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Spec Ed 353/553 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Working with Children and Youth with Disabilities

This course provides information about typical and atypical language and motor development in children and youth (ages birth to 21 years). Course topics include milestones of typical language and motor development, characteristics of specific language/motor disorders and sensory impairments (hearing and visual impairments).

An interdisciplinary focus that highlights the work of related service providers such as occupational, physical and speech therapies and consultants for individuals with visual and hearing impairments serves as the context for the course. In addition, this course addresses the role and responsibility of special education teachers to support, supervise, monitor and evaluate paraeducators working in their classrooms.

Recommended approaches that support individuals with language/motor disorders and sensory impairments such as basic sign language, Picture Exchange Communications System and sensory integration strategies are embedded into course topics.

The course is required of all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the special education teacher licensure program.

Offered evenings in spring.

 

Spec Ed 381/581 Behavior Change and Management

Theoretical and practical understanding of methods used in modifying behavior in general, and problem behavior in particular. Methods of controlling behavior will be drawn from research and applied to the classroom. Approaches are developed to anticipate, inhibit, redirect, and prevent problem behavior through techniques which have high probability of encouraging the total learning process.

Offered evenings in fall.


Spec Ed 406/606 Technology in Special Education

This course is to address uses of technology that are specifically related to special education, such as assistive and adaptive technology, and augmentative communication. It will address classroom arrangements for use of technology, uses of technology for content area instruction, and word processing technology for special learners. It will also address legal issues related to the provision of technology and methods of using technology to collaborate with other professionals and to gain information about special education. 

Offered evenings in fall.


Spec Ed 473/673 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders is a new course taught hybrid online and on-campus. This introductory course will provide students with an understanding of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Students will be introduced to intervention strategies that enhance the communication and learning of students with ASD. Methods for teaching more conventional behaviors will be addressed. Issues surrounding diagnosis and support for families will be explored.

Offered summer only.


Spec Ed 474/674 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a new course taught hybrid online and on-campus. This course will provide students with information regarding methods of instructing and supporting children and youth with ASD. The course will include information regarding the best practices for assessment, instruction, communication, sensory, socialization, transition information related to children and youth with ASD. Prerequisites: Special Education 473/673 Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Offered summer only.


Spec Ed 475/675 Autism Spectrum Disorders Practicum

A new field experience, this practicum will provide students in the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate Program experience 100 hours of working with students with ASD in educational settings. Prerequisite: Department Consent.

Offered the fall following completion of 473/673 and 474/674.

 


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Spec Ed 463/663 Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities

This course examines functional curricula, instructional practices and functional behavioral assessment and support for students with severe disabilities. Additional topics include working collaboratively with related services personnel, the use of assistive technology in educational programming, supervising paraprofessionals in the classroom, and teaching self-advocacy skills.

Offered in fall, spring and summer.


Spec Ed 481/681 Advanced Behavior Management and Instruction

This course builds upon effective behavior management and instruction concepts, principles, and techniques covered in Special Education 381/581 and Special Education 480/680. Course emphasis is on understanding the process of behavioral change, instructional classroom management, self-management strategies, non-violent crisis intervention, social skills instruction, study and organizational skills, and metacognitive strategies. In addition, this course focuses on conflict resolution, including resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff and peer mediation. 

Offered evenings in fall and spring.

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