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For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.

SPE-220 | Field Experience in Special Education | 1 to 2 credits
This course is designed to give students practical experience in a special education setting usually for two hours per week. Students spend time observing, tutoring or assisting special education teachers as he/she deems appropriate. A student may enroll in SPE 220 for additional 1-2 credit hours. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into teacher education program.

SPE-260 | Psychology of the Exceptional Individual | 3 credits
This course offers an overview of physical, mental, emotional and medical exceptionalities that affect growth and development. Etiology, characteristics and federal regulations affecting educational programming of students with disabilities are emphasized. The IEP/ITP/IFSP process is presented and the student conducts case studies in an effort to understand each process. Special education law is an area of concentration as is disability awareness.

SPE-261 | Behavior and Group Management | 3 credits
This course is a survey of individual and group management techniques using a variety of methods based on humanistic, behavioral, cognitive and psychological theories. There is a special emphasis placed on understanding children with behavioral/emotional disabilities. The course is designed to help develop and implement positive behavior management to include interventions, strategies and supports as appropriate for an individual student. A strong emphasis is placed on special education law and the IEP process.
Prerequisite: Take SPE-260

SPE-270 | Interacting With Parents & Professionals | 3 credits
This course is designed to increase knowledge in the field of special education. The major emphasis of the course is to help the pre-service teacher interact effectively with parents, professionals and students with special needs. Through case studies, students study, discuss, share and simulate effective ways to communicate information with parents and other professionals in an educational setting. Students will develop IEPs.
Prerequisite: Take SPE-260

SPE-291 | Workshops in Special Education | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of special education with emphasis on new trends, laws, methods, etc.

SPE-292 | Workshops in Special Education | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of special education with emphasis on new trends, laws, methods, etc.

SPE-293 | Workshops in Special Education | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of special education with emphasis on new trends, laws, methods, etc.

SPE-294 | Workshops in Special Education | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of special education with emphasis on new trends, laws, methods, etc.

SPE-320 | Practicum in Special Education | 2 credits
This course offers the students experience in a special education setting and is recommended for all education majors prior to student teaching. It involves a minimum of two weeks of full day in-school activities including observation, aiding, lesson preparation and teaching. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the department.

SPE-360 | Assessment of Exceptional Learners | 3 credits
This course is designed to investigate a wide variety of assessment materials. Students will explore traditional as well as authentic assessment procedures including multiple intelligence theories. Students will utilizes various forms of assessment including but not limited to: formal, informal, standardized, non-standardized, teacher-made, authentic and portfolio.

SPE-361 | Diagnostic Instruction:Early-Transition | 3 credits
This course is an introduction to analysis of task and sequence of instruction, leading to the development, implementation and evaluations of instructional techniques and strategies used in meeting the needs of students on IEPs, IFSPs and ITPs. A special emphasis on early childhood and transition and special education law is included. The student develops IEPs, IFSPs and ITPs.

SPE-390 | Consultation & Collaboration & Inclusion | 3 credits
This course is designed to increase the student's knowledge of the field of special education. The major emphasis of this course is to help pre-service teachers in their professional interactions by sharpening their interpersonal communication skills. Another major emphasis of this course is to increase the student's knowledge about the concept of inclusion and lesson modification.

SPE-440 | Curriculum and Instructional Strategies | 3 credits
This course is designed for student teachers and is taught during a block of classes at the beginning of the special education student teaching semester. This is an intensive course dealing with all previously gained special education knowledge in such areas as inclusion of special needs students, special education law, employment for mildly disabled students and various instructional models. The major emphasis of this course is to add strategies to the student teacher's repertoire which will aid in the education of students with mild disabilities, including but not limited to: assessment in language, problem-solving, curriculum-based measurements, whole language, reading, math and general best practices.

SPE-442 | Learning Disabilities: Methods/Materials | 3 credits
This course is designed to be taught as part of the block class schedule during the first part of the special education student teaching semester. This course deals primarily with special needs students who have learning disabilities. This course reviews special education law including any current law or court cases regarding disciplining students with disabilities, reviews professionalism in special education and prepares the student teacher to combine past knowledge during the student teaching experience.

SPE-460 | Special Education Student Teaching | 10 credits
This student teaching experience is for the student seeking certification to teach K-12 special education. The student teacher observes and teaches in a special education setting under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, principal and college supervisor. Pre-service teachers monitor the progress of students toward the IEP goals. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Prerequisite: Acceptance by Teacher Education Committee