Course Descriptions

Ccourse Number: SPED 5301 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Survey of Exceptional Learners 
 
Course Description: 
The course provides a general survey of the learning and behavior differences of children with exceptionalities. The course addresses historical, legal, cultural, and etiological issues involving individuals with special needs. 
 

Course Number: SPED 5302 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation 
 
Course Description: 
Methods of determining the reliability and validity of tests are investigated. Designs for testing programs and selection of appropriate tests will be included. Evaluation systems of individuals and programs will be discussed. 
 
 

Course Number: SPED 5303 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Educational Psychology 
 
Course Description: 
This course addresses the key concepts and ideas regarding educational psychology with a specific focus on students with exceptionalities. Topics to be addressed include the following: diversity and the specific characteristics of learners with exceptionalities, theories of human development and their application to teaching practice in general and in inclusive classrooms, theories of learning, and creating effective learning environments through the use of technology and differentiated instruction. 
 

 

Course Number: SPED 5304 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Special Education Law 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides a foundational understanding of law as applicable to the field of special education. Special emphasis is placed on legislation and court cases affecting the provision of special education services. 

Course Number: SPED 5305 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Research in Special Education 
 
Course Description: 
This course introduces the fundamentals required for reading and conducting research focusing on special education. The goals of the course are to aid current and future teachers in becoming a critical consumer of research and to begin the process of becoming a good producer of research. Course activities will include: critically analyzing published research, identifying a topic and conducting a literature review to evaluate and synthesize what has been published on that topic; and using the literature review to develop research questions and methods to find answers. 

Course Number: SPED 5311 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Instructional Strategies for High Incidence Disabilities 
 
Course Description: 
Foundations in the modification of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and student learning outcomes are explored through the authentic application of innovative, research-based strategies effective with high incidence disabilities. 

Course Number: SPED 5312 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Functional Behavior Assessment 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides tools to assess functions of student behavior in order to develop and implement appropriate behavior interventions. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and teaching appropriate replacement behaviors as well as analyzing multiple forms of data.  

Course Number: SPED 5313 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Instructional Strategies for Low Disabilities 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides foundations in the modification of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and student learning outcomes are explored through the authentic application of innovative, research-based strategies effective with low incidence disabilities. 

Course Number: SPED 5314 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Reading and Language Arts for Diverse Learners 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides identification of skill deficiencies, modification of curriculum, designing and implementation of instructional strategies for learners evidencing disabilities in reading and language arts. 

Course Number: SPED 5315 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Transition for Students with Exceptionalities 
 
Course Description: 
This course explores transition services and programs for students with exceptionalities. It emphasizes transition throughout the life span by addressing transition needs from early intervention to adulthood. Transition services stress moving from school to work and community. 

Course Number: SPED 5316 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Models for Change through Collaboration 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides special educators the tools needed to maintain effective collaboration that stimulates students’ academic progress and promotes a positive environment. Educators will learn how to construct collaborative teams that generate solutions to better meet the needs of exceptional students. Participants will learn researched based strategies to work cooperatively with family members and paraprofessional, co-teach with other educators, serve as a consultant, and avoid or resolve conflict. 

Course Number: SPED 5317 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Practicum for Special Education 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides practicum experience in the implementation of special education services. Focus is placed on the roles and responsibilities of the special education professional in providing the most effective and supportive learning environment for students with exceptionalities. 

Course Number: SPED 5320 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Psychoeducational Evaluation of Exceptional Children 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides simulated experiences in the selection and use of formal and informal methods of psychoeducational evaluation of students. 

Course Number: SPED 5321 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Test Administration and Interpretation Practicum 
 
Course Description: 
Theoretical and practical study emphasizing the administration, scoring, and basic interpretation of individual psychological tests. Students will be trained to administer, score, and interpret various individual assessment instruments for cognitive abilities, academic achievement, adaptive behavior or other individual assessment instruments. This course is a field course, which requires a Site Mentor and hours in a K-12 school setting.  
 

Course Number: SPED 5322 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Practicum for Educational Diagnostician 
 
Course Description: 
This course provides practicum experience in the use of formal and informal instruments in the evaluation of the psychoeducational and social development of children. Focus is placed on the utilization of education and clinical data by the educational diagnostician to meet the individual needs of students. 

Course Number: SPED 5370 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 
 
Course Description: 
This course will include an overview of autism spectrum disorders including definitions, processes, principles and concepts specific to the autism spectrum. Classification systems, models of assessment and intervention strategies related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) will be explored. Special emphasis will be given to ethical practices and evidence-based practice. 
 

Course Number: SPED 5371 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 
 
Course Description: 
This course will provide foundational knowledge in applied behavior analysis (ABA) including the principles of behavioral intervention. Application of ABA principles in EC-12 settings, clinics and home environments will be covered. Special emphasis will be given to ethical practice and evidence-based practice (e.g. discrete trial training, analysis of verbal behavior and direct instruction). 

Course Number: SPED 5372 
Credit Hours: 3 
Title: Models of Behavioral Intervention 
 
Course Description: 
This course will provide an in-depth exploration of behavioral interventions in EC-12 settings, clinics and home environments. Research related to models of behavioral intervention will be analyzed. The selection of ethical, behavioral intervention and outcome strategies will be emphasized.