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Special Education

SPE 5730              Characteristics & Strategies for Mild to Moderate Physical Impairments             
This course provides teachers with knowledge of physical and other health impairments and the impact of these disabilities on the lives of individuals. Special attention is given to accessibility to appropriate curricula, modifications and adaptations, and effective instructional strategies to meet individual needs.

SPE 5580              Characteristics & Strategies for Mild to Moderate Emotional Disabilities            
This course provides knowledge of emotional disabilities (ED), including the history with attention to law and litigation, definition, etiology, types and characteristics of students with ED. Assessment techniques and specific individual and group behavior management models, programs, strategies and interventions for elementary and secondary students with ED in special and regular education classes are investigated. 

SPE 5570              Characteristics & Strategies for Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities               
This course provides knowledge of learning disabilities (LD), including law, definition, causes and characteristics of LD in children and adults.  Effective teaching strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating instruction based on appropriate assessment for elementary and secondary students with LD in special and regular education classes are investigated. 

SPE 5530              Characteristics & Strategies for Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities         
The focus of this course is to provide teachers in special education with additional knowledge of Intellectual Disabilities (ID) with attention to law and litigation, definition, causes, and characteristics of ID in children and adults. The impact of ID on the lives of individuals and necessary support systems for quality of life are investigated.

SPE 5350              Special Education Assessment 
This course explores the system of assessing exceptional children, focusing on the evaluation of a child's abilities, strengths, and needs. Common assessment tools used in public school special education programs are examined, with an emphasis on the legislation and diagnostic procedures involved. Test construction and score interpretation techniques are discussed, and general instructional practices and behavioral recommendations are addressed.

SPE 5290              Special Education Foundation & Framework     
This course orients teacher candidates to the field of special education. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Council for Exceptional Children Standards, which guide special education research practices, are discussed.

SPE 5250              Inclusion Practices         
This course focuses on the inclusion/mainstreaming process of students with special needs in general education classrooms. Legislation pertaining to special education programs in public schools is discussed. Through lectures, case studies, and classroom observations, students examine the strategies that enable successful mainstreaming for both the exceptional child and the general education teacher.

SPE  5220             Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs          
This course discusses the characteristics and effective implementation of various behavior modification strategies. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) are discussed.

SPE 5400              Special Education Litigation & Law         
This course introduces students to the legal issues in Special education. The evolution of Special education Laws, including a close examination of IDEA and its impact on stakeholders will be examined. Simulations of Special education law violations will be investigated to give the student opportunities to apply knowledge of Special education law to real life situations.

SPE 5300              Collaborative Processes in Special Education    
Emphasis of this class will be placed on practical applications of skills and strategies needed in fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of educators in meeting the needs of learners with disabilities in the general education classroom. Course content will focus on collaboration between all members of a student's education team. Collaborative models and professional roles/responsibilities will be addressed.

SPE 5024              Characteristics & Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Autism           
This course will review Autism as a disability.  Autism is more prevalent in our classrooms; therefore, strategies and technologies used to assist the learning process for children with Autism will be the focus.

SPE 5020              Overview of Special Education 
This course orients teacher candidates to the field of special education. The learner is introduced to the thirteen disabilities as defined by Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and instructional planning for students with Exceptional Learning Needs (ELN).