Course Descriptions

Coursework necessary to earn the Initial Special Education Endorsement:

Courses
Cr.
Description
SPED 511 Foundations of Special Education
 
3

Introduces research, theory and data as foundation for guiding decision making and professional practice in special education guided by the "Critical Concepts" of Special Education as identified by department faculty including Individualization; Inclusion and Diversity; Scaffolding Instruction; Data-based Decision Making; Collaboration and Teaming; and Leadership and Advocacy.

SPED 514 Legal Foundations of Special Education 3

Overview of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, including analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004), and their impact on service provision for students with disabilities. Issues of ethics, inclusion, and diversity are integrated within this course. Application of Oregon Administrative Rules will be highlighted.

SPED 516 Classroom Assessment, Instruction, and Behavior Management 4

Establishing effective instructional environments through research-based techniques of behavior management, assessment, and instructional delivery.

SPED 509 Professional Introduction to the School Year (September Experience) 3

Introductory field experience.

SPED 530 Families and Advocacy 3

This course investigates practical strategies in the areas of student support and advocacy, school-family collaboration and transition planning. Person-centered planning and teaching self-determination skills will be addressed. Course participants will examine collaborative skills needed to empower students and families to work effectively with school professionals in K-12 and transition settings.

SPED 537 Reading Assessment and Instruction (Elementary) 4

Teacher candidates will develop a foundation in research-based instruction for reading to children pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with a broad range of skills and needs in special and regular education. Course provides an overview of language and reading development, instructional practices for teaching, and assessing core early literacy skills.

SPED 509 Professional Practices Seminar 1 (Practicum 1) 3 Field experience and seminar.
SPED 548 Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom 3

This course will teach research-based strategies within a positive behavior support framework to promote desired classroom behavior and maximize instructional time. Prevention, teaching and consequence strategies (positive and corrective) will be taught for implementation ranging from school-wide intervention to classroom-wide instruction to individualized function-based support for students with intensive needs.

SPED 533 Math Assessment and Instruction

3

Examine assessment, instructional methods, and curricula for teaching math and supporting the learning of SPED students at the elementary and secondary levels. Learn techniques for teaching concepts, skills, problem solving, and learning strategies as means to help learners achieve success in school and beyond the secondary levels.

SPED 522 Comprehensive Individualized Assessment and Curriculum 1

3

Applies knowledge and skills for functional assessment and applied behavior analysis in the design and implementation of an individualized curriculum for individuals with significant and multiple disabilities. Emphasizes curricular content for life skills, communication, social, motor, and cognitive/functional academic domains. Provides instructional strategies for routines-based, naturalistic, and teacher-directed learning.

SPED 512 Diagnostic Assessment

4

The focus of this course is the legal requirements and professional skills required for conducting non-biased, standardized, academic assessments. Students will develop knowledge and skills in: collecting relevant background information; selecting, administering, and interpreting assessments; developing academic goals and objectives; preparing meaningful reports; and conducting meetings to convey assessment results.

SPED 523 Comprehensive Individualized Assessment and Curriculum 2

3

Applies knowledge and skills for functional assessment and applied behavior analysis in the design and implementation of an individualized curriculum for individuals with significant and multiple disabilities. Emphasizes curricular content for life skills, communication, social, motor, and cognitive/functional academic domains. Provides instructional strategies for routines-based, naturalistic, and teacher-directed learning.

SPED 532 Inclusive Practices

2

This course prepares teacher candidates to use evidence-based practices to support students with diverse learning needs to gain access to the general education curriculum. Incorporating Universal Design for Learning as a framework, teacher candidates will plan, implement and assess study skills and learning strategies for students in all academic areas.

SPED 509 Professional Practices Seminar 2 (Practicum 2)

3 Field experience and seminar.

SPED 538 Reading Assessment and Instruction 2 (Secondary)

4

Develop the knowledge base and skills for effectively teaching reading skills to students with high incidence disabilities in schools. Address instructional methods for students who are emergent, developing, and more fluent readers and writers. Explore the use of research-based reading programs and other literacy materials in grades 6–12.

SPED 526 IEP and Collaboration

4

This course is about the processes and skills involved in collaborative teaming and consultation within schools settings. Throughout the student teaching experience, course participants will learn about their role in the IEP process, experience a full range of professional responsibilities including instructional and non-instructional roles, and prepare an edTPA portfolio.

SPED 525 Student Teaching 12

Final full-day field experience in which candidates take on the full role of the teacher working in schools with a diverse range of learners in special education.