Special Education (SPED)


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: 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: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
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 500. FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: admission to the MEd Special Education program and concurrently enrolled in SPED 510.
The purpose of this course is to give students an accurate, objective overview of: special education services; special education legislation; historical backgrounds; educational approaches; etiologies of disabilities; and characteristics of individuals with disabilities.

SPED 510. INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: admission to the MEd Special Education program and concurrently enrolled in SPED 500.
The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge of evidence-based teaching methods that support the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Students will learn about the big ideas of instruction in reading, writing, math and spelling. They will gain an understanding of principles of explicit instruction and specific strategies to differentiate instruction for students with disabilities included in the general education classroom.

SPED 515. MANAGING STUDENT BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL INTERACTION SKILLS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500 and SPED 510.
The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge of the principles of behavior and experience assessing behavior and developing effective management strategies in classrooms. Students will learn vocabulary and methods for explaining behavior and promoting positive social behavior. Students will study a range of topics from principles of reinforcement and punishment to methods of analyzing the effectiveness of an intervention.

SPED 530. SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION FOR HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500 and SPED 510.
The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based academic intervention programs commonly used with students with disabilities to teach reading, writing, spelling and math. Students will learn about the research base for these programs and gain practice teaching with them.

SPED 539. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-15 Credits.

Special Topics.

SPED 540. SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND EVALUATION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500 and SPED 510.
The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to evaluate, interpret, select, develop, and use formal and informal assessment tools specifically for individuals with special needs. Students will gain an understanding of the professional and legal guidelines that must be followed when assessing students in the process of special education service delivery.

SPED 550. SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION FOR LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500 and SPED 510.
The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to implement instructional techniques and skills for working with children and youth who have severe disabilities. This course will include information on how to evaluate, plan and implement community-based interventions based upon current best practices and philosophical priorities within the field. The focus will be on techniques and strategies that lead to independent and generalized behaviors.

SPED 560. INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500, SPED 510, SPED 540.
The purpose of this course is give students the knowledge and skills to participate in the writing of legally compliant Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities that reflect best practices in the field of special education. Knowledge of legal requirements and how to collaborate with students, educators, parents and community agencies in this process will be emphasized.

SPED 570. SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500 and SPED 510.
The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to teach young children with disabilities in the public school system. Students will learn about the unique needs of young children and approaches to providing interventions for young children with disabilities. Students will learn to plan, implement and evaluate developmentally and individually appropriate curricula and intervention techniques.

SPED 610. SPECIAL EDUCATION PORTFOLIO. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: SPED 500, SPED 510, SPED 515, SPED 530, SPED 540, SPED 550, SPED 560, EDUC 695.
The purpose of this course is for the student to prepare reflections and evidence to document her/his knowledge and competence in the Washington State Special Education Competencies for an add-on endorsement in special education as established by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). The student provides a formal presentation of her/his electronic portfolio as a culminating experience in the program.