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 identifi cation 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
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, modifi cations, adaptations, learning
strategies, direct instruction and collaboration.
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 lifespan.
SPD 567 SEMINAR IN LEARNING AND LEARNING DISABILITIES. This course
presents a study of the research and professional literature concerning persons with
learning disabilities and other mild-to-moderate special needs. History, theories, learning
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 mild to moderate disabilities and presents a variety of methods, materials, and
SPD 587 WORKSHOP IN EDUCATION. The topic(s) included will vary with academic
program and semester offered.
SPD 595 INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT OF COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING/ WESCHSLER
SCALES. This course is designed to acquaint students with the theory, problems,
ethical standards, and techniques of administering individual tests of intelligence.
Specifi cally, each student will learn to administer, score, and interpret the latest edition
of the WISC, WAIS, and the WPPSI.
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 and youth. Issues involving defi nition, classifi cation and
intervention for remediation of such disorders as aggression, autism, depression, and
delinquency will be covered.
*SPD 637 BEHAVIOR CHANGE AND SYSTEM SUPPORT. Practical techniques for
managing student behavior and for facilitating parent involvement in the education of
students with disabilities will be presented. Classroom management techniques for
challenging and socially inappropriate behaviors will be emphasized. Prerequisite:
SPD 677 ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN AND LOW-INCIDENCE POPULATIONS. This course provides instruction 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, SPD 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 595
SPD 679 PRACTICUM FOR EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSTICIANS. This course provides
a fi eld-based practicum under the direction of a certifi ed educational diagnostician.
It is designed to provide intensive study in the role of the educational diagnostician.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
* Subject to action by the Board of Regents, the Texas State University System and/or the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board. Course title effective with the fall 2006 semester. For
previous course titles, please reference the 2003-2005 graduate catalog.