Course Descriptions for Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure & Graduate Certificate Program:  


Ed Leadership 720 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)

Introduction to the foundations, techniques, roles, and needed skills for effective supervision in a school setting. Views supervisor as leader for instructional improvement and as innovator in curriculum change. Focus on basic principles of supervision and their practical application. 


Ed Leadership 729 Dialogues in Social Justice (3 credits)


This seminar will explore key issues of social justice with a focus on social oppression related to race, class gender, sexual orientation, ability, and religion. Social justice will be examined through a variety of theoretical and conceptual lenses throughout the course, and participants will be invited to analyze the implications of each for practice in educational leadership. In addition, the course will draw upon testimonials, personal essays, and narratives to foster a deep understanding of social justice issues grounded in lived experience. Through dialogue, analysis, and multimedia presentations, participants in the seminar will identify and articulate their own insights and approaches to leadership for social justice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.



Ed Leadership 730 Leadership in Educational Systems (3 credits)

Introduction to the organizational and administrative structure of American educational systems. Basic survey of administrative theory and its relationship to the administrative functioning and the administration of educational systems.


Spec Ed 705  Admin Org, Collaboration, and Leadership in Spec Ed/Pupil Services (3 credits)

This course focuses on preparing graduate students for leadership and collaboration roles in special education and pupil services. Course content addresses special education organization and administration, supervision and evaluation, the change process, cultural responsiveness, collaboration and consultation, and conflict resolution skills..


Spec Ed 785 Legal Aspects of Special Education and Pupil Services (3 credits)

This class will examine legislation and case law concerned with the education of students with disabilities. Consideration will be given to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Section 504 of the 1973 Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and relevant state legislation and case law. The course will increase knowledge and skills in the area of special education law to aid professionals in making informed and ethical decisions and practices relative to special education and pupil services issues.


Spec Ed 786  Finance for Special Education/Pupil Services (3 credits)

This course will address the knowledge and application relative to the financing of Special Education and Pupil Services. Various federal funding sources, including IDEA Entitlement, Title 1, along with state funding formulas and local allocations and budgets will be addressed. The course involves a series of activities, individual studies, and application activities that will allow the student to gain a comprehensive knowledge to enable them to function as a competent and qualified Director of Special Education/Pupil Services.


Spec Ed 787 Practicum in Education Leadership: Special Education/Pupil Services (2 credits)

This is a capstone course designed specifically for students in the special education/pupil services administrator certification program. It involves field-experiences and current issues in special education and pupil services. Activities will be designed in conjunction with advisor and proficiency focused. Graduate Status and completion of Spec Ed 705, 785, 786 and consent of instructor.



Additional Courses Required for MSE:

Ed Found 770 Foundations of Educational Research (3 credits)

Introduction to the concepts, tools and procedures which are essential for planning and conducting research in education and related fields. Preparing a research proposal and organization of a research report. Emphasis is given to the interpretation and analysis of research literature from the behavioral and social sciences..


Spec Ed 781 Introduction to Advanced Studies in Special Education (3 credits)

A course in topics of current interest in special education. This course will provide students with different viewpoints and opposing positions to provoke critical thinking and discussion and provide a starting point for graduate students to research issues in-depth as thesis or field report topics. In addition, to ensure students' understanding of statistical applications in data-based research studies, basic educational statistics will be introduced. This required course should be taken as the first core course in the special education graduate program. It must be taken prior to Special Education 790.


Spec Ed 790 Critical Analysis of Special Education Research and Literature (3 credits)


This course focuses upon developing student’s ability to critically evaluate research within educational literature. This course will include extensive practice of critical analysis of research reports and synthesis of bodies of research information. This course should be taken at the end of the student's graduate program, just prior to completion of the thesis or field report in special education. Prerequisite: Special Education 781 and Educational Foundations 770.


Spec Ed 794 Field Report in Special Education (3 credits)

The field report in special education is an alternative to the special education thesis as the culminating experience. Registration open only to those MSE special education students who have filed a Field Report Proposal and Adviser Approval Form. Pass/fail course.


Spec Ed 795 Special Education Thesis (3 credits)

Each registration with a maximum accumulation of 6 cr. Registration open only to those MSE special education students who have filed a Thesis Proposal and Adviser Approval Form with the Graduate Office. Pass/fail course.

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