing Education (1-10 cr) P. Secondary Mathematics (1-10 cr) Q. Middle Level (1-10 cr) An accompanying seminar is included where the professional role of the teacher is discussed. R. Secondary Modern Languages (1-10 cr) V. Secondary Science (1-10 cr) W. Secondary Social Science (1-10 cr)
Credit Hours: 1-10
Max credits per degree: 10
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 397A
Professional Practicum Experience III Elementary Crosslisted as EDPS 397A, TEAC 397A
Prereqs: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
An accompanying seminar is included where the professional role of the teacher is discussed.
Guided observations and/or clinical experiences in schools and/or agencies offering programs for children and/or youth.
Credit Hours: 1-10
Max credits per degree: 10
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 397D
Professional Practicum Experience III Unified Primary K-3 Crosslisted as EDPS 397D, TEAC 397D
Prereqs: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Guided observations and/or clinical experiences in schools and/or agencies offering programs for children and/or youth.
Credit Hours: 1-10
Max credits per degree: 10
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 397M
Prereqs: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Guided observations and/or clinical experiences in schools and/or agencies offering programs for children and/or youth.
Credit Hours: 1-10
Max credits per degree: 10
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDPS 362; one methods course; or permission.
Legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individual Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the elementary school.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDPS 362; one methods course; or permission.
Legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individual Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the secondary school.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 403 is 'Pass/No Pass only'.
Concepts, instructional strategies, and attitudes related to the education of exceptional learners. Peer- and instructor-generated topics that are relevant to the student teaching experience.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs: Parallel SPED 405A/805A.
Direct, systematic, multi-sensory techniques for teaching reading, writing and spelling to students who have severe reading problems.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
SPED 405A/805A requires two hours per week in a Reading Center.
Teaching and/or tutoring experience evaluating and instructing students with reading problems in a Reading Center. Assessment, lesson planning and teaching using direct instruction, code-based instructional strategies.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 405
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per semester: 3
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 406/806
Prereqs: SPED 212/812, and (TEAC 441 required for undergraduate students only). Parallel SPED 406A/806A.
Theory and techniques for assessing and teaching word identification, vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills in grades 7 to 12.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 406A
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 406A/806A
Reading Center Practicum II Crosslisted as TEAC 806A
Prereqs: SPED 400/800, 212/812, and (TEAC 441 required for undergraduate students only). Taken parallel with SPED 406/806.
SPED 406A/806A requires two hours per week in a Reading Center.
Teaching and/or tutoring experience evaluating and instructing students with reading problems in a Reading Center. Assessment, instructional planning, delivery of instruction, writing diagnostic reports and parent communication.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 406
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: SPED 201
Information about the mildly/moderately disabled secondary-level student; including characteristics, assessment, models for programs, social skill training, behavior management, working with parents, and curriculum modification.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 408
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Special Education Professional Semester and SPED 407.
Issues in secondary education for students with mild disabilities based on current literature and needs of individual students.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Sophomore standing; SPED 201 and 454.
Instructional methods and accommodations for special education and general education teachers necessary to work successfully with students with disabilities or who are at-risk for academic failure. Curriculum modification, classroom management, strategy instruction, and instructional modifications for content areas.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 415
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs: SPED 201, TEAC 311, TEAC 313 for elementary education majors; SPED 201, SPED 212, and SPED 414 (or equivalent) for SPED majors.  Must be taken with: SPED 415A/815A.
For SPED 415 - Priority will be given to students who will be student teaching the following semester.
Theory and techniques for assessing and teaching early literacy skills in small groups and one-on-one for children who struggle with literacy.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 415A
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Prereq: SPED 201, TEAC 311, 313 for elementary education majors; SPED 201, 412, and 414 (or equivalent) for SPED majors. Must be taken with: SPED 415/815.
For SPED 415 students: Priority will be given to student who will be student teaching the following semester.
This reading and writing practiucm is taken at the same time as SpEd 415 or SpEd 815
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 415
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
A foundational course emphasizing the characteristics and identification of special needs learners in vocational settings. Determines needs, interests, and abilities of these students.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 436
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: SPED 434/834 or permission.
Philosophical and practical base of career education as it relates to special needs students. Career education units developed for infusion into subject areas.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
These courses may not be taken concurrently with SPED 454, they must be completed prior to taking SPED 454.
Strategies and techniques for the management of challenging behaviors displayed by school-age children. Reciprocal nature of human behavior and environment. Functional analyses of behavior problems, strategies for preventing behavior problems, techniques for increasing prosocial behavior, non-aversive procedures for decreasing problematic behavior, and methods for teaching children self-management.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 414, SPED 824, SPED 824A
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Sped 201, CYAF 271 and admission to the Inclusive Early Childhood Education major; prefer CYAF 380 completed or taken simultaneously
Overview of etiology, characteristics and developmental implications of selected conditions related to developmental disabilities. Design and delivery of Individualized Family Service Plans through routine-based interviews, observation of chidren in natural learning environments, activity/routine-based intervention and supports an home-visiting services.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Education of the hearing and vision impaired including history of, professional roles in, and educational programming within this field. Social/psychological theories as related to the vision hearing impaired. Patterns of social/emotional development, psychological characteristics, issues of family stress and social adaptation and discussion of counseling techniques.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Concepts related to history, definitions, identification, etiology, and assessment of students with intellectual impairments and developmental disabilities. Examine attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes concerning persons with intellectual impairments and other developmental disabilities. Instructional methods, adaptations and teaming to provide individualized interventions and include students in least restrictive environments/general education settings. Applied assignments will be conducted in field experience and student teaching.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 881
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
SPED 490
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per semester: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 493
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per semester: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Prior arrangements with faculty member and permission.
Special research or reading project under direction of a staff member in the department.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission. For SPED 896 - Admission to Graduate Degree or Certificate program in Special Education or by permission of instructor.
Pass/No Pass only for SPED 496 section.  SPED 896 is graded.
E. Field Experience: General Special Education (1-6 cr, max 12) M. Field Experience: Mild/Moderate (1-6 cr, max 12) Y. Field Experience: Inclusion (1-6 cr, max 12)
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 12
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
Pass/No Pass only for SPED 496 section.  SPED 896 is graded.
This course has no description.
This course is a prerequisite for: SPED 362
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 12
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission by application only.
SPED 497M is 'Pass/No Pass only'.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3-12
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Field 40
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Completion of all courses and pre-student teaching practica in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education major.
Final supervised field experience in the public schools with young children who have disabilities under age 5.  Minimum 10 weeks, full-time placement.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 5
Course Format: Field 35
Course Delivery: Classroom
SPED 499H
Prereqs: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom

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