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Courses

What will I study?

Coursework is supplemented with field experiences which give you an opportunity to use newly acquired skills directly in the classroom environment. Classes start at or after 4pm or are offered in the summer to accommodate teacher work schedules.

Core Courses

  • SPE 609 - Teaching Children and Adolescents with Autism (3 credits)
  • SPE 618 - Augmentation of Communication in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
  • SPE 623 - Families of Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPE 634 - Collaboration/Cooperation in Schools (3 credits)
  • SPE 644 - Significant Disabilities/Shifts in Paradigms and Practices (3 credits)
  • SPE 649 - Practicum in Significant Disabilities* (1 credit)
  • SPE 705 - Practicum in Psychoeducational Evaluation and Planning for Exceptional Children (early childhood or school-age section)* (3 credits)
  • SPE 653 - Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviors (3 credits)
    OR
    EDU 664 - Creating Safe and Peaceful Schools (3 credits)

Research Related Courses

  • SPE 690 - Capstone Project (Independent Study, 3 credits)

Elective courses by advisement (2 required)

  • DSP 614 - Critical Issues in Disability and Inclusion (3 credits)
  • DSP 688 - Social Policy and Disability (3 credits)
  • COU 723 - Psychological, Social, and Cultural Aspects of Disability (3 credits)
  • EDU 655 - Educational Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • LAW 763 - Disability Law (3 credits)
  • RED 600 - Literacy, Disability, and Inclusion (3 credits)
  • RED 626/ SPE 627 - Early Intervention for Children’s Reading Problems (3 credits)
  • SPE 613 - Developmental Therapy for Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPE 633 - The High Risk Infant: Medical Treatment & Educational Interventions (3 credits)
  • SPE 713 - Facilitated Communication (3 credits)

Total: 31 credits

Capstone Project

The required Capstone Project for this program is completed with registration for an Independent Study (SPE 690).  The project involves the preparation of an evidence-based research paper of publishable quality that focuses on individuals with severe disabilities, specific to one of three age groups (i.e., early childhood, childhood, or adolescence), addressing one of the three major proficiency areas in working with students with severe to profound disabilities:

  • Content knowledge
  • Inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Or others by advisement

The research paper, along with data collected over the course of a semester, would subsequently be presented as the Exit Portfolio.