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Course Descriptions

Coursework necessary to earn the Initial Special Education Endorsement:

SPED 510 Foundations of Special Education

3 The use of research, theory and data as the foundation for guiding decision-making and professional practices in special education. Teacher candidates will be introduced to the six critical concepts of special education.
SPED 510 Legal & Ethical Foundations 3 Basic knowledge and values that are prerequisite to successful teaching in special education. Important federal laws, development of a personal philosophy of education, ethical principles, and diversity issues are covered.
SPED 510 Classroom Assessment, Instruction, & Behavior Management (Elementary and secondary sections) 4 Principles of establishing effective instructional environments through research based techniques of behavior management, assessment, and instructional delivery.
SPED 510 Math Assessment & Instruction
3 Methods and curricula for teaching concepts, skills, and problem solving strategies to children and youth with a broad range of needs in special and general education.
SPED 509 Professional Introduction to the Start of the School Year 2 Field experience and seminar in which candidates observe in general education and special education settings and participate in beginning of the year assessment activities.
SPED 510 Reading Assessment & Instruction (Elementary and secondary sections)
3 Methods and curricula for teaching and assessing decoding skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension to diverse learners in special and general education.
SPED 521 Behavior Management 3 The basic principles of human behavior and the application of those principles to teaching, classroom management and individual student intervention, providing effective teaching and learning environments for children of all ages.
SPED 509 Practicum:Academic Skills Focus 3 Field experience and seminar in which candidates provide direct literacy instruction with diverse learners, participate in PBS/RTI strategies, and observe a formal assessment of a student.
SPED 510 Curriculum & Assessment for Students with DD/ASD I 4 Issues, practices and methods related to the assessment of students with more significant disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
SPED 510 Curriculum & Instruction for Students with DD/ASD II 4 Individualized curriculum and instruction for students with more significant disabilities and autism spectrum disorders across the functional and academic curricula K-12.
SPED 509 Practicum: Functional Life Skills Focus 3 Field experience and seminar in which candidates assess student needs, develop and implement instructional plans for teaching within naturalistic routines, and implement strategies to reduce challenging behaviors.
SPED 510 Families & Advocacy (Elementary and secondary sections) 3 Practical strategies, tools and exemplary practices in the areas of student support and advocacy, school-family collaboration, and transition planning in alignment with the families’ values and belief systems.
SPED 510 IEP & Collaborative Teaming 3 Careful examination of the IEP process and techniques that enhance collaboration and consultation with students, families, paraprofessionals, other educators, and school administrators.
SPED 510 Assessment 3 Legal requirements and professional skills required for conducting non-biased formal assessments to appraise current academic performance of K-12 students with cognitive and learning disabilities.
SPED 510 Reading & Writing Across the Continuum 4 Evidence-based methods for writing and reading instruction to diverse learners across the continuum of disabilities in special and general education settings.
SPED 525 Student Teaching 15 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.