Special Education Courses for Teachers

SPE-501TE: Overview of Special Education for Current Practitioners
This course orients learners to the field of special education. The learner is introduced to the thirteen disabilities defined by Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and to instructional planning for students with Exceptional Learning Needs (ELN).

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.

SPE-503TE: Elementary Education Methods and Strategies for Gifted Students for Current Practitioners
This course explores gifted education at the elementary school level. Learners are introduced to the nature, level, and types of giftedness in elementary age students. Practical application is emphasized. 

SPE-504TE: Gifted Education for Secondary Teachers for Current Practitioners
This course explores gifted education at the secondary school level. Participants learn to differentiate 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-505TE: Gifted Education Practicum for Current Practitioners
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.  

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.

SPE-507TE: Special Education Foundation and Framework for Current Practitioners
This course assists practicing teachers with instructional strategies for special education students. Special education research and best practices are discussed.

SPE-509TE: Collaborative Processes in Special Education for Current Practitioners
Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills and strategies needed to fulfill. the roles and responsibilities of educators in meeting the needs of learners with disabilities in the general education classroom. Course content focuses on collaboration between all members of a student's education team. Collaborative models and professional roles/responsibilities will be addressed.

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.

SPE-516TE: Special Education Litigation and Law for Current Practitioners  
This course introduces learners to legal issues in special education. The evolution of special education laws, including a close examination of IDEA and its impact on stakeholders, is examined. Learners apply knowledge of special education law to case studies.

SPE-521TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities for Current Practitioners        
This course provides teachers in special education with additional knowledge of Intellectual Disabilities (ID), with a focus on law and litigation, definition, causes, and characteristics of ID in children and adults. The impact of ID on the lives of individuals and the necessary support systems for quality of life are examined.

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.

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.

SPE-531TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Severe and Profound Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of the current research, strategies, and methodologies for students with severe and profound disabilities. 

SPE-532TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Emotional Disabilities for Current Practitioners             
This course outlines issues surrounding emotional disabilities (ED), including law and litigation, definition, etiology, types, and characteristics of learners 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-534TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Physical Impairments for Current Practitioners
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-541TE: Assistive Technology for Current Practitioners
This course provides teachers with knowledge of assistive technology in relation to Special Education. The course focuses on the legal history, purpose, and types of assistive technology.

Continuing Teacher Education Courses

Grand Canyon University is the educator's preferred choice for continuing education. Whatever your needs - recertification, licensure, endorsements or to move up the pay scale, earn 3 Graduate Credits in 6 weeks.

Course  Credits Price
Continuing Teacher Education Courses                                                  3 Graduate Credits                    $150 per credit