Special Education Courses


Special Education Courses


SPED 360. SPECIAL EDUCATION RESEARCH METHODS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: EDUC 201.
This course provides a critical analysis of research methodologies in special education. Emphasis is placed on developing student skills in asking and answering sound research questions.

SPED 363. INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION. 4 Credits.

Overview of definitions, causes, characteristics and educational approaches concerning students with disabilities and exceptional students.

SPED 399. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Subjects vary according to faculty and student interest.

SPED 412. INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363.
Overview of trends and services related to providing intervention for young children with disabilities (ages 0–8) and their families.

SPED 415. ADVOCATING FOR FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 412.
This course provides content related to the field of early childhood special education. It is helpful to have a strong understanding of the field of early childhood special education when in a position to advocate for families with young children with special needs. This course is specifically designed for students who are not pursuing teacher certification and likely to work with others in providing services to young children with special needs and their families.

SPED 420. PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR FOR STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363.
Overview of principles of behavior change and how they apply to students with exceptional needs.

SPED 421. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTINGS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363, SPED 420.
Covers fundamental knowledge and experiences for assessing and developing effective management strategies in special education classrooms.

SPED 460. SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363.
Overview of the primary instructional and behavior management techniques needed to work successfully with persons with special needs.

SPED 461. SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION FOR LANGUAGE ARTS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 460.
This course provides students with skills in designing explicit instruction lessons for reading, writing and spelling as well as using scientifically-validated reading, writing and spelling curricula. The focus is on using specially designed instruction for students with disabilities.

SPED 462. METHODS FOR TEACHING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM AND SEVERE DISABILITIES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363, SPED 460.
Covers instructional techniques used to teach skills to students with autism and severe disabilities.

SPED 463. METHODS FOR TEACHING INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363, SPED 412, SPED 460.
Covers intervention strategies for teaching infants and young children with disabilities skills in home-and center-based programs.

SPED 464. SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION FOR MATH AND CONTENT AREAS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 460.
This course develops skills in designing explicit instruction lessons for math and content areas as well as using scientifically-validated math and content area curricula. The focus is on using specially designed instruction for students with disabilities.

SPED 470. SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363, SPED 460.
Covers how to evaluate, interpret, select, develop and use formal and informal assessment tools specifically for students with special needs.

SPED 472. ASSESSMENT OF INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363, SPED 412, SPED 460.
Covers how to evaluate, interpret, select, develop and use formal and informal assessment tools specifically for infants and young children with disabilities and their families.

SPED 480. INCLUSIONARY PRACTICES AND COLLABORATION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 363, SPED 460.
Covers information and skills needed to collaborate effectively with students, educators, parents and agencies to implement appropriate special education programs.

SPED 488. SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM. 3 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail; must be completed twice for a total of 6 credits.
Pre-requisites: EDUC 200 and permission of instructor.
Students observe and demonstrate effective teaching practices in a special education setting.

SPED 489. SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT TEACHING. 16 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: SPED 490 and permission of instructor.
Provides the student with teaching experience in a special education setting.

SPED 490. SPECIAL EDUCATION CAPSTONE. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: to be taken the quarter before student teaching; permission of instructor required.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
This is a culminating experience for the special education major. Students are required to integrate knowledge from other courses and apply it to a variety of situations. This course is required for special education and dual endorsement majors.

SPED 491. SENIOR THESIS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: invitation of the instructor/advisor.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement; replaces ITGS 400 as a senior capstone experience.
Directed research resulting in a formal write-up. Limited to those students for whom research experience will be helpful in obtaining entrance to graduate school.

SPED 495. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING. 1-12 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean (interview required).
Individual learning and career development course with an off-campus internship contract coordinated through the Internship Program.

SPED 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

SPED 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-10 Credits.

SPED 498. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

SPED 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-10 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

SPED 539. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-15 Credits.

Special Topics.