Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SPECIAL EDUCATION (480)

480-200 THE PERSON WITH A DISABILITY IN SOCIETY - 2 cr

This course examines a number of concepts, issues and empirical findings regarding the integration of persons with disabilities into society.

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 children who are intellectually retarded, 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 young children. Causes for handicapping conditions will be reviewed and early intervention programs will be studied. Parent training and family involvement rationale and techniques will also be examined.
Prereq: 480-205/721, 423-222 or 423-322 or cons instr. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-323/523 DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY: THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL NEEDS - 3 cr

For persons interested in young children with social-emotional problems. Students will study the causes of disturbance in young children; learn to assess their emotional maturity level, and develop therapeutic techniques designed to ameliorate maladaptive behaviors.
Prereq: 480-320/520. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-336/536 MANAGING THE CLASSROOM BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN - 3 cr

The course will introduce models, methods, and materials for effectively managing behavior problems of learners with exceptional educational needs. Skills will be developed to: (a) manage classroom behaviors that are counter productive to learning; (b) facilitate positive interpersonal behaviors; and (c) structure the instructional environment to produce desirable consequences.
Prereq: 480-205. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-340 INTERMEDIATE MANUAL COMMUNICATION - 1 cr

Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Designed to provide a larger vocabulary for communication with the deaf or other handicapped persons, as well as being an instructional tool in a variety of academic situations.
Prereq: 480-240.

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 will be discussed.
Prereq: 480-205/721 or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-356/556 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL RETARDATION - 3 cr

An introductory course which provides current and historical perspectives of the field of mental retardation. Emphasis is placed on the educational, social, psychological, vocational and medical aspects of the problem.
Prereq: 3 Special Education credits or cons instr. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-364/564 INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING DISABILITIES - 3 cr

Provides the special educator with 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 sr st or cons instr. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-376/576 MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY - 3 cr

Provides the special educator with knowledge of the medical, physiological, neurological, physical, developmental, and sensory characteristics of persons with physical or medical conditions which impact educational programing. The course content emphasizes etiology and implications of genetic, prenatal and acquired causes of disabilities including cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, medical fragility, technology dependency, AIDS, and perinatal drug dependency. Interdisciplinary approaches to providing services for children with complex needs are addressed.
Prereq: 6 credits Special Education or consent of instructor. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-400/600 TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM - 3 cr

A practical course for regular educators who teach students with exceptional educational needs. Based upon an overview of the mildly disabled and the mainstreaming philosophy, specific skills related as assessment, instruction, materials modification and behavior management will be emphasized.
Prereq: Cons instr. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-406/606 CAREER/VOCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS - 3 cr

The course is designed to identify specific strategies for overcoming attitudinal and technical barriers to vocational mainstreaming of special needs students. Values clarification, vocational assessment, vocational IEP development, and elementary and secondary vocational models will be examined to assist special and vocational educators 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

For persons interested in early intervention services for young children with special needs. Best practices for programming with young children 3 to 6 years of age will be studied. The primary emphases of the course will be curriculum and program implementation across developmental domains, methods of intervention for the whole child and administering a multidisciplinary program. Management responsibilities would include coordination of staff and services, transition practices, and program accountability. Students will be 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 action that calls for 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. Materials and resources will be evaluated, as well as 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 birth to three and three to six programs will be addressed. Family dynamics will be analyzed with attention given to various stages parents experience in relationship to their child and overall family situation. Specific attention will be 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 will be 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.

480-426/626 INTRODUCTION TO INDIVIDUAL DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS - 3 cr

A core course for special education majors to provide an overview of educational assessment and diagnosis of the handicapped. Emphasis will be placed upon testing for IEP development and teaching and the implications of the educational evaluation for multidisciplinary team decision making.
Prereq: 480-205/721, 489-210E or 489-210F. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-428/628 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS FOR GIFTED EDUCATION - 3 cr

This course goes beyond a basic understanding of the nature and needs of gifted students, and concentrates on presenting several models for providing curricular and instructional designs for such students in the school setting.
Prereq: An introductory course dealing with the gifted, or con instr.

480-457/657 CURRICULUM AND METHODS IN MENTAL RETARDATION-ELEMENTARY - 3 cr

A course designed to provide the prospective teacher of mildly/moderately mentally handicapped elementary school students with 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 COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION - 3 cr

This course develops student's skills and understanding in the areas of laws pertaining to students with disabilities, writing individualized instructional plans, inclusion, collaboration and school-based team membership, and adaptation and modifications of instruction. Students will also develop their personal philosophy of education including beliefs about teachers, students, diversity, community, inclusion, etc. and a profile of who they are 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. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-459/659 CURRICULUM AND METHODS IN MENTAL RETARDATION-SECONDARY - 3 cr

A course designed for professionals working with adolescent students with mild/moderate mental retardation. Emphasis is on organization, curriculum, methods, work adjustment transition, and vocational approaches appropriate for a high school special education class and work-study program.
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 associated with working with individuals with psychotic conditions and other severe disturbances. Consideration will be given to teaching techniques, curriculum and materials in a variety of school 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

For persons interested in young children with special needs, as well as individuals exhibiting severe disabilities. Persons will learn how to administer diagnostic-prescriptive instruments and how to use assessment information in developing Individual Education Plan (IEPs) and 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, MR - 3 cr

A course to develop advanced diagnostic skills for elementary through secondary mildly/moderately handicapped (LD, ED, EMR) individuals. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the assessment of cognitive, academic, developmental and behavioral skills that effect classroom performance. The application of advanced trend analysis and data synthesis techniques for special education placement and program planning will be stressed and current issues and trends will be discussed.
Prereq: 480-426/626. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-465/665 CURRICULUM AND METHODS FOR THE MODERATELY HANDICAPPED - 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. 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 exceptional individuals in the home and school environments. Particular emphasis upon consultation and supportive skills for aiding the individuals and their parents in dealing with school or agency personnel and programs.
Prereq: 480-205/721, jr or sr st or cons instr. Restricted to students with professional ed admission.

480-470 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR - 2 cr

The seminar will provide 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 will be presented.
Prereq: Directed Teaching.

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. Curriculum and programming pertinent to this area will be 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 disturbances in secondary schools. Theoretical approaches, management strategies and curriculum that promotes social/emotional/behavioral development and management will be 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 handicaps, Emphasis is on basic life skills.
Prereq: 480-376/576 or consent of instructor. 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 will be on programming based upon an educational diagnosis and participation type activities.
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 will be reviewed and demonstrated. Comprehensive educational planning for secondary LD students based on diagnostic findings and adult life roles will be 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 handicapped individuals 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 will be presented.
Prereq: 480-426/626 and 510-355/555 or cons instr. 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)

489-210 OBSERVATION AND PARTICIPATION - 3 cr

Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Prepares special education students for directed teaching. Includes participation in the total classroom situation under the guidance of a qualified cooperating teacher. Emphasis upon observing and application of skills will be stressed.
Prereq: To be taken concurrently with 423-222 or 423-322 or 423-212 and 420-243. Student must have passed at least two sections of the PPST, and must have achieved 2.40 GPA in 12 credits of coursework or consent of department.

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 will provide 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, 432-460, 432-361, 432-460 or 437-466 and 480-458.

489-411 [A-H] 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: Cons instr.


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