2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

SPED - Special Education
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SPED 189Special Education Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SPED 283The Exceptional Child3.00
Introduction to special education. An overview of the various groupings of individuals with exceptionalities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are examined, focusing on etiology, identification, incidence, prevalence, treatment, services available, and educational implications. Mental, physical, behavioral, and sensorial exceptionalities are discussed. National, state, and local laws and policies impacting individuals with exceptionalities are examined. Historical perspectives, legislative and litigative history, models, theories, and philosophies that provide the basis for special education practice are also examined, as well as current legislation, regulations, policies, litigation, and ethical issues related to the provision of educational services for students with disabilities.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SPED 289Special Education Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SPED 355Interventions/Methods in Services in Special Education3.00
This class will take an overall look at the various methods of serving students with disabilities. The focus will be on Response to Intervention methodology, taking data in progress monitoring for a child with an IEP, and using some of the online tutorial services for students with disabilities. Beyond best practices for educators, students will explore the delivery models for special education services and begin to research the learning styles of students with disabilities.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SPED 283.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SPED 375Individual Educational Assessment and IEP Development3.00
This class will focus on assessment in three categories - through a Response to Intervention process for a student struggling a classroom, through standardized testing components used in today's schools, and through a customized package of assessments to determine a disability. Students will practice with each instrument and complete a diagnostic profile of a simulated student. The focus will be on writing a report in a fashion that many audiences will understand, especially parents.
Prerequisites:
Completion of SPED 283 is prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SPED 389Special Education Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SPED 481Seminars in Special Education0.50 - 4.00
Selected topics and issues in the area of special education. May be taken in several units provided a different topic or issue is studied each time.
SPED 488Methods in Special Education3.00
Special Education requires specific methods and protocols in order to meet federal and state requirements. This course assists students in learning the requirements and practicing the methods necessary for use in special education environments and as part of the IEP process.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SPED 489Special Education Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SPED 493Inclusive Management Strategies3.00
Study of behavior theories, inclusive strategies and programs, functional analysis of behavior, positive behavior interventions, strategies, and supports, RTI, and behavior intervention plans. Students learn how to apply concepts from behavior modification to inclusive settings. Students engage in a behavior-change project and learn how to use data to plan behavior intervention in inclusive settings. The course emphasizes the application of theory to the academic, social, emotional and behavioral development of school-age children, including those with exceptional educational needs. Attention also given to communication with parents, teachers, community members and other appropriate team members regarding behavior issues and plans.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SPED 495Methods of Adaptive Instruction3.00
Examines methods, strategies and materials for adapting curricula to meet the learning needs of students with mild to severe high incidence exceptional educational needs. Emphasizes knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to evaluate students' academic and social needs, research and design appropriate curricula, make modifications and adaptations throughout and across curricula, differentiate curriculum and instruction, and use research-based teaching strategies.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SPED 283.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SPED 496Practicum in Special Education3.00
40 hours of supervised field experience in an inclusive setting working with students who have exceptional needs. Emphasis is on implementation of best practices. Pass-Fail. Enrollment in this course requires permission of Special Education Coordinator.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for enrolling in this course is completion of SPED 283 and consent of Special Education Program Coordinator.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only