2019-21 Graduate Catalog Course Descriptions

SPED - Special Education
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SPED 681Seminars 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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SPED 704Assessment of Learners with Exceptionalities3.00
Addresses the study of measurement theory and basic statistics needed for understanding assessment for the purposes of eligibility for services within special education. Also focuses on general test construction, appropriate instrument selection with awareness of limitations, multicultural, and ethical considerations. Assessment interpretation and IEP preparation is examined in depth. Students experience the administration, interpretation and reporting of a select sample of assessment tools
SPED 710Neurocognition3.00
This course provides a survey of current research in cognitive neuroscience on language, memory, learning, perception and other higher cognitive functions. Neurocognition involves learning about the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, along with some coverage of the endocrine system. Presentation of course material is based on typical and atypical development and functioning. Illustrative pathological development and atypical conditions are reviewed as well, such as developmental dyslexia, autistic disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
SPED 750The Exceptional Learner3.00
Students research the various federally identified disability groupings of exceptionalities including examination of the effect of federal, state, and local laws and policies on education for students with these exceptionalities. Historical perspectives, legislation and litigation provide background for discussion of current models, theories and philosophies of special education today. Students complete an analysis related to current legislation, regulations, policies and/or ethical issues surrounding educational services for students with exceptionalities. The focus of this class will be through the legal lens focusing on current laws, policies, and practices in the field.
SPED 755Reading-Issues & Interventions3.00
Investigate the various aspects of reading challenges so that educators can provide effective reading instruction to readers of various abilities. Strategies for diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties at the elementary and secondary levels will be considered. Fieldwork with students who struggle in reading will be required.
SPED 756Increasing the Rigor in Reading Instruction for Diverse Learners3.00
Deep study of the use of informational text to support reading comprehension so that educators can provide effective reading instruction to readers of various abilities. Strategies for raising the rigor in reading and writing will be explored at the elementary and secondary level. Fieldwork with students who struggle in reading will be required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SPED 758Methods of Adaptive Instruction3.00
Students observe, research and reflect upon 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 curricular, differentiate curriculum and instruction, and use research-based teaching strategies. Students modify an existing curricular element and practice the modification with one or more students in the field.
SPED 760Behavior Analysis and Intervention3.00
Students research and discuss behavior theories, strategies and programs, functional analysis of behavior, positive behavior interventions and strategies, RTI, and behavior intervention plans. Students collect data to create a behavior intervention plan and apply it within an educational setting. Course emphasizes the application of theory to the academic and behavioral development of school-age children, especially those with exceptional educational needs and provides practice in communicating those applications and principles to parents, teachers and other community stakeholders.
SPED 764Mathematics Assessment and Strategies3.00
Examines assessment procedures and teaching strategies appropriate to providing instruction to students having difficulty learning mathematics. Emphasis is on differentiating and adapting existing curriculum to assist all students in reaching the goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM 2000).
SPED 769Collaboration and Transition: From School to Community3.00
Working with families and community agencies is the focus of this class. The use of facilitating planning meetings with families will be an emphasis as well as establishing partnerships with community agencies that serve the variety of needs of families with students who have disabilities. In addition, there will be concentration on transitions skills - from each level of schooling to another and then on to post secondary options.
SPED 772Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education3.00
Focus on the major issues of learning and reflecting upon the skills and dispositions necessary for managing a special education classroom and/or case load. Includes curriculum design and evaluation, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, time management, assistive technology and universal design.
SPED 775Special Education Directed Student Teaching1.50
Field-based experience in teaching students who have severe to mild exceptional educational needs in the areas of learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities and emotional behavioral disabilities. Students may choose one or more concentrations from the above listed disability areas. A student seminar meets online for study and discussion. Student complete and present a professional Special Educator portfolio.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SPED 776Special Education Directed Student Teaching1.50
Field-based experience in teaching students who have severe to mild exceptional educational needs in the areas of learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities and emotional behavioral disabilities. Students may choose one or more concentrations from the above listed disability areas. A student seminar meets regularly for study and discussion. Student complete and present a professional Special Educator portfolio.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SPED 780Action Research Methodology3.00
Focus on research methodology and topics specific to the field of education. Complete an action research project surrounding an issue of interest/need in your classroom or program through the use of a single subject design. Examine existing research and determine how it may apply to your classroom/program.
SPED 781Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Uniquely designed study arranged with a particular instructor which allows the graduate student to pursue specific areas of need or interest. Approval of the topic and plan of study is required before enrollment.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SPED 784Action Research Project3.00
Complete the Action Research Project developed in Action Research Methods. Collect data, create Action Plan, and present to the constituents of the project - staff, faculty, and/or school board.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand