An introduction to special education including an overview of historical/legal foundations, individualized educational plans, and exceptionalities in childhood. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of learning disorders (i.e., learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, and mental retardation).
An introduction to culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities. Topics covered include the types of disabilities among children from various cultural and language backgrounds, perception of disabilities across cultures, reasons for the overrepresentation of various racial and ethnic groups in special education programs, the effects of second language acquisition on current classroom learning, and the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with learning difficulties.
An examination of the methods and curriculum that have been demonstrated to be effective for students with learning disorders.
Overview of the common behavior and emotional disorders commonly found in general and special education settings. An introduction to the principles of effective inclusive teaching, behavior management, applied behavioral analysis, functional assessment, and intervention.
Methods for the special education teachers, reading specialists, and school psychologists to work cooperatively with general educators to effectively teach students with disabilities. This course presents observational techniques, consulting skills, effective communication skills, and dealing with resistance. Applications to working in teams and committees are examined.
Advanced techniques in the teaching, management, and intervention of students with severe behavior disorders. Applied behavior analyses, cognitive behavior modification, and social skills training will be among the techniques discussed.
Examination of the characteristics of students with low incidence disabilities. Emphasis on effective trends and practices in their education.
Comparison of various methods used in the diagnosis of learning problems. Selection, administration and analysis of tests plus writing educational prescription.
Focus on theory and skills to work collaboratively with families and professionals at an individual, group and systems level. Includes knowledge of diverse family influences on student learning, and introduces theoretical application of system thinking to work with families and organizations.
Diagnostic and prescriptive teaching with children who have learning or behavior problems. Development of IEPs. Laboratory course.
Development of literacy processes and skills at all levels; examination and evaluation of current instructional and assessment practices, research, and materials.
Assessment and evaluation of literacy. Examines formal and informal assessment measures, instructional techniques and materials, and clinical programs and approaches.
Identification of components of effective corrective literacy programs. Description and application of specialized literacy techniques, assessment, and material. Evaluation and design of literacy instructional approaches for students with specialized learning needs.