MAT Special Education Courses
These Course Descriptions are provided for your easy reference. However, the official source for course descriptions is the current Graduate Catalog.
EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications
Examines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices. Special emphasis is given to recent empirical findings and to practical applications and theory to educational settings.
EDUR 7130 – Educational Research
A comprehensive overview of topics related to research as it is applied to educational settings. Emphasis is placed upon methods of quantitative and qualitative research, especially in regard to applied and basic research in education.
ESED 5234G – Cultural Issues: ESOL
The principles of culture and its link to second language learning, as well as, problems of teaching in a multicultural classroom. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.
READ 7131 – Approaches to Literacy Instruction
Provides an overview of the basic program of literacy instruction. Includes activities that foster the development of strategic readers, familiarity with current literacy resources, integration of technology into literacy education, and familiarity with approaches to and models of instruction. Considers the stages of an individual’s literacy development, as well as effective teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and organization for instruction.
SPED 5799G – Student Teaching in Special Education
Student teaching is a period of guided teaching practice. Under the direction of a supervising teacher, students gradually assume increasing responsibility for classroom instruction and management. During this experience, students are expected to engage directly in many of the activities which constitute the wide range of a teacher’s responsibility. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all other teaching field courses and professional education sequence and must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching. Corequisite(s): SPED 4430.
SPED 6130 – Introduction to Special Education
Designed to examine the etiology, incidence, diagnosis, characteristics and philosophical and educational implications of the full range of students who demonstrate a need for additional educational services in order to achieve full potential. It is a prerequisite to Master’s level coursework in Special Education and meets the educational requirements mandated by H.B. 671.
SPED 6230 – Assessment and Procedures in Special Education
This course is designed to provide graduate students with pre-requisite skills in procedures, and assessment in Special Education. More specifically, this course provides a review of a variety of assessment techniques, including observations, teacher-made tests, criterion referenced assessments, curriculum-based assessment, and standardized evaluation tools for program planning purposes for individuals with special learning needs. In addition, this course provides knowledge about legislative requirements and the procedures associated with assessment, placement, and instruction of students with disabilities. Prerequisite(s): SPED 6130.
SPED 6231 – Special Education Laws and Procedures
This course provides knowledge about legislative requirements and the procedures associated with assessment, placement, and instruction of children with special needs. Individual Education Plans, eligibility reports, and transition plans are designed within the current legal and legislative context of special education. Prerequisite(s): SPED 6130.
SPED 6330 – Classroom Management
This course is designed to provide graduate students with pre-requisite skills in classroom management and procedures. More specifically, this course provides an overview of basic procedures for instructional and behavior management of students with disabilities. In addition, this course provides knowledge about legislative requirements and the procedures associated with instructional and behavioral management. Also included in this course is a review of a variety of assessment techniques including observation, interviews, and other informal assessment techniques for use with individuals with disabilities. Prerequisite(s): SPED 6130.
SPED 7133 – Collaboration Across the Life Span
An in-depth examination of the issues confronted by individuals with disabilities and their families across the life span is provided. The consultative and collaborative skills necessary to work with students with disabilities, parents, student services personnel, and community agencies across the life span are taught. Emphasis is placed on planning and implementing transitions at all stages.
SPED 7136 – Language Development
Provides a review of the types and causes of language problems found in exceptional child populations. Provides instruction and demonstration in diagnostic and developmental/remedial techniques in the area of speech/language.
SPED 7630 – Seminar in Special Education
Requires students to address a series of topics central to current research and practice in Special Education as they relate to a specific area of disability. Students will be required to prepare for and lead class discussion on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 hours in M.Ed. Program.
SPED 7631 – Perspectives on Mild Disabilities
This course is designed to provide graduate students with a review of the characteristics of students with mild disabilities and the implications for their education and development. In addition, graduate students will reflect on the inter- and intra- individual differences which define the uniqueness of students with mild disabilities. Course content will integrate legal and social issues related to the instruction of students with mild disabilities. Prerequisite(s): Prior or concurrent enrollment in SPED 6230 and SPED 6330.
SPED 7632 – Methods for Mild Disabilities
This course is designed to provide graduate students with skills in social and learning methods for students with mild disabilities. More specifically, this course provides an overview of basic methodology for academic and social instruction for students with disabilities. In addition, this course provides knowledge about the identification and implementation of a variety of teaching methodologies appropriate for learners with mild disabilities. Prerequisite(s): SPED 7631.
SPED 7796 – Internship in Special Education
This field-based internship involves the implementation of prescriptive methods for teaching students with disabilities at either the Mild or Moderate/Severe levels. Interns must complete contact hours in a P-12 classroom serving students with the categorical focus identified in the student’s program of study. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in SPED 7632 and SPED 7635.
Last updated: 2/3/2016