Education Special Education (EDS)

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EDS-500   Integrated Approach to Foundations of Special EducationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EDFOU, MAT

Focuses on topics related to Special Education as a profession. The study of legal, social, and educational issues related to diverse students across the life span; research-based approaches for assessment, intervention, and remediation for students with disabilities; and technology applications in the classroom guided by the Council for Exceptional Children Code of Ethics and the Professional Practice Standards for Teachers of Exceptional Learners, and the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards. Clinical hours required.

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EDS-502   Autism: Characteristics, Etiology, and Current IssuesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Content includes an overview of various characteristics and learning traits of students who are served within the category of autism spectrum disorders. Candidates will examine definitions, eligibility criteria, incidence rates, etiology and historical perspectives on autism. Perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of students, families, educational professionals, community personnel, and employers in relation to individuals with autism are also explored.

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EDS-522   Accommodating Learners with Special Needs in Inclusive SettingsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed to explore the concept of inclusion, discuss it from a theoretical and practical perspective, and present strategies necessary for inclusion to be successful. Included will be an emphasis on instructional strategies, differentiated instruction, accommodations and modifications, and communication and consultation techniques for co-teaching and professional collaboration.

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EDS-530   Research Issues and Trends in Special EducationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EDRES

An appraisal of current practices and issues in the field of special education is conducted through discussion and review of the research literature. P-12 educators explore the code of ethics and standards of practice in the field and are encouraged to become critical consumers of research as a foundation for practice. The ability to critically analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the research base in special education is emphasized.

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EDS-532   Physiological Aspects of LearningCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Extends candidates' knowledge of various applications of the physiological model of learning and learning disorders to various aspects of assessment and training of students with various learning, medical, and behavioral problems. Emphasis is placed on Learning Disorders (both right and left brain), ADHD (both inattentive and hyperactive), Social and Emotional Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disorders under the category of Other Health Impaired (Tourette Syndrome and other chronic disorders).

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EDS-534   Classroom Management in Inclusive SettingsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: EDS-572.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): MAT

Includes the study of the principles of behavior and a focus on the practical application strategies for teachers in inclusive settings. Factors that influence the behavior of students with disabilities and research-based techniques to facilitate positive teacher-student and peer relationships in a classroom environment are discussed. Clinical hours required.

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EDS-535   Technology and Students with DisabilitiesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): MAT

Focus is on instructor-centered and learner-centered integration of technology to provide a technological supportive environment to meet the special needs of students. Clinical hours required.

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EDS-537   Collaborating with Families, Students, and Professionals in Community and Educational SettingsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A study of social, legal, and educational issues related to diverse students across the life span, research-based approaches for assessment, intervention, and remediation for students with disabilities, and technology applications in the classroom; the impact of disability on the family system; communication skills needed for collaborating with diverse families; identifying and researching community resources for persons with disabilities and their families; and strategies for involving the families in the referral and evaluation and development process of transition and career planning as well as the selection of transition resources and services.

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EDS-542   Communication and Social Competence SkillsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on the development and improvement of speech, language and social competence skills for individuals with autism. Also included are research-based approaches to assessment, intervention and remediation of communication disorders for individuals with autism. The functional relationship between communication skills and behavior is also examined. (Field experience is required).

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EDS-550   Learning Theories and Applications in Educational SettingsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Covers various classical and contemporary philosophies, aspects and models of learning. Emphasis will be placed upon such topics as multiple intelligences, learning styles, teaching styles, information processing critical thinking skills, brain-based learning and other learning theories. Students will review and critique general learning theories, as well as investigate how people organize, encode, process, transform, utilize and articulate information presented in an instructional environment.

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EDS-552   Methods of Teaching Students with DisabilitiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-500, EDS-535, EDS-537, and EDS-572.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Methods in the field of special education are emphasized. Focus on identifying and creating accommodations and modification to meet the needs of all students in special education and inclusive settings. Clinical hours required.

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EDS-566   Assessment and Interventions for Individuals with Autism ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Assessment processes such as screening, diagnosis, and identification of developmental skills for individuals with autism are included. Focus is on assessment of specific skills in developmental domains, such as sensory, oral, motor, play, and communication and practical strategies detailing what to teach based on assessment data. Research-based interventions that promote progress in the areas of communication, social, academic, behavior, and sensory motor skills for students with autism are examined. An overview of numerous curricula approaches and materials for individuals with autism are also included. Methods for monitoring the impact of interventions are explored in a variety of service delivery models. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-567   Assessment and Interventions for Individuals with Autism IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: EDS-566.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Various assessment processes such as screening, diagnosis, and identification of specific skills for individuals with autism are included. Focus is on using assessment data from various developmental domains to plan, choose, and implement appropriate intervention strategies based on specific needs of an individual with autism. An overview of numerous curricula approaches and materials for individuals with autism is included in this course. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-568   Advanced Instructional Methods in Special EducationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: EDS-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A focus on the physical and instructional dimensions of teaching to include research-based strategies and techniques for learners with special needs; effective instruction for students with disabilities across the content area; accommodations and adaptations; technology across the curriculum; as well as the learning implications of classroom organization and planning. This course requires demonstration that enrollees are able to evaluate, design, structure and implement instructional techniques and curriculum adaptations for students with learning problems. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-570   Assessment and Curricula Interventions and StrategiesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A supervised clinical course where candidates develop assessment plans and conduct assessments of students (P-12) who are at risk or who have learning problems. Content includes: evaluation of sound assessment; reliability and validity; formal and informal assessment techniques; administration of norm-referenced and informal tests; analysis of data; and the interpretation of assessment for educational intervention and instructional planning. The knowledge and skills of the educational diagnostician are also emphasized.

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EDS-571   Management of Challenging BehaviorsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An overview of the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for individuals with autism is the main focus of the course. Included are methods to increase behaviors, decrease behaviors, maintain behaviors, and generalize behaviors. Observation skills, data collection, and monitoring effectiveness of interventions are practiced. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-572   Assessment Strategies and Applications in the ClassroomCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on the educational assessment of students P-12 who may be at risk or who have been identified as having learning problems. Course content includes a discussion of assessment processes and concerns, importance of early intervention and procedural considerations. The course also includes an emphasis on educational interventions and strategies necessary to create an environment that leads to success for all learners with special needs. Further topics that are presented include accommodations and adaptations; technology across the curriculum; and learning implications of classroom assessments, classroom organization and planning. Candidates must demonstrate that they are able to create informal assessments, analyze data and structure and collaborate about instructional techniques and curriculum adaptations for students with learning problems. Clinical hours required.

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EDS-580   Research Seminar in AutismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Research in the field of autism is emphasized. An overview of various types of research and methodologies is included in the course. Candidates will locate, interpret, analyze and synthesize the research base on autism. Candidates will prepare and implement a comprehensive research project and share the results. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-590   Diagnosis and Correction of Learning DisabilitiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-568, EDS-570, and completion of eighteen graduate credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on the legal and ethical foundations for assessment of school-age students. Strategies for the selection, administration, and scoring of formal and classroom-based educational and social assessments are addressed. Assessing students' levels of performance, interpreting results to enhance learner functioning and identifying service and programming options are explored. Collaboration with families and other professionals to assist in writing Individual Education Plans (IEP) is addressed.

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EDS-598   Special Topics in Special EducationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Permission of the program director is required.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The subject matter varies with the interest of the students and the professor teaching the course. The exact nature of the topic covered in any given semester is indicated in the student's transcript.

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EDS-599   Independent Study in Special EducationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Independent research in education in an area not substantially treated in a regular course offering, under the supervision of an Education faculty member; written evaluation of the research is required. For students with superior ability.

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EDS-601   Applied Behavior Analysis: Selecting, Defining and Measuring Behavior and Evaluating Behavior ChangeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Includes an overview of basic concepts associated with applied behavior analysis. Candidates will examine selecting, defining, and measuring target behaviors, as well as, learning to evaluate and analyze behavior change. Ethical considerations for behavior analysts and interpreting research related to behavior analytic principles are also explored.

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EDS-602   Applied Behavior Analysis: Reinforcement, Punishment and the Development of the New BehaviorCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: EDS-601.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Includes detailed information on types of reinforcement and reinforcement schedules, punishment by stimulus presentation and removal, and antecedent variables. Developing new behaviors by utilizing imitation, shaping, and chaining is also discussed.

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EDS-603   Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) PrinciplesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-601 and EDS-602; and students must be enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis or the Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Includes detailed information on decreasing behavior utilizing nonpunishment procedures, verbal behavior, self-management, contingency contracting and generalization of behavior. Ethical considerations for behavior analysts and functional behavior assessments are also discussed. Field experience required.

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EDS-604   Assessment and Analysis of Behavior ChangeCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-601, EDS-602, and EDS-603.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Includes detailed information on conducting functional behavior assessments (FBA) and choosing the appropriate treatment package based on the results of the FBA. Emphasis is also placed on identification of appropriate replacement behaviors based on the function of the behavior and intervention development. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-605   Research and Advanced Topics: in Autism and ABACredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-601, EDS-602, EDS-603, and EDS-604.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Includes detailed information on evidence-based practices associated with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasis is also placed on interpretation/analysis of peer-reviewed journal articles associated with autism interventions. (Field experience is required.)

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EDS-606   Ethics and Professionalism for Behavioral AnalysisCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-601, EDS-602, EDS-603, EDS-604 and EDS-605.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Content focuses on ethical considerations and professionalism within the field of behavior analysis. Emphasis is placed on interpretation/analysis of case studies in order to identify ethical and best practices within the field. Skills in collaboration, feedback, goal setting, termination and follow-up are discussed and integration of ethical and legal procedures into behavioral analytic practice with individuals and families is emphasized.

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EDS-610   Internship in Learning Disabilities Teacher-ConsultantCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-570 and EDS-590; and approval of the program director.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Teacher consultation in a public or private agency as part of a Child Study Team under the supervision of a certified Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and a faculty member.