Education Special Education (EDS)

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EDS-330   Foundations of Special Education: Development Across the LifespanCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor and a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education. The Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice are studied. Exploration of the similarities and differences among the cognitive, physical, cultural, social, and emotional needs of individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, including adolescent concerns and transition to adulthood. 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 through discussions on family characteristics and family systems theory. An overview of a continuum of service delivery models will be explored with implications for various learners. Education majors only.

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

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. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required to take this course.

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EDS-336   Classroom ManagementCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): EDS-330 and a minimum G.P.A. 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-337   Special Education Strategies in P-6 Social Studies and Content InstructionCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): EDS-330, EDS-336, EDS-338 and EDS-350

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Course content includes the development of educational programs and applications of social studies and content area curricula, methods, and materials appropriate for the strengths and needs of all students, including those with disabilities, in inclusive settings in P-6 schools. Course content will emphasize national and state standards for social studies education, cross-curriculum integration, particularly world languages and culture, personal and social problem solving, and situated cognition in social studies education learning. The essential elements of planning, instruction using technology, and assessment based on research and data are explored to teach students, including those with disabilities. Focus on identifying and creating adaptations to support students with difficulty learning in inclusive classrooms. Education majors only.

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

Prerequisite(s): EDS-330 and a minimum G.P.A. 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 in this course 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 measurable long-term goals and short-term instructional objectives, and selection of instructional strategies. The importance of parent participation in decision-making is included. Use of formal and informal assessment strategies are included. Education majors only. Clinical Experience Hours required.

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

Prerequisite(s): EDS-330, EDS-336, EDS-338, and a minimum G.P.A. 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   

Prerequisite(s): EDS-330, EDS-332, EDS-338 and a minimum G.P.A. 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   

Prerequisite(s): EDS-330, EDS-336, EDS-338 and a minimum G.P.A. 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   

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. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 is required to take this course. If a prerequisite is required it will be announced in the course schedule.

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EDS-499   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. Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair is required to take this course. Application must be filed before registration.