SPED - Special Education

SPED 601 Assessment in School Settings

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Formal and informal assessment; state assessment and alternatives; techniques used with students with disabilities; using data to make educational decisions.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification; approval of department head; approval of instructor.

SPED 602 Ethics and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Focus on ethical and professional conduct required for special educators and behavior analysts; information required for certified behavior analysts; ethics required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board; highly relevant for those working with children or adults with disabilities in any capacity.
Prerequisite(s): approval of department head; graduate classification.

SPED 603 Foundations of Special Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Build a knowledge base to understand the historical and conceptual foundations of special education; familiarization with special education literature; overview of current issues and trends impacting special education.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor; approval of department head.

SPED 609 Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of the incidence, prevalence, and characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, particularly for teachers, counselors, and related fields; research and best practices in assessment, treatment, and education; includes treatment of social, communication, academic, and behavior deficits with emphasis on behavior analysis.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

SPED 610 Special Education and the Family

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of issues in special education interpreted within the context of the family; relationships among the school, the families, and the community; impact of relationships on service provisions; field experiences working with families with special needs.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

SPED 611 Multicultural Special Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Multicultural perspectives in special education; foundations of multicultural special education; cultural responsive teaching; methods for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners in special education.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

SPED 612 Special Education Law and Policy

Credits 3. 7 Lab Hours.

Legal development of the discipline of special education; current requirements for providing free and appropriate education to students with disabilities; assessment and performance of research with legal information.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

SPED 614 Issues in Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Psychological, social, physical and cognitive aspects of moderate to severe disabilities; service delivery systems; biomedical issues community programming; transition programming; adult service program; programs for the elderly; all in relation to individuals with moderate to severe disabilities.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

SPED 615 Special Education Assessment: Technical and Legal Aspects

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Teaches skills to critically examine assessment tools and procedures in special education; technical and legal issues in pre-referral evaluation, eligibility assessment, IEP writing and program evaluation; emphasizes test validity and test sensitivity to growth; mastery of knowledge base and realistic scenarios.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor; approval of department head.

SPED 617 Adolescent Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Research-based strategies to teach reading and writing to 4th through 12th grade students with disabilities and other diverse instructional needs; emphasis on current issues, assessment, motivation, intervention, and content area issues and strategies.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

SPED 618 Induction and Preparation for the Special Education Professoriate

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Orientation to full-time doctoral studies; understanding historical and contemporary issues in the field of special education; familiarization with special education literature and systematic reviews of research literature.
Prerequisite: Admission into special education doctoral program.

SPED 619 Critical Research and Practice Issues in Special Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the historical, conceptual/theoretical and empirical basis of special education research and practice; understanding special education as a field and specific areas for in-depth knowledge.
Prerequisite: Admission into special education doctoral program.

SPED 620 Bilingual Special Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics concerning bilingual special education will be covered including history of the field; language acquisition and assessment; general assessment, individual education plans (IEPs); curriculum development; mainstreaming; consultation services; and parental involvement.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

SPED 621 Overview of Exceptional Students

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of historical foundations for special education practice; definitions of disabilities, relevant educational characteristics of students with disabilities; assessment procedures associated with the identification of students' disabilities; intervention procedures related to education of students with disabilities.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

SPED 623 Self-Determination and Advocacy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Conceptualization and theoretical framework of self-determination for students with disabilities; the role of self-determination in improving student outcomes; and best practices in promoting self-determination among students with disabilities.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification.

SPED 624 Professional Development in Research

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Development and refinement of skills needed to be productive scholars with particular focus on disseminating research through manuscript preparation and conference presentations.
Prerequisites: SPED 618; SPED 619; Graduate classification; approval of department head.

SPED 626 Meta-Analysis in Single-case Research

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Steps of conducting a meta-analysis of single-case research studies.
Prerequisites: Doctoral classification; approval of instructor.

SPED 628 Consultation in Special Education

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Rationale, strategies, procedures and resources for providing consultation as systematic problem-solving to school procedures, and resources for improving services for children with disabilities, and those who are at-risk of school failure.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

SPED 630 Early Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Research-based strategies to teach beginning reading and writing to pre-K through 4th grade students with disabilities and other diverse instructional needs; emphasis on current issues, assessment, prevention, and intervention.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

SPED 632 Transition from School to Work

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Current issues and practices related to the transition of students from school to work; partnerships with business and industry; secondary and postsecondary education linkages; work-based training.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

SPED 641 Low-Incidence Instruction for Individuals with Significant Support Needs

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of how particular types of low-incidence disabilities; including mental retardation, autism, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, deafness, blindness, multiple disabilities, and other health impairments, affect academic and job performance. Current methods for teaching individuals with low-incidence disabilities, including an overview of Adaptive/Assistive Technology (AT) solutions.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

SPED 642 Program Development for Students with Behavior Problems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Field-based course relating to effective management of challenging and severe behavior problems in the classroom using proactive strategies; effective instruction and planned behavioral interventions; methods for observing, assessing and analyzing challenging and severe behaviors; includes a 20-hour field based component.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

SPED 683 Field Practicum

Credits 1 to 15. 1 to 15 Other Hours.

Faculty supervised experience in professional practice settings in Special Education. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department head.

SPED 684 Professional Internship.

Credits 1 to 6. 1 to 6 Other Hours.

Supervised experience in professional functions appropriate to career goals in special education.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department head.

SPED 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 6. 1 to 6 Other Hours.

Directed individual study of selected problems in special education.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department head.

SPED 689 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of special education. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

SPED 699 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Rigorous repertoire of knowledge and skill in behavior analysis; comprehensive and contemporary description of applied behavior analysis; application of principles and paradigms of theoretical and experimental aspects of behavior.
Prerequisites: SEFB 618 and graduate classification.