SE Track Curriculum

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SE Track Curriculum

SE Track Course Details

Summer
SEDP 630 Trends in Special Education Includes an overview of legislation and case law pertaining to special education, characteristics of individuals with and without exceptionalities. Residents will become familiar with the general characteristics of children with and without exceptionalities relative to age, varying levels of severity and developmental differences manifested in cognitive, linguistic, physical, psychomotor, social or emotional functioning.
SEDP 501 Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities
Focuses on characteristics and identification of individuals with disabilities throughout the lifespan, as well as providing information on effective educational, psychosocial and behavioral interventions that serve as adaptations to the general curriculum.
SEDP 531 Educational Foundations for Collaboration and Universally Designed Learning
Focuses on providing residents with the knowledge of the foundation for educating students with disabilities, as well as the principles and processes for collaboration and consultation with educational colleagues, community professionals and families. Covers the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations underlying the role, development and organization of public education in the U.S.
SEDP 631 Classroom Management and Behavior Support
Provides an in-depth analysis of theoretical models, research and strategies for supporting positive behavior of students with various disabilities. Emphasis is on developing, implementing and evaluating behavior management programs in special education programs including functional assessment of behavior. As part of the course requirements, candidates complete approved modules in child abuse and neglect recognition and intervention.
SEDP 533 Educational Assessment of Students with Diverse Learning Needs
Focuses on current assessment theory, procedures and instruments used to evaluate students with high incidence disabilities in grades K through 12. The examination of both formal and informal assessment and their application in an educational setting and the designing of IEPs will be emphasized. Course will include the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of the instructional design based on assessment data.
SEDP 601 Methods I: Teaching Students in Special Education General Education
Provides an introduction to instructional strategies and organization of activities, including curriculum, media, materials and physical environment for children in grades K-12 with high incidence disabilities. Residents will develop skills to plan and deliver instruction in a variety of educational settings such as inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, self-contained classes and residential programs.

Fall
RTR Seminar
SEDP 602 Methods II: Teaching Students in Special Education General Education
Provides a study of instructional strategies and organization of activities with focus on elementary and secondary students with high incidence disabilities (in grades K-12) including curriculum, media, materials and physical environment. Candidates will use the foundation from Methods I as a context for developing skills necessary to provide the most effective classroom instruction for secondary students.
EDUS 660 Research Methods in Education
Designed to provide an introductory understanding of educational research and evaluation studies. Emphasizes fundamental concepts, procedures and processes appropriate for use in basic, applied and developmental research. Includes developing skills in critical analysis of research studies. Analyzes the assumptions, uses and limitations of different research designs. Explores methodological and ethical issues of educational research. Students either conduct or design a study in their area of educational specialization.
TEDU 561 Reading Foundations
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the theories, processes, and methodologies of reading instruction. Multidisciplinary, multicultural aspects of reading instruction are stressed. Topics of particular importance to the classroom teacher are emphasized.
SEDP 619 Multicultural Perspectives in Education
Designed to enhance cultural competence in diverse classrooms and schools. Major considerations include race, ethnicity, linguistic, gender, abilities and sexual orientation differences. Key concepts include structural, curricular and instructional facets of working successfully in diverse educational settings. Personal and theoretical constructs of race, ethnicity, culture, disability and other related concepts are explored.
SEDP 611 Secondary Education and Transition Planning
Explores the literature, research, issues and trends that are relevant to high school-aged students with high incidence disabilities as they prepare for their transition to life after high school.
SEDP 641-Independent Study All

Spring
RTR Seminar
SEDP 700 Externship
The externship experience for M.Ed. candidates requires the study and integration of theory with practice in a clinical setting supervised by an approved professional and university faculty member. This externship includes planned site visits by the university faculty member (at least four of the visits will be observations of the student in a teaching situation). The supervision provided emphasizes effective techniques to use when working with special education and general education teachers, instructional assistants, parents and students with disabilities.
SEDP 603 Theories, Assessment, and Practices in Reading for Students with High Incidence Disabilities
Designed to prepare special education teachers to instruct students with high incidence disabilities who exhibit reading deficits. Strategies, techniques and methods will be analyzed for their appropriate use with different types of reading/language problems. The course includes assessment practices and use of instruments that form the basis for instructional planning.
EDUS 607 Advanced Educational Psychology
Application of the principles of psychology to the teaching-learning process in the elementary classroom. Discussion will focus on the comprehensive development of individual learning experiences and educational programs from the point of view of the educator and administrator.