480 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SPECIAL EDUCATION (480)

480-201    DISABILITY IN SOCIETY        3 cr
A study of the social construction of disability. The course focuses on the political and cultural context of disability. Particular attention is given to the issues of perception, mobility, accessibility, distribution of bio-resources, and the human condition as well as a process to assist individuals achieve comfortable, authentic, and more equal relationships with persons with disabilities.

480-205 PSYCHOLOGY OF THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD 3 cr
A survey course designed to familiarize students with the psychological, physiological and educational problems which confront persons who are cognitively disabled, gifted, emotionally disturbed, speech impaired, auditorily impaired, visually impaired, orthopedically and neurologically impaired.

480-240 MANUAL COMMUNICATION 1 cr
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of manual communication techniques including finger spelling and basic signing.

 480-320/520 INTRODUCTION TO THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS 3 cr
Designed for persons interested in the education of infants/toddlers and preschoolers. Causes of disabling conditions are reviewed and early intervention programs studied. Parent training and family involvement rationale and techniques are also examined.
Prereq: 480-205/721, 423-222 or 423-322 or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-336/536 MANAGING THE CLASSROOM BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN 3 cr
Introduction to models, methods, and materials for effectively managing behavior problems of learners with disabilities. Development of skills to: manage classroom behaviors that are counter productive to learning, facilitate positive interpersonal behaviors, and structure the instructional environment to produce desirable consequences.
Prereq: 480-205. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-355/555 INTRODUCTION TO EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS 3 cr
A basic survey of behavioral and emotional disorders in children. Specific techniques and approaches in handling these problems in a classroom, the psychological role of the teacher and aspects of working with parents of disturbed children are discussed.
Prereq: 480-205/721 or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-356/556 INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE DISABILITIES 3 cr
An introductory course which provides current and historical perspectives of the field of cognitive disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the educational, social, psychological, vocational and medical aspects of the problem.
Prereq: 3 Special Education credits or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-364/564 INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING DISABILITIES 3 cr
Provides the basic theoretical and practical approaches to the identification and treatment of learning and language disorders. Identifies the major theoretical and conceptual approaches as well as the current issues in the field of learning disabilities.
Prereq: 480-205 and jr or senior standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-376/576 MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY 3 cr
Study of the medical, physiological, neurological, physical, developmental, and sensory characteristics of persons with physical or medical conditions which impact educational programming. Emphasis on the etiology and implications of genetic, prenatal and acquired causes of disabilities including cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, medical fragility, technology dependency, AIDS, and perinatal drug exposure. Interdisciplinary approaches to services provided for persons with complex attendance needs are addressed.
Prereq: 6 credits Special Education or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-406/606 CAREER/VOCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS 3 cr
Identification of specific strategies for overcoming attitudinal and technical barriers to vocational mainstreaming of special needs students. Content includes values clarification, vocational assessment, vocational IEP development, and elementary and secondary vocational models in delivering appropriate vocational services to EEN students. Content covers grades K-12.
Prereq: 480-205/721 and (480-355/555 or 480-356/556 or 480-364/564). Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-422/622 CURRICULUM METHODS AND ADMINISTERING EC:EEN PROGRAMS 3 cr
Exploration of early intervention services for young children with special needs, best practices for programming for 3 to 6 years olds with emphasis on curriculum and program implementation across developmental domains, methods of intervention for the whole child, and administering a multidisciplinary program. Identification of management responsibilities to include coordination of staff and services, transition practices, and program accountability. Students are required to participate in supervised fieldwork activities.
Prereq: 480-320/520. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-423/623 WORKING WITH INFANTS/TODDLERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND WITH THEIR FAMILIES 3 cr
For students who are interested in providing services to infants and toddlers with special needs. Course content will examine legislative basis of services to the birth to 3 population, screening and assessment procedures, eligibility criteria for service delivery, and interagency and team collaboration styles. Students will also learn methods of curriculum design and implementation, evaluation of materials and resources and program delivery systems.
Prereq: 480-320/520. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-424/624 FAMILY FOCUSED INTERVENTION 3 cr
Identification of skills and techniques needed to work with families of children with special needs in infant, toddler and preschool programs will be addressed. Family dynamics are analyzed with attention given to various stages parents experience in relationship to their child and overall family situation. Specific attention is given to communicating with families, conducting family needs assessments, and working with, and advocating for, parents with special needs. Opportunities to advocate for and work directly with infants, parents and families are provided.
Prereq: 480-320/520 and 480-423/623 or taken concurrently. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-425/625 INTRODUCTION TO GIFTED EDUCATION 3 cr
A survey of the definitions and measures of creativity and intellectual pursuits, extraordinary products and an examination of the genetic, environmental and social factors that develop and maintain gifted humans.
Prereq: Jr/Sr st. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-426/626 INTRODUCTION TO INDIVIDUAL DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS 3 cr
A core course providing an overview of educational assessment and diagnosis of those with disabilities. Emphasis is placed upon testing for IEP development, the teaching and implications of the educational evaluation for multidisciplinary team decision making.
Prereq: SPECFLD 205 and EDFNDPRC 210. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-457/657 ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM/METHODS COGNITIVE DISABILITIES-ACADEMIC 3 cr
Designed to provide the prospective teacher of elementary age students with mild or moderate mental retardation (cognitive disability) with the basic knowledge concerning the educational characteristics of these students, general teaching strategies, organization of classroom/schedule, inclusive practices, and curricular methods and materials.
Prereq: 480-356/556. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-458/658 COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION 3 cr
This course develops student's skills and understanding of the laws pertaining to students with disabilities, writing individualized instructional plans, inclusion, collaboration and school-based team membership, and adaptation and modifications of instruction. Students also develop their personal philosophy of education including beliefs about teachers, students, diversity, community, inclusion, etc. and a profile of their role as a team member through the use of a variety of self-assessment tools and the use of a cooperative learning structure (base teams) for the course.
Prereq: 480-205, 480-336, 480-406, 480-426, 480-466

480-459/659 SECONDARY CURRICULUM/METHODS COGNITIVE DISABILITIES-ACADEMICS 3 cr
A course designed for professionals working with adolescent students with mild/moderate mental retardation (cognitive disabilities). Emphasis is on organization, curriculum, methods, work adjustment transition, and vocational approaches appropriate for a high school special education class and work-study progam.
Prereq: 480-356/556. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-460/660 EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WITH SEVERE EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS 3 cr
An examination of techniques associated with working with individuals with psychotic conditions and other severe disturbances. Consideration is given to teaching techniques, curriculum and materials in a variety of school and residential settings.
Prereq: 480-355/555 or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-461/661 EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF EC:EEN AND SPH 3 cr
Focuses on the specialized assessment practices for young children with disabilities and those with severe disabilities. Context includes development of skills to administer diagnostic-prescriptive instruments and how to use assessment information in developing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and how to present evaluative data to a multidisciplinary team.
Prereq: 480-320/520 and 480-426/626 or taken concurrently. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-462/662 EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT IN LD, E/BD, CD 3 cr
A course to develop advanced diagnostic skills for elementary through secondary mild/moderate disabled (LD, ED, MR) individuals. Particular emphasis is placed upon the assessment of cognitive, academic, developmental and behavioral skills that affect classroom performance. The application of advanced trend analysis and data synthesis techniques for special education placement and program planning is stressed and current issues and trends are discussed.
Prereq: 480-426/626. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-465/665 CURRICULUM/METHODS COGNITIVE DISABILITIES-FUNCTIONAL 3 cr
For persons who will be working with individuals who have moderate and/or severe disabilities. Provides methods, strategies and techniques in assessment, curriculum development, program design, instructional strategies, material development, and community transition for the population with moderate disabilities. A major focus will be on all aspects of functional programs across home, school, community and vocational environments.
Prereq: 480-356/556 or cons instr. and coreq: 480-476/676 (CD emphasis only). Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-466/666 WORKING WITH PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY AGENCIES 3 cr
Provides insight into the adjustment problems of individuals with disabilities in the home and school environments. Particular emphasis upon consultation and supportive skills to aid the person and their parents in dealing with school or agency personnel and programs.
Prereq: 480-205/721, junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-470 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR 2 cr
The seminar provides a meaningful capstone experience for student teachers during their professional teaching semester. Current research, issues, and strategies specific to the field of special education and the teaching professional are presented.
Coreq: Directed Teaching. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-471/671 CURRICULUM AND METHODS IN EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS (E/BD)- ELEMENTARY 3 cr
Designed to prepare educators to teach children with emotional disturbances in elementary schools. Theoretical approaches and management strategies specific to the needs of these children will be presented, and curriculum and programming pertinent to this disability is emphasized.
Prereq: 480-355/555, 480-336/536 and 480-426/626. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-472/672 CURRICULUM AND METHODS IN EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS (E/BD)- SECONDARY 3 cr
Designed to prepare educators to teach adolescents with emotional disburbances in secondary schools. Theoretical approaches, management strategies and curriculum that promotes social/emotional/behavioral development and management is emphasized.
Prereq: 480-355/555, 480-426/626, 480-336/536 or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-476/676 CURRICULUM, METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR THOSE WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES 3 cr
For persons interested in acquiring specialized techniques and strategies in the care, instruction, programming, and management of individuals with physical, motor, medical, cognitive, communicative and/or behavioral disabilities. Specific information on positioning, physical handling, feeding facilitation, augmentative communication, sensory integration, adaptive switches, medication therapy and life skills development for the person with severe and profound disabilities. Emphasis is on functional skills.
Prereq: 480-376/576 or consent of instructor and coreq: 480-465/665 (CD emphasis only). Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-478/678 CURRICULUM AND METHODS IN LEARNING DISABILITIES-ELEMENTARY 3 cr
Designed to prepare educators to teach elementary level learning disabled children. Remediation strategies, programs, and techniques appropriate to this level will be reviewed and demonstrated. Emphasis is on programming based upon an educational diagnosis.
Prereq: 480-426/626 and 480-355/555 or 480-364/564. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-479/679 CURRICULUM AND METHODS IN LEARNING DISABILITIES-SECONDARY 3 cr
Designed to prepare educators to teach secondary level learning disabled students. Theoretical models and intervention strategies designed to promote basic skills acquisition and generalization of basic skills needed to perform in secondary level content area programs is reviewed and demonstrated. Comprehensive educational planning for secondary LD students based on diagnostic findings and adult life roles is emphasized.
Prereq: 480-426/626 and 480-364/564 or 480-355/555. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-481/681 REMEDIATION OF WRITTEN LANGUAGE DISORDERS 2 cr
The course examines writing instruction for individuals with disabilities using a language interaction approach to teaching and learning. Assessment and intervention based on the conceptual and linguistic skills of the student in relationship to the conceptual and linguistic demands of specific writing tasks are presented.
Prereq: 480-426/626 and 510-355/555 or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

 480-489/689 EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES 1 cr
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis only. Designed to acquaint the teacher education student with the problems and procedures of securing a teaching position. Includes consideration of professional ethics, preparation of placement credentials, teacher licensure practices, interviewing techniques and teaching contracts. Reviews opportunities for professional advancement through graduate study. (Open to teacher education students. Should be taken the semester prior to graduation or the semester of graduation.)
Unreq: 430-489/689.

 480-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-10 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits in major.

 480-491/691 TRAVEL STUDY 1-3 cr
Repeatable

 480-494/694 SEMINAR - SPECIAL EDUCATION 1-3 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

 480-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-4 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits in major.
Prereq: 480 205 or consent of instructor.

 480-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits in degree. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

 PRACTICUM (489)

 489-410 GENERAL EDUCATION FIELD EXPERIENCES 3 cr
Students seeking licensure in Special Education will complete a 150 hour assignment in a general education classroom where inclusionary practices for individuals with special needs are applied. The field experience provides opportunities to become familiar with the range of students' abilities; curricular focus; achievement expectations; enhancements, adaptations, and modifications of instruction; and collaborative practices of general and special educators.
Prereq: To be taken concurrently with 430-425, 432-360, 432-361, 432-460 or 437-466 and 480-458.

 489-411[A-G] DIRECTED TEACHING 3-12 cr
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Professional laboratory, classroom, or center based experiences under the guidance of carefully selected, qualified cooperating teachers in classrooms in area school districts or other approved sites.
Repeatable.
Prereq: Sr st, completion of basic requirements on students APR and admission to professional education. Grades of Inc., D or F in special education courses (prefix 480 or 489) must be removed before the student can enroll in this course.

 489-492 FIELD STUDY - SPECIAL EDUCATION 1-12 cr
Designed to give the student experience in working with exceptional educational needs individuals in such settings as classrooms, clinical settings, institutions, sheltered workshop and other community agencies.
Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits in major/degree. Prereq: Consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.
 
 
 

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