2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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Special Education (SPED)

SPED 5000 -  Universal Design for Learning (UDL)  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an important educational philosophy and set of principles & techniques that focuses on strategies and tools to help ALL students by accommodating their differences in inclusive classroom settings. Cross-listed with SPED 4400. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5010 -  Intentional Interventions for Exceptional Learners  (3 Credits)  

This course provides instructional strategies and interventions for students with a wide variety of disabilities. Implications for targeted and intensive interventions and assessment are considered. Cross-listed with SPED 4010. Max hours: 3 Credits

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5030 -  Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of special education by examining the history of special education, construction of dis/ability, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, aspects of disproportionality, and introduction to evidence-based instructional practices. Cross-listed with SPED 4030. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5050 -  Assessment & Advocacy for Multilingual Learners  (3 Credits)  

Students learn to gather and use assessment results within a strengths-based framework to advocate for appropriate programming, placement, instruction, and ongoing progress monitoring of multilingual students. Special attention is paid to linguistic and cultural bias in the field of assessment. Cross-listed with CLDE 5050. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5120 -  Negotiating The Special Education Teaching Process  (3 Credits)  

This course explores both theoretical and practical aspects of educating students with special needs. Students will examine the nature of disability, the history and legal basis for special education programming in American schools, as well as contemporary law governing the education of persons with disabilities. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5140 -  Assessment: Inquiry, Instruction, & Intervention  (3 Credits)  

Using a variety of assessment tools, students will focus on the educational assessment methods and procedures used in decision making and program planning for students with exceptional learning needs, with attention to pervasive issues pertaining to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Cross-listed with SPED 4140. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5151 -  Slashing Stigmas: Promoting Positive Behaviors  (3 Credits)  

This course works to transform perspectives and practices related to supporting student behavior in classrooms. Students will learn important considerations related to culture, race, gender and socioeconomic status, as they intersect with behavior and social emotional development. Cross-listed with SPED 4151. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5210 -  Foundations for Understanding Behavior  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of behaviors commonly witnessed in the classroom. It will provide strategies for assessment and guidance on legal processes which guide the development of individualized education and behavior plans. Specialize instructional methods and current events impacting the social emotional educations of students will also be discussed. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5300 -  Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration  (3 Credits)  

Focuses on the development of competencies in consultation and collaboration. The overall purpose is to encourage the development of understanding and skills that enhance a teacher's ability to work and communicate effectively with school personnel, including paraprofessionals and parents. The goal of collaboration is to support and determine together the instructional scenarios that best meet the needs of students. Specific competencies include problem solving, conflict resolution, data collection or observation skills, conferencing, facilitating meetings, and interacting with others while respecting diverse discourses and multicultural backgrounds. Cross-listed with SPED 4300. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5401 -  Advanced Seminar in Special Education  (3 Credits)  

Designed to allow an opportunity for special educators to compare and contrast the service delivery, funding mechanisms, professional ethics, and underlying assumptions of special and regular education. Trends in the field of special education are examined through review of current research. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

SPED 5440 -  Ethics and Implementation ABA  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to teach you ethical and professional conduct considerations in applied behavior analysis. We will review behavior change systems and implementation issues in the conduct of applied behavior analysis. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5450 -  Introduction to ABA and Terminology  (3 Credits)  

This course will introduce the history and basics of ABA with a focus on its related terminology. In addition, ABA benefits will be discussed, and emphasis placed on ethical considerations required for practicing ABA as a board Certified Behavior Analyst. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5460 -  ABA Practical Applications  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide a framework for the natural science of behavior. It will provide students with a systematic approach to understanding and precisely describing the behavior of individuals, and its relationship to environmental determinants. Prereq: SPED 5450. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5470 -  ABA Data  (3 Credits)  

This course will introduce how to collect and interpret different types of data, and the importance of making data-driven decisions for behavior change procedures based on functional relationships. Prereq: SPED 5450, 5460. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5480 -  ABA Advanced Data and Behavioral Plans and Applications  (3 Credits)  

Student will learn to use standard celeration charts and make data-driven decisions to write appropriate behavioral plans. They will also learn to use ABA strategies to enhance communication, to support individuals with ASD, and to benefit from systems supports. Prereq: SPED 5450, 5460, 5470. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5490 -  Autism In Early Intervention  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to implement recommended, evidence-based practices with young children with autism. The course will provide information on the etiology of autism, diagnostic procedures, evidence-based practices, and how to support families who have a young child diagnosed on the spectrum. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5495 -  Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis  (3 Credits)  

Students will learn how to apply basic behavioral principles to either novel client populations or using nuanced behavioral theories, like behavioral momentum theory or behavior economics. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5500 -  Transition and Secondary Methods in Special Education  (3 Credits)  

This course provides school leaders and practitioner with an understanding of the special education transition process as specified by federal and state guidelines, as well as effective teaching and learning strategies for secondary youth with disabilities. Cross-listed with SPED 4500. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5530 -  Language & Literacy Acqusition Div Lrn  (3 Credits)  

This course investigates the relationship between language and literacy acquisition. In the context of first and second language acquisition across the lifespan, the course focuses on bilingual and second language development, and on the acquisition of literacy by young children. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5600 -  Special Education Law: Ethics and Compliance  (3 Credits)  

Designed for school leaders and professionals to understand special education law and compare and contrast service delivery options . Cross-listed with SPED 4600. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

SPED 5740 -  Intersections of Literacy, Culture, & Exceptionality  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a foundational understanding of the complex intersections between literacy, culture, language, learning, and students with (dis)abilities. A primary goal is to address the particular needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners with exceptionalities, while also exploring the distinctions between language development and learning disabilities. Cross-listed with SPED 4740. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5780 -  Literacy Intervention for Exceptional Learners  (3 Credits)  

Provides the practitioner with an understanding of research-validated approaches, strategies, assessment tools and issues related to effective literacy instruction for students performing significantly below grade level. Practitioners can expect to be able to conduct thorough literacy assessments as well as be able to develop, implement, and evaluate individual reading and writing programs for individual students with the most challenging literacy needs. Cross-listed with SPED 4780. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5835 -  Special Topics  (1-6 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

SPED 5840 -  Independent Study: SPED  (1-4 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max Hours: 4 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 4.

SPED 5918 -  ABA Practicum  (1 Credit)  

The purpose of this practicum is to provide additional learning opportunities in the areas of working directly with clients / consumers, implementing evidence-based treatments to address behaviors of social significance, implementing treatment plans, and monitoring and analyzing data to make data-based decisions. Students must complete 1000 hours to meet BCBA requirements and 670 hours for BCaBA requirements. 100 hours is equivalent to 1 credit. Max hours: 10 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade with IP

Repeatable. Max Credits: 10.

SPED 5919 -  ABA Intensive Practicum  (0.5-5 Credits)  

Supervised field experience with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for time spent directly working with individuals who require behavioral support. Students must complete 750 hours to meet BCBA requirements and 500 hours for BCaBA requirements. 75 hours is equivalent to 1 credit. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail Only

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

SPED 5930 -  Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar I  (2 Credits)  

Special education teacher candidates engage in systematic observation of, participation in, design of and reflection on inclusive curricular, instruction and management practices. Graduated learning activities for each internship and time requirements are specified in the School Internship handbook and the Special Education Guidelines. In partner school, the site coordinator and site professor are responsible for coaching, supervision and site seminars. In internship outside partner school settings, cooperating teachers, district coordinators and/or university professors work with teacher candidates in the classroom and in seminars. Max hours: 2 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SPED 5931 -  Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar II  (2 Credits)  

Special education teacher candidates engage in systematic observation of, participation in, design of and reflection on inclusive curricular, instruction and management practices. Graduated learning activities for each internship and time requirements are specified in the School Internship handbook and the Special Education Guidelines. In partner school, the site coordinator and site professor are responsible for coaching, supervision and site seminars. In internship outside partner school settings, cooperating teachers, district coordinators and/or university professors work with teacher candidates in the classroom and in seminars. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

SPED 5932 -  Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar III  (2 Credits)  

Special education teacher candidates engage in systematic observation of, participation in, design of and reflection on inclusive curricular, instruction and management practices. Graduated learning activities for each internship and time requirements are specified in the School Internship handbook and the Special Education Guidelines. In partner school, the site coordinator and site professor are responsible for coaching, supervision and site seminars. In internship outside partner school settings, cooperating teachers, district coordinators and/or university professors work with teacher candidates in the classroom and in seminars. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

SPED 5933 -  Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar IV  (3-8 Credits)  

Special education teacher candidates engage in systematic observation of, participation in, design of and reflection on inclusive curricular, instruction and management practices. Graduated learning activities for each internship and time requirements are specified in the School Internship handbook and the Special Education Guidelines. In partner school, the site coordinator and site professor are responsible for coaching, supervision and site seminars. In internship outside partner school settings, cooperating teachers, district coordinators and/or university professors work with teachers, and candidates in the classroom and in seminars. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

SPED 7840 -  Independent Study: SPED  (1-6 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.