Special Education Certification Course Descriptions

EDUC501 - Issues in Special Education

This course is designed to provide a full overview of the historical analysis of Special Education: classifications/definitions and patterns of behavior, description of assessment and intervention strategies, legislation and litigation, outside forces that influence special Education, and an introduction to the people in Special Education and their relationship to the system. Students will concentrate on their particular area of education as it relates to Special Education. Students will complete ten logged hours of field experience.

EDUC505 - Teaching Techniques for Low Incidence Students

This course is a hands-on experience in techniques for teaching the multi-handicapped and severely retarded. Specialized techniques will include behavior management, task analysis, using adaptive equipment and prosthetic devices, prompting and cuing, augmentative communication systems, positioning and handling, and inclusion techniques. Students will complete ten hours of field experience.

EDUC536 - Child Development: Pre K to Grade 4

This course provides an advanced examination of the developmental theories and milestones associated with children birth through ten years. Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development is viewed in the contexts of the family, community, and formal education settings. Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction of social and cultural environments on learning and development.

EDUC539- Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Development

This course provides an introduction to early adolescent and adolescent development and investigates the implication of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in educational settings. Major developmental and psychological theories and research relevant to teaching and learning are explored. Content areas include adolescent growth and development, conflicts and issues associated with different developmental levels, approaches to instruction, and cultural and socioeconomic diversity. The emphasis will be on the practical relevance of this material for students in grades 4 - 8.

EDUC602 - Reading and Learning Differences

This course will focus on the physiological, sociological, neurological, and educational factors contributing to literacy acquisition and cautions about labeling children and youth. Students will explore various theories, research findings, and diagnostic procedures along with portfolio assessment. A resource file will be developed for future use. The student will be guided in writing an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), diagnostic with remediation procedures, for student(s) with severe learning disabilities related to literacy. Students will demonstrate understanding of the components and procedures adopted by PSSA. The student is expected to conduct reading assessments and write a case study on a youngster including an IEP.

EDUC682 - Evaluation and Assessment of Students in Inclusive Settings

This course examines the assessment and evaluation processes used for determining progress for students with and without Individual Educational Programs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates that all students have access to the general education classroom and curriculum. The course will provide teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to assess and evaluate all students. The course will examine historical, philosophical and legal considerations and models of the assessment process and various types of assessments will be examined.

EDUC683 - Evaluation and Assessment of Exceptional Students

This course is directed to those students who wish to be certified in special education. The course will extend the student’s understanding and knowledge of the assessment and evaluation processes and examines how we use these processes to create an appropriate individualized educational plan (IEP). Students will also work with creating effective educational Reports (ER), Behavior Plans, Transition Programs and other reports and documents necessary to keep schools in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

EDUC684 - Inclusive Education with Field Experience

This course examines the concept of Inclusion and what it means to both the special educator and the general educator. Students will learn to use effective inclusion strategies in the general education classroom and examine the various ways special and regular educators can work effectively together. Students will have ten hours of field experience in inclusive education settings.

EDUC685 - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders with Field Experience

This course is designed to provide teachers who wish to be certified in special education with the tools necessary to work with students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Participants will examine the various causes and theories for these disorders. There will be an additional focus on recognizing these disorders. There will be an additional focus on recognizing these disorders and managing them in the inclusive classroom using various positive behavior interventions and other appropriate methods. This course requires ten hours of volunteer time with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

EDUC686 - Autistic Spectrum Disorders with Field Experience

This course is directed towards those students who wish to be certified in Special Education. It will be an overview of the characteristics and learning traits, classification systems, assessment strategies, approaches and interventions related to students with autism. Emphasis will be placed on the different disorders on the spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome. Students will be given the tools needed to work with families and agencies to develop a comprehensive program that meets the individual needs of their students. Students will have a 20 hour field experience in a facility that services students on the Autism Spectrum.

EDUC687 - Early Intervention with PDD and Other Exceptionalities with Field Experience

This course is an advanced course directed towards those students seeking certification in special education. It will examine early intervention for those children thought to have PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) and other exceptionalities. We will look at the importance of early intervention and the different methods and strategies for working with these students. Emphasis will be placed on writing Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP), working with families and agencies and designing appropriate intervention programs. Students will have ten hours of field experience in early intervention settings.

EDUC688 - Transition and Working with Families and Agencies

This course will examine aspects of the transition process from infancy to post-secondary. Self-determination will be explored as well as career and vocational education. Different types of transition assessments and checklists will be examined. The course will help teachers become aware of the importance of working with families and community agencies to ease the process and bring about positive results.

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