SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
SPD 535 EDUCATION OF INDIVIDUALS
WITH DISABILITIES. This course provides an introduction
to the strengths and needs of persons with disabilities, with
implications for identification and educational programming
for regular and special educators. Legislation and case law
addressing the rights of individuals with disabilities are
SPD 537 ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION.
This course addresses basic measurement principles, formal
and informal assessment, and the connection of assessment
to instruction. Students gain experience with diagnostic tools
for assessing achievement, social behavior, adaptive behavior,
language, and perceptual-motor skills.
SPD 538 PRACTICUM AND METHODS IN
SPECIAL EDUCATION. Students gain direct experience in
the use of curriculum, methods, and materials for learners
with special needs. Additional topics include assessment,
modifications, adaptations, learning strategies, direct instruction
SPD 562 STUDY OF COGNITIVE AND LOW
INCIDENCE DISABILITIES. This course is designed to provide
an in-depth study of the strengths and needs of persons with
mental retardation and other low-incidence disabilities. Topics
addressed include etiology, family partnerships, educational
needs, inclusive programs, and transition issues across the
SPD 567 SEMINAR IN LEARNING DISABILITIES.
A study is made of the research findings for persons with
learning disabilities and other mild-to-moderate needs. History,
theories, educational practices, social issues, and lifespan
needs also are addressed.
SPD 568 TEACHING METHODS FOR LEARNERS
WITH MILD TO MODERATE DISABILITIES. Course content centers
upon a rationale for instruction of students with learning
disabilities and presents a variety of methods, materials,
and instructional strategies for students with learning disabilities.
SPD 587 WORKSHOP IN EDUCATION. The
topic(s) included will vary with academic program and semester
SPD 631 A STUDY OF BEHAVIOR DISORDERS
IN CHILDREN. This course will focus on theories, characteristics,
and treatment of mild, moderate, and severe behavioral disorders
in children. Issues involving definition, classification and
remediation of such disorders as aggression, autism, depression,
and delinquency will be covered.
SPD 637 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND
PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. Practical techniques
for managing student behavior and for facilitating parent
involvement in the education of exceptional students will
be presented. Classroom management techniques for various
disruptive, withdrawn, and deficient behaviors will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: SPD 535.
SPD 677 ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN
AND LOW-INCIDENCE POPULATIONS. This course provides instructional
and practice in administration, scoring, interpretation, and
reporting results of individual tests and assessments for
young children, individuals with mental retardation, and persons
with low-incidence disabilities. Informal techniques such
as play-based assessment, portfolio assessment, and contextual
assessment are presented. Prerequisites: SPD
537, PSY 595
SPD 678 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION.
This course prepares students for the role of the educational
diagnostician. Topics addressed include special education
law, consultation and collaboration, second language learners
with special needs, and research-based "best practices"
in special education. Prerequisite: SPD
677, SPD 537, PSY
SPD 679 PRACTICUM FOR EDUCATIONAL
DIAGNOSTICIANS. This course provides a field-based practicum
under the direction of a certified educational diagnostician.
It is designed to provide intensive study in the role of the
educational diagnostician. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.