SPECIAL EDUCATION


EDSP 2304. Introduction to Special Education - course consists of: developmental stages and characteristics of students with disabilities; historical, ethical, and legal foundations for special education, vocabulary, terminology, and acronyms for special education and field experience working with students who have disabilities.  Field experience:  6 hours 


EDSP 3305. Trends, Issues, Policies and Procedures - course consists of:  legal, ethical, professional and procedural issues in special education;  review/attendance of actual legal or administrative proceedings involving special education issues.  Field experience:  5 hours

EDSP 3306. Instructional Strategies in Special Education - course consists of:  special modifications, including assistive technology and instructional techniques for students with disabilities.  How to write and implement Individualized Education Programs (IEP's).  Writing lesson plans using a Multiple Intelligences approach that address the individual needs of all students, regular and special education alike, for use in an inclusionary classroom.  Prerequisite: EDSP 2304 and EDUC 3302..

EDSP 3308. Assessment of Students with Special Needs - course consists of:  writing and administering skill-specific tests for students with disabilities;  writing reports on tests results from these individual assessments.  Analyzing specific needs of students with disabilities, and then writing assessments that meet these needs.  Field experience where students go out into the special education classrooms, work with students, develop assessments for these students, and then administer said exams.  Prerequisite:  EDSP 2304.  Field experience:  6 hours

EDSP 4305. Teaching Math to Students with Special Needs - Provides research based instruction for special need students, emphasizing IEP implementation of the basic math processes including problem solving, number theory, geometry and in use of assistive technology. Prerequisite: EDSP 3304.

EDSP 4315. Strategies for Management of Behavior - This course provides techniques for applied behavioral analysis; proactive intervention strategies, reinforcement and reductive techniques, and crisis prevention strategies. Emphasis is placed on behavioral intervention for individuals and groups, including application of techniques of students with emotional disorders. Prerequisite: EDSP 3304.

EDSP 4347. Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Students with Special Needs - This course provides research based instruction for special need students, emphasizing IEP implementation of basic literacy phonological awareness, word study and spelling, fluency, comprehension, and writing across content areas. Prerequisite: EDSP 3304.

EDSP 4349. Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Incidence Disabilities - teaching
Students with High Incidence Disabilities provides a comprehensive and engaging overview of characteristics, assessment and current issues related to the education of students with high incidence disabilities. This course will provide well researched and up to date information on learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, mild mental retardation as well as other high incidence disabilities within applied educational settings. Prerequisite: EDSP 2304

EDSP 4350. Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities - Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities provides a comprehensive and engaging overview of characteristics, assessment and current issues related to the education of students with high incidence disabilities. This course will provide well researched and up to date information on learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, mild mental retardation as well as other high incidence disabilities within applied educational settings. Prerequisite: EDSP 2304


EDSP 5304. Survey of Exceptionalities - This course provides an in-depth study of the field of special education. The developmental stages, specific characteristics, and unique needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are defined, researched and analyzed along with the philosophical, historical, ethical, and legal foundations for special education. Terminology and acronyms associated with special education, Transitional Services, and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) are defined and researched.

EDSP 5305. Special Education Law - This course will research and explore Special Education Law and how it impacts the operation of schools today. Case law will reveal probable areas of concern as students in this course delve into the Special Education Code of Ethics. Law terminology will be memorized and applied to the multiple levels of special education. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.

EDSP 5306. Methods and Materials for Teaching Students with Disabilities - This course will research and analyze the selection and use of specific types of instructional strategies and modification techniques unique to Special Education, as well as creative approaches for adapting curriculum for such purposes. Students will research and practice various types of testing techniques and the development of IEP's for special education instruction. Instructional techniques are mastered so that classroom teachers are equipped to meet the individual needs of students in special education based on the assessment data obtained in the evaluation process according to the materials presented in class. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.

EDSP 5307. Math Instruction from the Special Education Perspective - teachers will learn the unique perspectives of teaching math to students with disabilities. Teachers will explore mathematical concepts and strategies for students who struggle with math in the classroom due
to an IDEA disability.

EDSP 5308. Appraisal of Students with Disabilities - Students will study and practice various assessment techniques that are used daily in special education. Procedures for administering these assessments will be researched and practiced prior to students entering their field experience where they will administer tests independently. Students will then produce reports to go with each test administered and will present these results to the class. Assessment regulations will be strictly followed as applied to federal and state law. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.

EDSP 5315. Behavior Management Techniques for Students with Disabilities - This course provides an in-depth study of applied behavioral analysis; proactive intervention strategies, reinforcement and reductive techniques, and crisis prevention strategies. Research of behavioral interventions for individuals and groups, including the application of techniques for students with emotional disorders will enable the students to address these types of behaviors in the classroom setting. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.

EDSP 5353. Internship in Educational Diagnostics - Educational diagnostician internship is the culminating field experience and one-semester apprenticeship served at the end of the preparation program. The intern works with a licensed professional educational diagnostician in a testing setting with a minimum of six (6) weeks of full responsibility in the testing environment. The intern experiences the daily routine of planning, administering, scoring, and report writing of diagnostic tests in preparation for determining student eligibility for special education. During this experience, interns will prepare an electronic portfolio, hone skills of test administration, prepare to enter the job market, and complete the requirements for professional licensure.

EDSP 5357. Teaching Students with Reading, Language, and Communication Disorders
-This course provides research based instruction for students with special needs, emphasizing IEP implementation of literacy, phonological awareness, word study and spelling, fluency, comprehension, and writing across content areas, as well as functional analysis and interventions for students with language and communication disorders. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.

EDSP 5358. Achievement, Ability, and Processing Tests -Students will study theory and application of administering, scoring, and interpreting testing instruments designed to measure school achievement, cognitive processing, and academic abilities in psycho-educational evaluations. The selection of reading and math inventories to individualize instruction is also included. Students will also study and practice report writing, including making recommendations for classroom modifications and changes in teaching strategies, to help students with special needs benefit from their educational programs. This course also addresses best practices for testing and assessment of individuals with disabilities. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.

EDSP 5359. Individual Cognitive Assessment - This course is designed to address the administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual intelligence and cognitive assessment instruments. it includes practice of assessments, report writing, and recommendations for specific adjustments in teaching strategies and materials. Prerequisite: EDSP 5304.