SPE-502TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Autism for Current Practitioners
This course reviews autism as a developmental disorder. Autism is more prevalent in our classrooms; therefore, the course focuses on strategies and technologies used to assist the learning process for children with autism. (6 week course)
SPE-506TE: Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs for Current Practitioner
This course discusses the characteristics and effective implementation of various behavior modification strategies. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) are discussed. (6 week course)
SPE-511TE: Special Education Assessment for Current Practitioners
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. (6 week course)
SPE-524TE: Inclusion and Collaboration Practices for Current Practitioners
This course focuses on the inclusion and collaboration process of students with special needs in general education classrooms. Legislation pertaining to special education programs in public schools is discussed. Students examine the strategies that enable successful mainstreaming for both the exceptional child and the general education teacher. (6 week course)
SPE-530TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course provides knowledge of learning disabilities (LD), including law, definition, and 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. (6 week course)
SPE-5900: Assistive Technology
This course provides teachers with knowledge of Assistive Technology in relation to Special Education. This course focuses on the legal history, the purpose, and types of assistive technology.
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-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.
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-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.
This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the current research, strategies, and methodologies for students with severe and profound disabilities.
SPE-5202: Gifted Education for Secondary Teachers
This continuing education course explores gifted education at the secondary school level. Participants will learn how to address differentiation between high-achieving and gifted students, consider perceptions and biases regarding gifted education, and apply methods and strategies within the framework of instructional planning for gifted secondary education students.
SPE-5201: Methods and Strategies for Gifted Education: Elementary Education
This continuing education course explores gifted education at the elementary school level. Participants will understand the nature, level, and types of giftedness in elementary age students. Practical application is emphasized.
SPE-5203: Gifted Education Practicum
This course examines the modification of lesson plans for gifted students and the evaluation of such modifications. It also provides 30 hours of practicum experience working with gifted students, five of which are one-on-one tutoring. Pre-assessment and post-assessment analyses and observations are performed.