Introduction to Research
EDU 6413

A study of the many types of research methods applicable to the several academic disciplines, including techniques for the interpretation, the reporting, and the presentation of research

Special Education Law
SPE 6313

This course is designed to provide an overview of the legal rights of students and their families in the field of special education for teachers, administrators and related personnel who are impacted by special education.  In-depth review of federal and state special education statutes, regulations, procedures and case law will be provided.  The central focus of the class is on IDEA Reauthorization of 2004 with additional federal laws to be discussed which include:  the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Section 504 and the American with Disabilities Act.   Students will be introduced to the legal process through lecture, presentations, projects and discussions. 

Behavior Management
SPE 6323

This course will introduce the student to models, methods and materials for the framework essential to the development of positive behavior supports and self-management outcomes for students with special needs.  The course will build on current theory and research with an emphasis in assessment and monitoring techniques, behavioral, instructional and family involvement strategies.  The foundation for an appropriate Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan will be examined and developed by the candidate for  focusing on skills to manage behaviors that are counterproductive to learning in the classroom; by teaching pro-social interpersonal behaviors to facilitate successful functioning and society; by structuring the classroom environment for both academic and social behaviors to produce appropriate behavior for the student with special needs.

Assessment and Programming
SPE 5403

This course is designed to provide teachers and other related service providers an understanding of the processes and terminology used in assessment of students with special needs. The content will focus on evaluating students, analyzing and interpreting the data obtained from  various assessment instruments  to design and plan programs to meet the needs of the special education child.  Academic, affective, work-study, adaptive functioning, fine motor and environmental measures will be covered in the assessment model.   Emphasis will be on the importance of the benefits for gathering accurate information; for tailoring assessment to a specific purpose; for recognizing reliability and validity; for obtaining age and linguistically appropriate measures; for sharing and collaborating with all stakeholders to improve the quality of special education programs.   

Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Special Education
SPE 6353

The focus of this course includes the examination of various program models and curricula designed for infants and toddlers, as well as those students receiving early childhood special education services (ages 0-8). Special attention is given to the role of the parent, skills required in working with parents and professionals, components of individual education plans (IEP’s) and individual service plans (IFSP’s), and specific medical conditions which may be encountered in the programming for these children.

Advanced Methods of Instructing Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities
SPE 5393

This course is designed to provide an intensive study in the curriculum methods, techniques and materials that have been developed specifically for those students with severe to profound disabilities. Students will develop a thematic unit that focus on age appropriate curriculum instruction as well as methods and approaches for successful inclusion within the general education program

Advanced Methods of Instructing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPE 5103

This course provides a series of experiences in which the candidate designs, implements, and evaluates appropriate individualized instructional programs for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPE 5213

The course is an examination of the psychological, physiological, social, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By the end of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to: The definition and characteristics of learners with autism spectrum disorders; causes and prevalence of autism; assessment and education placement options for individuals who are considered in need of special education services; and intervention.

Practicum in Teaching Students with Disabilities (B-5)
SPE 6413

An intensive practicum experience in which the graduate candidate is responsible for all aspects of instruction in the learning environments for the  full range of ages, types and levels of abilities, and collaborative opportunities of young learners from birth to age 5.

Practicum in Teaching Students with Disabilities (K-4)
SPE 6423

This course provides an intensive practicum experience in which the graduate candidate is responsible for all aspects of teaching a classroom for the full range of ages, types and levels of abilities, and collaborative opportunities that the graduate candidate is seeking licensure for.

Practicum in Teaching Students with Disabilities (4-12)
SPE 6436

 This course serves as a culminating activity and experience based on the sequential application of knowledge and skills developed in previous courses.  This practicum experience is designed to provide the university student with opportunities to be an active participant in the actual school environment.  These experiences are to also  include parental involvement and opportunities to apply pedagogical appropriate techniques and strategies in various teaching and learning environments with students who have disabilities

Research Problems
SPE 6273

This course is designed as an action research class which represents a culminating study in the field of special education.  Issues, problems and trends in special education will be presented by individual student’s intensive research-based study of those key components affecting the teachers, students and families in today’s educational process.  The necessary background to enter the field as an informed and purposeful practitioner and professional will be addressed by reviewing essential questions such as why one should keep current about issues and trends and what will the future needs of special look like.  The main component for the course will include:

1.            Current issues and trends have a direct impact on professional practice

2.            A special educator must be an advocate for and respond to a variety of constituents only when well- informed and able to translate the impact of current issues and trends on their practice

3.            Issues and trends in the field affect and shape a personal philosophy of teaching

Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention
SPE 6493

This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to deliver specialized services to children and their families. A major focus of the course is the effective use of appropriate screening and evaluation tools to select and deliver research-based interventions that match the strengths and needs of children while respecting the capacities, cultural values, and beliefs of their families. The course will explore various collaborative and interdisciplinary models of service delivery. Candidates will demonstrate that they are capable of delivering family-centered and culturally competent approaches to assessment and intervention.

Advanced Child & Adolescent Development
EDU 6663

This course is intended to actively involve candidates in an intensive study of the developmental traits of children and adolescents that enhance and strengthen the impact of educational practices in the lives of students.