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Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education) - Course Descriptions

SPED - 601 Contemporary Issues in Special Education (3 SH)
This course introduces the student to the formal program of study that leads to licensure in special
education-general curriculum. It addresses the historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives
of diversity and its impact on the educational services for students with special needs. Federal
and state laws and regulations pertaining to special education will be studied. Legal and
educational terminology and definitions for students with high incidence exceptionalities will be
addressed. Exemplary programs, services provided by other agencies, the critical nature of
individual education plans, and relevant current literature will be reviewed.

SPED - 602 Development and Learning in Students with Special Needs (3 SH)
The major focus of this course will be the social, cognitive, and language development of
elementary and secondary students, with emphasis on students with high incidence exceptionalities.
Classroom observations and case studies will be used to apply development theory and research
to the classrooms and the school curriculum. Psychological issues, including individual differences,
learning styles, and the development of self-concept will be addressed. Students will study the
effects of school curriculum, including subject matter content and methodology, and schooling
processes, on child and adolescent development.

SPED - 603 Literacy & Language Development for Students with Special Needs (3 SH)
This course addresses the significant theories, remedial approaches, instructional practices, and
programs for developing reading skills in children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities.
It includes a study of the reading/writing processes, the development of reading/writing skills, and
the transition to content area texts. Diagnosis and assessment of reading skills, including formal
and informal strategies, and prescriptive strategies for intervention will be examined and practiced
in this course. Includes a service learning component.

SPED - 604 Differentiated Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3 SH)
This course will address the design or modification of curriculum, instructional materials, and
classroom environments for students with high incidence disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on
differentiated instruction that focuses on developmentally appropriate strategies to assure that
the student with a high incidence disability is successful in mastering the general education
curriculum. Curriculum concentration will include English, math, science, and social studies. This
course will align the principles of inclusion with their educational implementation by exploring and
applying instructional strategies and curriculum adaptations that are most effective in the general
education setting. Includes a service-learning component.

SPED - 605 Assessment of Students with Special Needs (3 SH)
This course addresses the principles of nondiscriminatory assessment of children and adolescents
with high incidence disabilities. It will provide experience in the administration of informal and formal
assessment measures. Basic concepts of measurement will be covered so that students can
evaluate test instruments and interpret test results. Current issues in the field of assessment will
be discussed and ethical issues will be emphasized.

SPED - 606 Classroom & Behavior Management for Students with Special Needs (3 SH)
This course will address classroom management strategies, facilitating appropriate behavior,
encouraging prosocial behavior, and meeting the social/emotional needs of students will high
incidence disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on preventive discipline and design of classroom
environments that are effective for students will special needs. Theoretical models of behavior
management will be discussed and compared, including their application for preparing and
maintaining students with disabilities in the general education classrooms. This course will also
introduce basic crises intervention strategies, including using behavior modification techniques,
conducting a functional behavior assessment, and making decisions regarding the appropriate
use of restraint with students in crisis situations. Use of school wide positive behavior intervention
strategies will be included in this course.

SPED - 607 Special Education Service Coordination (3 SH)
This course focuses on the practices and problems associated with the development, monitoring,
and organization of multiple school based special education services. By emphasizing collaborative
relationships within the school community and the development of consultation skills,
students will learn how to manage compliance across programs, working with families, preparation
of IEP team meetings, and delivery of services. Students will also develop skill in the design of
individual education programs, the arrangement and adaptation of learning environments, and
using school and community resources to develop transition plans for career development.
Includes a field experience component.

SPED - 621A Internship (3 SH)
This course is the culminating experience in the program of studies leading to initial certification.
The course provides one semester of supervised experience in a public school classroom.
Emphasis is placed on the student's demonstration of the standards for licensure and on the ability
to integrate content area knowledge, and pedagogical theory and practice. The course will be
includes on-site observation by a University supervisor and weekly seminars that address
challenges in teaching that are experienced in the classroom. SPED 621A is designed for the
student with no classroom experience. On-site observation will be differentiated across SPED
621A, B, and C. Fee of $150.

SPED - 621B Internship (3 SH)
This course is the culminating experience in the program of studies leading to initial certification.
The course provides one semester of supervised experience in a public school classroom.
Emphasis is placed on the student's demonstration of the standards for licensure and on the ability
to integrate content area knowledge, and pedagogical theory and practice. The course will be
includes on-site observation by a University supervisor and weekly seminars that address
challenges in teaching that are experienced in the classroom. SPED 621B is designed for the
student who has served as a teacher assistant. On-site observation will be differentiated across
SPED 621A, B, and C. Fee of $150.

SPED - 621C Internship (3 SH)
This course is the culminating experience in the program of studies leading to initial certification.
The course provides one semester of supervised experience in a public school classroom.
Emphasis is placed on the student's demonstration of the standards for licensure and on the ability
to integrate content area knowledge, and pedagogical theory and practice. The course includes
on-site observation by a University supervisor and weekly seminars that address challenges in
teaching that are experienced in the classroom. SPED 621C is designed for the student who is
a lateral entry teacher. On-site observation will be differentiated across SPED 621A, B, and C.
Fee of $150.

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