Special Education

Chair: Mary Brennan, Department of Special Education

The programs in teacher preparation link research and practice by ensuring candidates have the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and school leaders in a wide range of local school, university, and community settings. They are designed to instill a commitment to lifelong learning. Undergraduate and graduate teacher education candidates must complete an approved content area major (e.g., Art, Biology, English, Foreign Language, History, Mathematics) or equivalent to be recommended for the Early Childhood, Elementary, or Content Teaching Credential in New Jersey.

Mary Brennan, Specialist Professor and Chair. BA, Dominican College; MS, Lehman College. Areas of interest include learning disabilities assessment and education, student advocacy, and in-service training.
mbrennan@monmouth.edu

Wendy Harriott, Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty).
Associate Dean of the School of Education. BS, Bloomsburg University; MS, Marywood College; PhD, Pennsylvania State University. Professional interests include special education, behavior management, and inclusive education.
wharriot@monmouth.edu

Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty). BS, Clemson University; MA, California State University, Northridge; PhD, BCBA-D, University of California, Riverside. Professional interests include autism spectrum disorders (ASD), teacher implementation of evidence-based practices for students with ASD, and student-teacher relationships.
slauderd@monmouth.edu

Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Lecturer. EdD, Rutgers University. Professional interests include teacher retention in special education, science education, and students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
cmcarthu@monmouth.edu

Kathryn Servillio, Assistant Professor. BS, MA, EdD, West Virginia University. Professional interests include collaboration, differentiated instruction, and technology as it relates to special education.
kservili@monmouth.edu

Course usage information

EDS-330   Human ExceptionalitiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor, and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Code of Ethics, the Professional Practice Standards for Teachers of Exceptional Learners, and the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards are studied. Exploration of the similarities and differences among the cognitive, physical, cultural, social, and emotional needs of individuals with disabilities. Examination of the educational implications of characteristics of various exceptionalities. Educational implications for learners from diverse cultures and second-language learners will also be addressed. An overview of continuum of service delivery models will be explored with implications to various learners. Education majors only.

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EDS-332   Family/School/Community Partnerships and Resources, P-12Credits: 3   

Prerequisite: A minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focus on the legal and historical perspectives of family involvement in special education. Family systems theory and parent-professional partnerships in decision making are included for all learners, P-12. Identifying appropriate community resources for persons with and without disabilities and their families and strategies for transition and career planning are addressed. Education majors only.

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EDS-336   Classroom ManagementCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-330 and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The study and application of various theories of behavior management for students with and without disabilities. Practical application of theories for classrooms are included. Addressing social competence skills and facilitating positive interpersonal relationships in classrooms are discussed. Clinical Experience hours required. Education majors only.

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EDS-338   Assessment Approaches, P-12Credits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-330 and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An introduction to the use of assessment in making decisions about instructional grouping, exceptionality, eligibility, and educational programming. Students will learn about ethical standards for professional practice and standardized and teacher-developed assessment procedures. Practice is provided in using assessment data to make decisions about placement in a curriculum, pupil progress, appropriate long-term goals and short-term instructional objectives, and selection of instructional strategies. Both formal and informal assessment strategies are included. Clinical Experience hours required. Education majors only.

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EDS-342   Instructional Methods and Materials for Middle/Secondary Students with Mild/ Moderate DisabilitiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-330, EDS-336, EDS-338, and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Study and application of curriculum, methods, materials, classroom organization, and management for secondary students with mild/moderate disabilities. Clinical hours required. Education majors only.

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EDS-350   Individualizing Curricula and Systematic Instruction for Special EducationCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-330, EDS-332, and EDS-338, and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The development and application of research-based, effective teaching techniques, necessary adaptations, and supports to meet the learning needs of exceptional students, prescriptive models for intervention, and ways of observing, recording, and responding to behaviors. Clinical Experience hours required. Education majors only.

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EDS-352   Curricula, Methods, and Materials for Learners with DifficultiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EDS-330, EDS-336, and EDS-338, and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The development of educational programs and applications of curricula, methods, and materials appropriate for the strengths and needs of all students with disabilities and/or difficulties in special education and inclusive settings. Focus on identifying and creating adaptations to support students with difficulty learning in classrooms. Clinical Hours required. Education majors only.

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EDS-398   Special Topics in Special EducationCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule and a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in education to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis. Education majors only.

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EDS-499   Independent Study in Special EducationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

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. Application must be filed before registration.