This program concentrates on developing instructional leaders who are capable teachers of all children, including those with disabilities included in a regular education classroom. Course work includes attention to adaptive technology, Individual Educational Plans, working effectively with families, and specific strategies for reaching children with a variety of mild disabilities.
Students in this program complete six core courses, three capstone projects and the specialized courses below.
For a complete listing of the core courses and capstone projects, please click here.
SED 565: Teaching Students With Disabilities 3 credits
SED 565 focuses on the appropriate methods and techniques for meeting the educational needs of students with mild disabilities. Psychological information about groups and individuals; strategies for achieving integration in regular education; organizational structures of schools, and strategies for teaching reading, math, and study skills are covered in this course.
SED 570: Students With Disabilities: School, Family, and Community Interaction 3 credits
In this course candidates develop flexible theoretical frameworks, practical skills and sensitivity in working with families of students with disabilities. The theoretical basis for current approaches to supporting families, the anomalies and challenges presented by the growing diversity of U.S. society, and development of a critical awareness of formal and informal supports for families is investigated.
SED 573: Assistive Technology in Special Education 3 credits
SED 573 introduces the use of adaptive technology, methods for linking technology and instruction of students with special needs, techniques for selecting and utilizing computer based instructional programs, and methods for developing interactive instructional materials.
SED 575: IEP Development 3 credits
SED 575 covers pre-referral and referral processes for students, assessment plans, eligibility criteria for services, due process, and development of the individual education plan (IEP). The course includes consideration of students assistive technology needs, transitions, modifications, functional behavior analyses and intervention plans.