2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Special Education
Educational Theory & Practice
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EDSP 204 Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners
[formerly SPED 260 Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners]
3 cr.  Considers the characteristics of children with exceptional learning needs.  Examines the services and strategies to provide for the needs of each individual with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment.  This course includes a field experience.  Valid criminal background check required.

EDSP 205 Adult and Child Interaction Skills
[formerly SPED 210 Adult/Child Interaction Skills]
3 cr.  Provides the student with basic knowledge of adult-child interaction, support strategies, literacy development, and observation techniques.  A field experience is integrated into the course and assignments.  Valid criminal background check required.

EDSP 292 Independent Study
[formerly SPED 291 Independent Study]
V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for freshman and sophomore students to explore, under supervision, material not covered by regular college courses.  Approval of department chair required.

EDSP 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly SPED 292 Seminar]
V1-3 cr.  Provides students an opportunity to investigate topics pertinent to the field of Special Education.

EDSP 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly SPED 293 Workshop]
V1-9 cr.  Provides an opportunity for study in Special Education.

EDSP 298 Internship
[formerly SPED 290 Internship]
V1-6 cr.  Provides freshman and sophomore students with a supervised field experience in an appropriate setting specifically related to the student’s major/minor area.  In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.  Field placements are arranged through the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.  Valid criminal background check required.

EDSP 301 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
[formerly SPED 310 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.  Introduces a historical and theoretical background for teaching students with learning disabilities.  Presents a variety of approaches to teaching students with learning disabilities from preschool level through adult life.

EDSP 302 Teaching Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
[formerly SPED 311 Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.  Introduces a historical and theoretical background for teaching students with emotional disturbance.  Presents identification procedures and the variety of community and system options for these children, as well as classroom techniques and procedures for teaching students in the public schools.

EDSP 303 Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities
[formerly SPED 312 Teaching Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.  Provides a historical and theoretical background for teaching students with developmental disabilities.  Presents skills in assessment, instruction, and evaluation of students in school and community settings.  Valid criminal background check required.

EDSP 310 Supporting Diverse Learners through Collaboration
3 cr. Prerequisites: EDSP 204 and one Methods course. (F, Sp, Su)  Focuses on collaboration among the general educators, special educators, and other educational specialists to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.  The course will use a case study approach to emphasize teaming skills necessary for effective decision making, selection of evidence based practices, and implementation of school-wide prevention models.

EDSP 402 Individualizing Curriculum
[formerly SPED 415 Individualizing Curriculum (Preschool-12th Grade)]
3 cr. Prerequisites: admission to the teacher education and EDSP 301, and either EDSP 302 or EDSP 303.  Covers aspects of effective teaching with emphasis on curriculum familiarity, curriculum analysis, evaluation, individualizing programs, implementing programs, decision-making, and preparing children for success in general education classrooms.  An in-class practicum is included in this class.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.

EDSP 404 Teaching Special Populations
[formerly SPED 420 Teaching Special Populations]
2 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education; two of the following courses: EDSP 301, EDSP 302, EDSP 303; and consent of instructor.  Provides students with 65 hours of supervised practical experience.  Involves observation, assessment, lesson planning and implementation, data collection, and data-based decision making.  Includes seminars covering such topics as classroom organization and management and teaching students with special educational needs.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.

EDSP 405 Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities
[formerly SPED 405 Assessment of Students with Disabilities]
3 cr. Prerequisite: EDSP 301, EDSP 302, EDSP 303, and admission to Teacher Education Program.  Presents measurement principles and procedures and application of norm referenced, criterion referenced, and classroom-based procedures for students with disabilities.

EDSP 461 Positive Behavior Supports
[formerly SPED 375 Teaching, Learning and Behavior in the Schools]
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education.  Introduces principles of learning as conceptualized in applied behavior analysis.  Addresses classroom and school-wide discipline models.  Provides information and conducting functional behavior assessment, and emphasizes a collaborative problem-solving approach.

EDSP 462 Special Education Law, Policy and Practices
[formerly SPED 400 Legal and Current Issues in Special Education]
3 cr. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education and one of the following: EDSP 301, EDSP 302, EDSP 303.  Focuses on the legal precepts of special education and current issues in implementation of the law.

EDSP 492 Independent Study
[formerly SPED 491 Independent Study]
V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for junior and senior students to explore, under supervision, material not covered by regular college courses.  Approval of department chair required.

EDSP 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly SPED 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program.  Provides students an opportunity to investigate topics pertinent to the field of Special Education.

EDSP 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly SPED 493 Workshop]
V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for study in Special Education.

EDSP 496 Service Learning:  Special Education Clinic
[formerly SPED 494 Clinic]
V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for students to explore and develop applications of theoretical study in a particular area.  In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.  Field placements are arranged through the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.

EDSP 497 Education Methods:  Special Education
[formerly SPED 484 Special Education Student Teaching]
9 cr. Prerequisite: Approved student teaching application and completion of the special education course requirements.  Places the student in a supervised field experience in a special education P-12 setting that allows the student to demonstrate teaching skills in the classroom with a variety of learners.  Students, in collaboration with the mentoring teacher, engage students in learning and participate in related experiences associated with the teaching profession.  On-site mentoring and university supervision are integral to this experience.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.

EDSP 498 Internship
[formerly SPED 490 Internship]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson and completion of student teaching or approved equivalent experience.  Provides junior and senior students with a supervised field experience in an appropriate setting specifically related to the student’s major/minor area.  In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.  Field placements are arranged through
the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.

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