Course Descriptions

  • DISABILITY IN SOCIETY (GI)
    Special Education 201

    A study of the social construction of disability. This 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.

  • INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
    Special Education 205

    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.

  • FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
    Special Education 324

    The purpose of this course is to help students explore issues and perspectives related to basic theories in special education. The course also examines the legal and ethical implications surrounding special education, and the historical developments withing the field. This course will provide teacher education students with experiences that engage them in explicitly examining their conceptions, assumptions, and attitudes related to students with exceptional educational needs. Extensive consideration will be devoted to misconceptions about multicultural and bilingual aspects of special education as well as pedagogical approaches for including students with diverse learning styles and abilities in general eduation environments.

  • CHARACTERISTICS OF CD/EBD/LD
    Special Education 325

    This course addresses the characteristics of cognitive disabilities, emotional/behavorial disabilities, and learning disabilities. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the theoretical and historical issues related to the three most common disabilities. Specific application of theory and history will be applied to all three areas looking at characteristics across the life span. Inter-relationships of the characteristics, needs and implication for practice will be covered.

  • INTRODUCTION TO INDIVIDUALIZED DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF EEN
    Special Education 326

    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.

  • BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS
    Special Education 360

    The purpose of this course is to provide general strategies to promote effective behavior management in the inclusive educational environment. Focus will be on theories and practices for facilitating successful integration of children with disabilities in the regular education classroom or public school special education programs.

  • INCLUSIVE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
    Special Education 361

    This course is designed to help prospective special education teachers in grades K-12 learn to work effectively with students with mild disabilities. Instructional principles and strategies to provide quality instruction to help students become successful learners will be emphasized. Content emphasis includes models of instruction, and methods for delivering instruction including lesson planning and unit planning.

  • EVIDENCE BASED EARLY INTERVENTION FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
    Special Education 365

    This course examines relevant theories and pertinent research pertaining to care of infants and toddlers with special needs within the family setting and in group care programs. Content includes an examination of legislative action that calls for intervention services for the birth to three population in natural settings, screening and assessment procedures, eligibility criteria for service delivery, working closely with and supporting families, and team collaboration styles. Mental health issues related to infants and toddlers are examined in relation to those who provide care to this population.

  • MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY
    Special Education 376

    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.

  • PHASE 3 PORTFOLIO
    Special Education 380

    This course assists teacher candidates to develop their phase 3 portfolio which includes a philosophical statement which addresses DPI's core values; three narratives in the areas of assessment, instruction, and communication and collabration; and three to nine student-selected artifacts selected from course projects or related artifacts across the college and Department of Special Education, prior to their entrance into the Directed Teaching Block that provide evidence of the attainment of knowledge and skills related to WTS and CEC/NCATE standards.

  • TRANSITION PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
    Special Education 406

    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.

  • NONVIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION
    Special Education 409

    This course provides participants with certification or recertification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention as recognized by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). Techniques for de-escalating potentially harmful situations as well as strategies for responding to direct physical threats will be presented. The instructor is certified by CPI to provide training. Participants passing the exit exam will receive a one-year certificate in non-violent crisis intervention. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity and avoid wearing jewelry during the course. Students must purchase a workbook from the instructor the first day of class to participate. Students must purchase a workbook from the instructor the first day of class to participate.

  • ADVANCED BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
    Special Education 440

    The purpose of this course is to provide special educators with the knowledge and skills to intervene with children with intense patterns of behavior that prevent the student from accessing the general education classroom. Techniques for conducting functional behavior assessments and designing behavior intervention plans will be provided. In addition, legal aspects regarding behavior intervention will be provided.

  • INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH EBD
    Special Education 450

    The purpose of this course is to provide intervention strategies for working with children with severe emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies related to AODA, social skills curriculum, abuse/neglect, juvenile corrections, and medication management will be presented. In addition, methods for creating effective program models will be presented.

  • COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
    Special Education 458

    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.

  • FORMAL ASSESSMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
    Special Education 461

    This class provides the students with knowledge of the legal and ethical considerations related to the assessment of young children (Birth through age eight). Students will acquire skills related to developmental screening, determination of eligibility for special education, conducting norm-referenced assessments, writing reports, and communication with parents and other professionals. Prereq: Completion of all prior Early Childhood Education courses and restricted to students with professional ed admission and ECE majors.

  • EDUCATIONAL-DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT IN LD, E/BD, CD
    Special Education 462

    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.

  • CURRICULUM/METHODS COGNITIVE DISABILITIES - FUNCTIONAL
    Special Education 465

    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.

  • WORKING WITH PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & COMMUNITY AGENCIES
    Special Education 466

    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.

  • STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR
    Special Education 470

    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.

  • CURRICULUM, METHODS & MATERIALS FOR THOSE WITH MULTI DISABILITIES
    Special Education 476

    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.

  • PHASE 4 PORTFOLIO
    Special Education 480

    This course assists teacher candidates to develop their phase 4 portfolio which includes a philosophical statement which addresses DPI's core values; three narratives in the areas of assessment, instruction, and communication and collaboration; and three to nine student-selected artifacts selected from field-based experiences with children (special education fieldwork, general education fieldwork, and student teaching) that provide evidence of the attainment of knowledge and skills related to WTS and CEC/NCATE standards. At the end of the seminar, teacher candidates will present the portfolio to an interdisciplinary group of UW-W faculty and staff.

  • ACADEMIC INTERVENTION I
    Special Education 486

    The course is about reading for students with problems and disabilities through the use of theories, models, and specific research-based programs in phonemic awareness, decoding, reading and comprehension. We will examine the processes and skills children and adolescents engage in to read and understand literature and content within the curriculum. Specifically the difficulties encountered by students with language and learning differences will be reviewed and research providing "best practices" in teaching phonemic awareness, reading, decoding, and comprehension as a tool for literacy development will be emphasized. Students will develop personal philosophies and review and implement instructional strategies for teaching the development and fluency aspects of phonemic awareness, reading, decoding, and comprehension withing the special and regular curriculum.

  • ACADEMIC INTERVENTION II
    Special Education 487

    This course is about writers and writing. We will examine the processes and skills children and adolescents engage in to compose a quality written product. Specifically the difficulties encountered by students with language and learning differences will be reviewed and research providing "best practices" in teaching writing as a tool for literacy development will be emphasized. Students will develop personal philosophies and instructional strategies for teaching the development and fluency aspects of composition.

  • WORKSHOP
    Special Education 490

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.

  • SEMINAR - SPECIAL EDUCATION
    Special Education 494

    Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

  • SPECIAL STUDIES
    Special Education 496

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

  • EXCHANGE STUDY
    Special Education 497

    Variable topics.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Special Education 498

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits in degree. Prereq: Consent of instructor.