Course Topics

EDUC 240 Home, School, and Community
This pre-K to 12 course examines the dynamic relationship between families, school, and the community. Evaluation, legal aspects, and services to preschool students with disabilities including the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be explored. The course offers continued focus on collaborative team efforts and the importance of establishing strong links between home, school, and other service providers so the learning experiences of students from preschool through transition to the adult life are maximized.

EDUC 242 Introduction to Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Issues
This K–12 introductory course includes a historical perspective to the field of learning disabilities and behavioral issues, characteristics and etiology, definitions and identification procedures, conceptual orientations, treatment and intervention, impact of the disability throughout the lifespan on the individual and family, and current trends and issues.

EDUC 245 Career/Vocational Assessment and Instructional Planning
This K–12 course covers the assessment of career/vocational skills and interests, aspects of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) which specifically address transition, transition meetings, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), community-based instruction, and the school/community services and service providers who would be involved in student transition.

EDUC 246 Classroom Management and Collaboration
A K–12 course in individual behavior management, behavioral change strategies and classroom management for working with elementary and secondary students in special education. Methods and strategies for consulting and collaborating with parents, paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, support service personnel, and other individuals involved in the education program will be covered.

EDUC 344 Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Issues
This course provides an exploration of the various methods, techniques, and materials that are used in the education of students who have learning disabilities and behavioral issues in a variety of different settings including the general education classroom. Methods and materials for instruction in mathematics, reading, written language, spoken language, social skills, listening skills, organizational skills, and skills to enhance life/career choices will be addressed.

EDUC 347 Assessment in Special and Remedial Education
This K-12 course is an introduction to the assessment process using specific protocols for formal assessment, special education legal guidelines concerning assessment, interpretation of assessment data, the use of such data in instructional planning and basic technical aspects of assessment. There is a significant emphasis on literacy skill evaluation, and this course is required of all students seeking the Instructional Strategist II: behavior disorders/learning disabilities and/or reading endorsement.

EDUC 215 Clinical Experience I in the Schools
Student works as an observer-aide under a teacher in a public/private area school. Concentrated instruction in preparation for these duties plus seminars that accompany the experience. Seminars include the following topics: ethics, professionalism, an introduction to program competencies; and dispositions, including reflective practice.