STUDIES-SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Mathews, Ed.D., Associate
Professor of Special Education
offers a five-year Liberal Studies-Special Education Program leading to
a Bachelorís Degree in Liberal Studies in 4 years and a Masterís
Degree in Special Education in 5 years. This program is designed for
students who want to become Special Education teachers. (See the Liberal
Studies section of this Catalog.) A professional portfolio is developed
during the five-year period. Students may choose to terminate their
course work at the end of the fourth year (with 126 credit hours) with a
Bachelorís Degree in Liberal Studies and not pursue the Masterís
Degree. However, students must complete the fifth year to become
endorsed to teach in Special Education.
Course Sequence - Special Education
selecting the non-thesis option must complete a three-credit class in
lieu of SPED 600 and also complete a three-hour comprehensive exam. (See
three-credit classes for the non-thesis option include: EDUC 549, EDUC
681, PSYC 523, PSYC 551, PSYC 660, ART 543, MATH 623, MUSC 546, or SCED
course selected must not have been taken during the undergraduate years.
special education minor may be pursued by students in any other major.
Students who wish to minor take the following sequence of courses: 19 credits
Intro to Special Education/3 credits
Language Disorders/3 credits
Credits from the following:
Human Growth and
EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
special fee is charged for all practicum and student teaching courses.
Intensive Courses **
Introduction to Special
Education. Introduction to all exceptionalities included in special
education; the psychology of exceptional learners and legislation
pertaining to the education of students with disabilities. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 220. Practicum
I. This course is
designed to provide students in special education with an early exposure
to a wide variety of school climates.
This will include observation of classroom interaction of
teachers with students having learning disabilities, mental retardation,
and emotional/behavioral disorders in segregated and integrated
settings; assistance to the teacher in completing daily activities. 1
education 295. Special
Topics. Selected topics in Special Education. The topics will vary
from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic
advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.
education 310. Behavior
Management Part I. A survey of applied behavior analysis techniques
used in the management of behavior of students. 3 credits. **
Must be taken concurrently with SPED 316.
Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad
in courses in special education. 1-18
education 313. Behavior
Management Part II. Strategies
for developing positive behavior intervention plans and supports from
behavioral, ecological, psychoeducational, and psychodynamic theories.
EDUCATION 316. Practicum
in Behavior Management. A field experience to observe behaviors
exhibited by students who are at risk, or who are diagnosed as having
learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or mild-moderate
mental retardation. This
course must be taken concurrently with SPED 310.
education 321. Reading
and Language Arts for Students with LD, E/BD, & MR. Research-based
strategies for teaching reading and Language Arts to Students with
Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, or Mild-Moderate
Mental Retardation. Emphasis on teacher-directed instruction and direct
instructional teaching models. 3 credits
Must be taken concurrently with SPED 323. Prerequisite: SPED 202.
Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Adaptations for Students with
LD, e/BD, &
mr. Emphasis on
strategies, accommodations, modifications, and collaboration for content
areas such as mathematics, social studies, and science. Prerequisite:
SPED 202. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 323. Practicum
in Reading Assessment and Tutoring.
A field experience tutoring students with learning disabilities,
emotional/behavioral disorders, or mild-moderate mental retardation in
reading. 1 credit.
Must be taken concurrently with SPED 321.
education 327. Practicum
II. Advanced teaching experience with students having mild/moderate
learning and behavioral problems. Prerequisites: SPED 310, 313. 3 credits. Ü
education 375. Language
and Language Disorders. A
study of normal development of language and delayed language acquisition
resulting from environmental and organic causes. 3 credits.
education 435. Introduction
to Assessment This
course is designed to introduce students to the assessment process in
special education by addressing foundational knowledge & issues
surrounding the construction of IEPís, curriculum-based measurement
and assessment (CBM & CBA), and teacher-made tests.
In addition, state assessments, such as SOLís, will be
discussed as they relate to special education students. 3 credits. **
202, 310, 313, 321, 322.
Intervention. Safe methods to help human services workers provide
care for violent individuals, non-verbal and verbal techniques to reduce
anxiety, principles of personal safety, and physical restraint and
control procedures. Prerequisites: Junior Level or above and permission
of instructor. 1 elective credit.
Effective Communication Among School Personnel, Families, &
Community Organizations. This
course is designed to investigate the interaction and communication
techniques necessary for teachers to support a student with disabilities
in the least restrictive environment.
The focus is on a collaborative/consultation model to be used in
consultations with parents, teachers, administrators, and community
agencies involved in the education of students with disabilities.1
SPED 202, 310, 313, 321, 322.
EDUCATION 495. Special
Topics in Special Education. Selected
topics in special education. The
topics may vary from semester to semester.
May be repeated for credit when topics change.
EDUCATION 498. Honors
Research in Special Education. Students
conduct research in special education under the direction of a faculty
member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.
May be repeated as 499. 3
Medical and Neurological
Problems of Exceptional Students. A comprehensive study of
environmental/hereditary factors affecting the child with disabilities
from the prenatal period through the school years. Educational
strategies for accommodating medical and neurological conditions in the
classroom. 3 credits.
Characteristics of Students
with Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, or Mental
Retardation. Definitions, theories of etiology, characteristics,
basis for various strategies and management, and criteria for placement
of students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders,
and mental retardation. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 545. Psychoeducational
and educational assessment, administration and interpretation of
informal, curriculum-based, standardized, and criterion-referenced
tests. Interpretation of
test results as a basis for placement and instruction.
Career and Life Planning
for Individuals with Disabilities. An in-depth study of preparatory
skills for vocational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
An overview of social, leisure and recreational opportunities for
individuals with disabilities. 3 credits.
Thesis Research. This
credit is awarded for the successful completion of a proposal, data
collection, final thesis paper, and thesis presentation. If a student
fails to complete the thesis during the semester enrolled, he/she may
take an incomplete; however, the thesis must be finished by the end of
the next academic semester. 3 credits. Ü
Seminar of Current Issues
in Special Education. A discussion of current selected issues in
special education such as litigation, legislation, personnel preparation
and research. 3 credits.
Graduate Internship. A minimum of 200 clock hours in a public or
private agency supervised by a faculty advisor in diagnosis,
consultation, or research. Prerequisite: Professional semester. 3