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Special Education - Learning Disabilities (SM)

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Special Education

EDSE 301

Introduction to Special Education (3.0) 3 An introduction to the historical and legal bases of special education including learning disabilities. Research based examination of the models, theories, etiology and philosophy of teaching students with disabilities. Other topics include an overview of multiple disabilities, process of referral and development of an IEP, types of placements using least restrictive environment, continuum of services and identifying issues of diversity. Includes field experience. Prerequisite: admission to the school of education and PSYC 101.

Communication and Community

EDSE 302

  • EDSE 302 Community and Communication (3,0) 3. Developing effective communication among all participants in the education community involved the education, the law and use of technology for students with special needs. Topics include role discrimination among professionals, role of the paraprofessional, exploring advocacy groups, services and parent groups that assist the person or their family with issues related to the disability and the IEP process.. Understanding the ramifications of bias and prejudices towards persons with disabilities and the effect of cultural differences on communication. Candidates will also train in dispute resolution, preparing, organizing and running a meeting effectively and methods of active communication.

Introduction to Learning Disabilities

EDSE 320

Introduction to Learning Disabilities (4.0) 4 An examination of education research, characteristics, diagnostic principles and practices related to teaching students with learning disabilities including co-occurring diagnosis. and multicultural awareness. Includes field experiences in a LD setting, exposure and understanding of co-occurring disorders, their impact on the studentís education and placement, the role of a paraprofessional, current laws and legal requirements for development and implementation of an IEP including the use of technology. . Prerequisite PSYC 301.

Issues and Trends Impacting Learning Disabilities & Special Education

EDSE 401

Issues and Trends Impacting Learning Disabilities and Special Education. (4.0) 4 Contemporary issues in the education of students with learning disabilities and other special needs, assessment and identification as well as service delivery models and multicultural influences. Other topics include early intervention, diversity, transition, technology, and placement considerations Collaborating and consulting with other stakeholders including paraprofessional, social issues for the student, effective use of the IEP, IFSP, or Transition plan. Prerequisite EDSE 320.

Assessment & Diagnosis

EDSE 403

Assessment & Diagnosis (3.0) 3 An examination of the educational research and best practices related to assessment and diagnosis for identification, instruction and implementation of special education programs, with a focus on learning disabilities and co-occurring disorders. Other topics include legal responsibilities, reporting requirements and role of self-determination and the individualís rights, role of various teams, working and communicating with student, caregivers, paraprofessionals, professionals, administrators and other services, the use of problem based learning as well as additional methods of assessment and modification options. Candidates will also develop assessment tools based on case studies and understand the assessments associated with preschool (milestones) -and employment transitions Prerequisite: EDSE320

Instruction and Technology for Learning Disabilities- Preschool to Employment

EDSE 404

Instructions and Technology for Learning Disabilities: Preschool to Employment (4.0) 4 An examination of the research and best practices for identifying, implementing accommodations and modifications in the curriculum and instructional delivery for students with disabilities specifically learning disabilities and co-occurring disorders while considering multicultural issues. Topics include the manifestations of student disabilities with developmental stage, cognitive development and psychosocial development and use of assistive technology as well as ways ongoing assessment of the modification and the develop of re-modification, working with the paraprofessional for implementation and review, and strategies for promoting all areas of academics as well as social, emotional and cognitive aspects of the studentís development and the use of technology. (Whole child) Prerequisite: EDSE 402

Student Teacher Seminar: Learning Disabilities and Special Education

EDSE 480

Student Teaching Seminar: Special Education (1,0) 1 A seminar for teacher candidates during a student teaching internship in a special education classroom. Opportunity for all students in placement to review and question such areas as implementation of IFSP, IEP or 504 plans, working with primary care givers, students, paraprofessional and other professionals in the field, and review of methods of assessment and legal requirements/expectation for individual privacy and record keeping as well as areas of diversity and support/advocacy/service group resources.. Prerequisite: EDSE 320, EDSE403 and EDSE404, admission to student teaching and co requisite EDSE 492

Internship/Supervised Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities

EDSE 492

Internship/Supervised Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities (8.0) 8 Supervised student teaching internship in a special education classroom, focus on working with students with learning disabilities. Includes and opportunity to develop IEP with oversight as well as take part in IEP meeting. Includes working with various professionals and administrators as well as paraprofessionals. Prerequisite: EDSE410 and EDSE420, admission to student teaching, co-requisite: EDSE 480.

Exceptional Child and Adolescent

PSYC 301

Exceptional Child and Adolescent (3,0) 3 The study of physically, intellectually and socially exceptional children and adolescents, including their diagnosis, characteristics and unique educational needs. Topics include strategies for the classroom, IEP process, diagnoses of multiple disabilities and use of medication as well as diversity issues to consider. Candidates will use Problem Based Learning to study a case and provide recommendations for modifications and adaptations Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

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