Undergraduate Course Catalog

Special Education

J. Merbler, Chairperson 

The Department of Special Education prepares teachers to work with students with exceptional needs including those students who are deaf or who require mild or severe interventions. The department also has a teaching major in early childhood special education, and, in conjunction with the Department of Elementary Education, a dual-major in mild interventions and elementary education, and early childhood and early childhood special education. Minors are available in applied behavior analysis, autism, deaf and hearing impairment, and early childhood special education.


TEACHING MAJOR IN EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS: EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (BA/BS), 100 hours

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AHS
BIO
GEOG

GEOL
HIST
MATH
MUSE
PHYC
100
102
101
or
101
201
207
265
101
Introduction to Art
Biol Concepts for Teachers
Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)

Planet Earth Geol Environment (3)
American History, 1492-1876
Mathematics Exceptional Learn
Music Basics for the Classroom
Phys Sci Concepts for Teachers (1-3)
3
3


3
3
4
3
3




22 hrs
       
EDFO
EDPS

EDRD


MATH
SPAA
SPCE

420
250
345
204
400
430
392
270
201
277
Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Human Growth Development
Tests and Measurement
Literature for Children
Tchg of Rdg in Todays Schools
Corrective Reading
Teach Mathematics Disabilities
Language Development
Intro Stdnts with Except Nds
Hum Rltn, Collab, & Diversity
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
       
30 hrs
       
Mild Interventions (Early and Middle Childhood),
30 hours

SPCE








202
266
309
331
361
371
375
376
489

Legal and Proc Founds Spec Ed
Classroom Management
Prin of ABA for Spec Ed
Tech in Special Education (1-3)
Adv Pract in Special Ed (1-6)
Intro to Mild Intervs
Assessment in Spec Ed Incl Rtl
Tchng Meths Mild Intervs K12
Stud Teach: Mild Disabilities (1-12)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6

        

30 hrs
Early Childhood Special Education, 18 hours

SPCE




210
215
311
312
419

Thry and Pract in EC Spec Ed
Assess Yng Chldrn Exc Nds 
Dev Meth Infs and Todds Exc
Dev Meth PS Chldrn with Exc 
Stu Teach Erly Chld SPCE (1-12)

3
3
3
3
6



18 hrs




100 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points for additional information

TEACHING MAJOR IN EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS: HEARING IMPAIRED/DEAF (BA/BS), 100 hours

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AHS
BIO
GEOG

GEOL
HIST
MATH
MUSE
PHYC
100
102
101
or
101
201
207
265
101
Introduction to Art
Biol Concepts for Teachers
Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)

Planet Earth Geol Environment (3)
American History, 1492-1876
Mathematics Exceptional Learn
Music Basics for the Classroom
Phys Sci Concepts for Teachers (1-3)
3
3


3
3
4
3
3
     
22 hrs
       
EDFO
EDPS
EDRD

MATH
SPCE
420
250
400
430
392
201
Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Human Growth Development
Tchg of Rdg in Todays Schools
Corrective Reading
Teach Mathematics Disabilities
Intro Stdnts with Except Nds
3
3
3
3
3
3
     
18 hrs
       
Mild Interventions (Early and Middle Childhood),
30 hours

SPCE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

202
266
309
331
361
371
375
376
489

Legal and Proc Founds Spec Ed
Classroom Management
Prin of ABA for Spec Ed
Tech in Special Education (1-3)
Adv Pract in Special Ed (1-6)
Intro to Mild Intervs
Assessment in Spec Ed Incl Rtl
Tchng Meths Mild Intervs K12
Stud Teach: Mild Disabilities (1-12)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6





30 hrs
Hearing Impaired/Deaf (All-Grade), 30 hours

SNLN

SPCE

  
 

 
 

251
252
240
246
248
454
456
458
466

American Sign Language 1  
American Sign Language 2 
Hist Ed Deaf Prsns Psych Dfns  
Spch Dev and Deaf or Hard Hrng  
Pract Deaf or Hard of Hearing  
Intro to Lang for Deaf Prsns  
Lang Meth for Deaf Prsns  
Teach Read and Elem Deaf Prsns
Stud Teach: Hearng Impd (1-12) 

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6





30 hrs




100 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points for additional information.

TEACHING MAJOR IN EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS: MILD INTERVENTIONS (All-Grade) (BA/BS),
100 hours

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AHS
BIO
GEOG

GEOL
HIST
MATH
MUSE
PHYC
100
102
101
or
101
201
207
265
101
Introduction to Art
Biol Concepts for Teachers
Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)

Planet Earth Geol Environment (3)
American History, 1492-1876
Mathematics Exceptional Learn
Music Basics for the Classroom
Phys Sci Concepts for Teachers (1-3)
3
3


3
3
4
3
3
     
22 hrs
       
EDFO
EDPS

EDRD


MATH
SPAA
SPCE

420
250
345
204
400
430
392
270
201
277
Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Human Growth Development
Tests and Measurement
Literature for Children
Tchg of Rdg in Todays Schools
Corrective Reading
Teach Mathematics Disabilities
Language Development
Intro Stdnts with Except Nds
Hum Rltn, Collab, & Diversity
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 
30 hrs
Mild Interventions (Early and Middle Childhood),
30 hours

SPCE
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

202
266
309
331
361
371
375
376
489

Legal and Proc Founds Spec Ed
Classroom Management
Prin of ABA for Spec Ed 
Tech in Special Education (1-3)
Adv Pract in Special Ed (1-6)
Intro to Mild Intervs
Assessment in Spec Ed Incl Rtl
Tchng Meths Mild Intervs K12
Stud Teach: Mild Disabilities (1-12)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6





30 hrs
Mild Interventions (Adolescent and Young Adult),
18 hours

SPCE 


361
475
476
491

Adv Pract in Special Ed (1-6) 
Tch Meths in Mild Intervs Adl
Transition Pln for Adol Exc
Stud Teach: Sec Mld Int (1-12)

3
3
3
6

Elective: Content Area

3





18 hrs


100 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points for additional information.

TEACHING MAJOR IN EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS: INTENSE INTERVENTIONS (BA/BS), 100 hours

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AHS
BIO
GEOG

GEOL
HIST
MATH
MUSE
PHYC
100
102
101
or
101
201
207
265
101
Introduction to Art
Biol Concepts for Teachers
Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)

Planet Earth Geol Environment (3)
American History, 1492-1876
Mathematics Exceptional Learn
Music Basics for the Classroom
Phys Sci Concepts for Teachers (1-3)

3
3


3
3
4
3
3

     
22 hrs
       
EDFO
EDPS

EDRD

MATH
SPAA
SPCE
420
250
345
400
430
392
270
201
Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Human Growth Development
Tests and Measurement
Tchg of Rdg in Todays Schools
Corrective Reading
Teach Mathematics Disabilities
Language Development
Intro Stdnts with Except Nds
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
     
24 hrs
Mild Interventions (Early and Middle Childhood),
30 hours

SPCE
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

202
266
309
331
361
371
375
376
489

Legal and Proc Founds Spec Ed
Classroom Management
Prin of ABA for Spec Ed 
Tech in Special Education (1-3)
Adv Pract in Special Ed (1-6)
Intro to Mild Intervs
Assessment in Spec Ed Incl Rtl
Tchng Meths Mild Intervs K12
Stud Teach: Mild Disabilities (1-12)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6





30 hrs
Intense Interventions (All-Grade), 24 hours

SPCE
 
 
 
  
 
 

362
363
366
377
378
379
492

Adv Pract in Sev Disab 
Adv Pract Phys Impair 
Intro Phys Dis and Other  
Children and Youth w Sev Dis 
Instr Meth Chldrn and Yth Sev 
Meth for Chldrn and Yth w Phys   
Stud Teach Children and Youth (6-12)  

3
3
3
3
3
3
6



24 hrs


100 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points for additional information. 

MINOR IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, 15 hours

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280
290
307
310
315
Beh Anal Prin, Proc, and Phil
Intro Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ethical, Prof Prac Beh Analy
Application Consultation ABA
Advanced Behavior Analysis
3
3
3
3
3
     
15 hrs
This program is offered on-line only. Not open to students with a Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

MINOR IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, 15 hours

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280
290
292
310
320
Beh Anal Prin, Proc, and Phil
Intro Autism Spectrum Disorder
Treatment and Intervention ASD
Application Consultation ABA
Advanced Interventions for ASD
3
3
3
3
3
     
15 hrs
This program is offered on-line only. Not open to students with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis.

MINOR IN EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS: EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION, 15 hours

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SPCE  
   
   
    
   

210
215
311
312
417

Thry and Pract in EC Spec Ed
Assess Yng Chldrn Exc Nds 
Dev Meth Infs and Todds Exc 
Dev Meth PS Chldrn with Exc 
Pract: Inf Tods PS Spec Nds (1-6)

3
3
3
3
3



15 hrs
Admission to the Teacher Education Curriculum is waived for this program.

MINOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION: HEARING-IMPAIRED, 27-33 hours

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SPAA   
    

SPCE 
  
  
   
   
   

270
343
344
201
240
246
454
456
458

Language Development  
Introduction to Audiology 
Hearing 2
Intro Stdnts with Except Nds
Hist Ed Deaf Prsns Psych Dfns 
Spch Dev and Deaf or Hard Hrng 
Intro to Lang for Deaf Prsns
Lang Meth for Deaf Prsns 
Teach Read and Elem Deaf Prsns  

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3



27 hrs
(SNLN 251 and 252 are required for students planning to work in a total communication program for the hearing-impaired.)

SNLN

251
252

American Sign Language 1  
American Sign Language 2

3
3



6 hrs


27-33 hrs
Students not meeting the prerequisite for SPCE 458 should see the department chairperson regarding a waiver. 

EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS, MILD INTERVENTIONS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (NON-STAND ALONE LICENSE), 21 hours

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EDRD
EDTE
SPCE
 
 
 
 

320
350
302
361
371
475
476

Disciplinary Literacy Elem Sch 
Curr Integration of Tech  
Tch Studs and Dis in Gen Ed  
Adv Pract in Special Ed (1-6) 
Intro to Mild Intervs 
Tch Meths in Mild Intervs Adl  
Transition Pln for Adol Exc

3
3
3
3
3
3
3



21 hrs

SIGN LANGUAGE (SNLN)

251 American Sign Language 1 (3)
Introduction to sign language systems including fingerspelling and American Sign Language (ASL). Development of receptive and expressive skills in sign language is emphasized. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 

252 American Sign Language 2 (3)
Designed to improve conversational skills in American Sign Language to a functional level for expressive and receptive use in education and other settings. Introduction to issues related to deaf culture. 
    Prerequisite: SNLN 251; permission of the department chairperson. 

253 American Sign Language 3 (3)
Emphasizes the development of conversational skills in American Sign Language and stresses vocabulary building and interpretation of culturally related cues. 
    Prerequisite: SNLN 252; permission of the department chairperson. 

254 Introduction to Language for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (3)
Philosophy underlying various aspects of language for students who are deaf and hard of hearing will be reviewed. Participants will compare and contrast a variety of communication strategies. Topics include conceptualization, interactive language, written language, and reading. 
    Prerequisite: SNLN 253; permission of the department chairperson.

SPECIAL EDUCATION (SPCE) 

201 Introduction to Students With Exceptional Needs (3)
An introduction to definitions, characteristics, and education of students with exceptional needs. Examines federal and state legal bases for the provision of special interventions, and provides a general introduction to the field of special education. 

202 Legal and Procedural Foundations of Special Education (3)
Studies court cases, federal- and state-level legislation, and related historical events that preceded passage of IDEA. Covers definitions, procedural requirements, and legal safeguards of IDEA as implemented in Indiana.  
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 with a minimum grade of C

210 Theory and Practices in Early Childhood Special Education (3)
Examines the sociological, political, historical, and educational perspectives related to education of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with exceptional needs, and their families. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 or 302 with a grade of C or better. 

215 Assessment of Young Children With Exceptional Needs (3)
Procedures for assessing young children with exceptional needs, infancy through age six. Use of observational techniques and formal and informal assessment methodology will be investigated.
    Parallel: SPCE 210.

240 History of Education of Deaf Persons and Psychology of Deafness (3)
Introduces a comprehensive socio-historical and contemporary overview of deaf culture and psycho-educational issues in America and Europe. 

246 Speech Development for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (3)
Historical and current views of teaching speech to the deaf and hard of hearing are studied with emphasis on current methods. Includes the knowledge, foundation, and practical methodology for teaching spoken English. Writing instructional objectives and an Individual Education Plan for spoken English is also included. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201, 240. 

248 Practicum with Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (3) 
Includes work with deaf and hard of hearing students from various age ranges. Participants will practice planning, writing, and implementing relevant instructional objectives. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 246; permission of the department chairperson. 

266 Classroom Management (3)
Provides an overview of classroom management issues and interventions. Includes observations and participation in settings that include students with exceptionalities. On-campus class and field experience.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 with a grade of C or better.  

277 Human Relations, Collaboration, and Diversity (3)
Examines diversity in the classroom and focuses on collaboration with parents of learners with exceptionalities and professionals as members of the multidisciplinary team. Emphasizes co-teaching and related collaborative instructional strategies.        
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 with a grade of C or better.

280 Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy (3)
Focuses on the philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis and introduces the basic principles and procedures of behavior analysis. Behavioral service delivery within education and health service settings also are emphasized.  

290 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
Focuses on understanding autism spectrum disorders through the life span. Diagnostic criteria and differentiation from other developmental disorders is emphasized. Identification, assessment, and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders are reviewed.  

292 Treatment and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
Introduces students to key concepts essential in implementing interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The wide variety of interventions and treatments used with individuals with ASD are reviewed. Theoretical foundations, educational practices, and family factors that influence interventions are discussed.        
    Prerequisite: C or better in SPCE 290.  

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3-6) 
Topics relevant to the discipline. Topics will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 

300 Independent Study (1-6) 
Designed to meet the needs of students who wish to conduct independent study, field work, or research in special education. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 

302 Teaching Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom (3) 
Designed for general educators, introduces special education concepts and procedures. Topics include legal mandates and considerations, overview of educational needs of students with disabilities, Individual Education Plans and case conferences, collaborating with special education teachers and related service professionals, and curricula adaptations. 
    Not open to students who have credit in SPCE 201. 

307 Ethical and Professional Practice in Behavior Analysis (3)
Address issues relevant to the ethical and professional practice of behavior analysis. Emphasis is placed on ethical considerations related to assessment, data collection, and implementation of behavioral treatments.
    Prerequisite or parallel: SPCE 280 or concurrent enrollment. 

309 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education (3)
Introduction to the basic principles of applied behavior analysis for classroom applications. Strategies for classroom management and for promoting conducive learning environments are emphasized. 

310 Application and Consultation in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
Will provide a framework for the natural science of behavior. Students will learn how to collect and interpret different types of data, and the importance of making data-driven decisions for behavior change procedures. Will also include practical application in which students will implement data collection and analysis procedures to prepare them for behavioral consultation. 
    Prerequisite: C or better in SPCE 280.  

311 Developmental Methods for Infants and Toddlers with Exceptional Needs (3) 
Examines developmental strategies, and curricular practices for serving infants, toddlers with exceptional needs, and their families. Current research and best practices will be disseminated throughout. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 215 with a grade of C or better; admission to the teacher education program. 

312 Developmental Methods for Preschool Children with Exceptional Needs (3) 
Examines instructional methodology and curricular practices for serving preschoolers with exceptional needs and their families. Research and best practices are emphasized. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 215 with a grade of C or better; admission to the teacher education program. 

315 Advanced Behavior Analysis (3)
Advanced concepts of behavior analysis are covered. Students also are expected to demonstrate their application of behavioral concepts through the development and implementation of behavioral interventions with individuals within the educational setting, health service setting, or both.
    Prerequisite: C or better in SPCE 280 and 307 and 310.  

320 Advanced Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
In-depth analysis of evidence-based interventions used with individuals with autism spectrum disorders is provided. Strong emphasis is placed on utilizing research to support, develop, and implement interventions.
    Prerequisite: C or better in SPCE 292.  

331 Technology in Special Education (1-3)
Introduction to computer applications in special education, including building personal computer skills, applying those skills in the classroom, customizing curriculum, and adapting a variety of technologies for learners with special needs. To be taken concurrently with SPCE 201 for 1 hour or SPCE 361 for two hours.
    Parallel: SPCE 201 or 361.        
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

332 Introduction of Behavior Disorders (3) 
Introduction to the history of educating children with behavior disorders; the problems of defining, assessing, and treating behavior disorders; and types and causes of disordered behavior. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 or 302 with a grade of C or better; admission to the teacher education program. 

334 Topics in Autism (3) 
Provides an overview of autism spectrum disorders. The etiology, characteristics, and diagnostic criteria of autism spectrum disorders are reviewed. Also explores the environmental, genetic, and neuropsychological contributing factors of autism. Autism, high functioning autism, Asperger’s disorder, and pervasive developmental disorders are discussed. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 

336 Educating Secondary Students with Behavior Disorders (3)
Educational assessments, methods, materials, and programs for seriously emotionally disabled youth. For future teachers of students with behavior disorders. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 332, 334, or permission of the department chairperson. 

361 Advanced Practicum in Special Education (1-6)
Field experience emphasizing application of teaching methodologies and best practices in instruction and classroom management. Projects associated with the methods course (see parallel course) will be completed.        
    Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program; and SPCE 375 with a C or better; and overall GPA of 3.0 or better.        
    Parallel: SPCE 366 or 376 or 378 or 454 or 476.        
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

362 Advanced Practicum Severe Disabilities (3)
An advanced practicum emphasizing the application of assessment and teaching methodologies for students with moderate to severe disabilities in classroom and related settings. Projects associated with SPCE 378 will be completed.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201, 202, 266, 377 with grades of C or better; admission to the teacher education program; passing scores on the CASA; 3.0 overall GPA; permission of the department chairperson.
    Parallel: SPCE 378.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to students majoring in exceptional needs: intense interventions.

363 Advanced Practicum Physical Impairments (3)
An advanced practicum emphasizing the application of assessment and teaching methodologies for students with physical, sensory, health impairments and multiple disabilities in classroom and related settings. Projects associated with SPCE 379 will be completed.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201, 202, 266, 366 with grades of C or better; admission to the teacher education program; passing scores on the CASA; 3.0 overall GPA; permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to students majoring in exceptional needs: intense interventions.

366 Introduction to Persons with Physical Disabilities and Other Health Care Needs (3)
Designed for future teachers and rehabilitation counselors of persons with physical, sensory, or health impairments. Etiology, physical and social- emotional characteristics, and educational considerations and implications are emphasized within a transdisciplinary habilitative/rehabilitative team perspective.
    Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program; passing scores on the CASA; 3.0 overall grade-point average; grades of C or better in SPCE 201 (SPCE 302 for elementary education and secondary content area program) and 202.

371 Introduction to Mild Interventions (3)
The study of the psychological, environmental, behavioral, and cultural factors that contribute to mild disabilities. Foundations of special education are reviewed. Includes legal responsibilities of schools, eligibility, evidence-based practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Individual Educational Programs (IEP).        
    Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program.

372 Introduction to Mental Retardation (3)
Studies various types and degrees of retardation; the psychological, environmental, and cultural conditions that contribute to retardation. Emphasizes etiology, assessment, and issues. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 or 302 or permission of the department chairperson. 

375 Assessment in Special Education, Including Response to Intervention (3)
Educational assessment skills needed in the role of a teacher of students with exceptionalities. Emphasis on the accurate administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected assessment tools. Application of concepts related to Early Intervening Services (Response to Intervention) is also included. Role of the special educator on the multi-disciplinary assessment team is explored. May be repeated only one time.
    Prerequisite: EDPS 345 for all-grade mild and intense intervention majors; and admission to the teacher education program; and grade of C or better in SPCE 371.

376 Teaching Methods in Mild Interventions K-12 (3)
Studies best practices in differentiation, engaging learners, developing and teaching a unit, and teaching language arts.        
    Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program; and SPCE 375 with a C or better; and overall GPA of 3.0 or better.        
    Parallel: SPCE 361.

377 Educating Children and Youth with Severe Disabilities (3)
Introduces future teachers to students who require severe interventions. Contemporary best practices and standards in integration opportunities, curriculum design, and positive supports for challenging behavior are presented and applied at the early and middle childhood developmental levels.
    Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program; passing scores on the CASA; 3.0 overall grade-point average; grades of C or better in SPCE 201 (SPCE 302 for elementary education and secondary content area program) and 202.

378 Instructional Methods for Children and Youth with Severe Disabilities (3)
Contemporary best practices and standards in Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) development and instructional design and implementation in natural settings for students who require severe interventions are presented and applied at the early and middle childhood levels.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 377 with a grade of C or better.
    Parallel: SPCE 362.

379 Educational Methods for Children and Youth with Physical and Multiple Disabilities (3)
Contemporary best practices in curriculum design, instructional adaptations featuring high and low technology, environmental modifications, and physical and medical management suitable for students with physical and multiple disabilities or health impairments are presented within a transdisciplinary learning model.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 366 with a grade of C or better.

380 Educating High School Students with Severe Disabilities (3)
Contemporary best practices in instructional design, implementation, and monitoring for students who require severe interventions are presented and applied at the adolescent and young adult level. Topics include transitional planning, job training, group instruction, and advanced positive supports for challenging behaviors.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 201 and 202 with a grade of C or better, admission to the teacher education program, and passing scores on the PPST.

417 Practicum: Infants/Toddlers and Preschoolers with Special Needs (1-6) 
Work with young children with special needs/disabilities in a supervised teaching practicum to acquire practical skills for planning and organizing activities to meet the needs of young children and their families. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term. 

419 Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (1-12)
Full time classroom experience in a program(s) serving young children with special needs.
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching.
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.

454 Introduction to Language for Deaf Persons (3)
Philosophy underlying various methods of language will be reviewed. Participants will compare and contrast various aspects of communication strategies. Topics include interactive language, written language, and reading.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 240.

456 Language Methods for Deaf Persons (3) 
In-depth view of various approaches to teaching language to deaf children. Emphasizes analyzing language samples taken from deaf children and forming taxonomies from the analysis. Includes writing behavioral objectives in the language areas of form, content, and use for inclusion in Individual Educational Plans. 
    Prerequisite: SPCE 454. 

458 Teaching Reading and Elementary School Subjects to Deaf Persons (3) 
Explores various approaches to teaching reading and applies them to reading instruction for deaf children. Reviews reading assessment for deaf children as well as reading in the content areas of other school subjects. The writing of behavioral objectives and Individual Education Plans is included. 
    Prerequisite: EDRD 400; SPCE 454. 

466 Student Teaching: Hearing Impaired (1-12)
Required pre-service teaching practica for students seeking licensure in special education hearing impaired. Offered credit/no credit only.
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching.
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.

474 Methods and Materials for the Mildly Mentally Disabled (3) 
Special class organization, curriculum practices and procedures, and methods and techniques used in the instruction of the mildly mentally disabled. 
    Prerequisite: EDRD 430; MATH 391; SPCE 266, 372. 
    Parallel: SPCE 361. 

475 Teaching Methods in Mild Interventions for Adolescents (3)
Explores secondary methods with a focus on best practices in classroom planning, academic and behavioral issues, and instructional strategies for adolescents through young adults with exceptional needs.
    Prerequisite: SPCE 376 or 476 with a grade of C or better; or permission of the department chairperson.
    Prerequisite or parallel: SPCE 361 (3 credit hours) with a grade of C or better.  

476 Transition Planning for Adolescents with Exceptionalities (3)
Includes transition models and planning, curriculum considerations, career and vocational education, collaboration with adult service agencies, and academic planning for secondary students with mild disabilities.        
    Prerequisite: SPCE 376 with a grade of C or better (waived for secondary content area program); permission of the department chairperson. 

488 Student Teaching: Mildly Mentally Disabled (1-12)
Required for licensure in special education: mildly mentally disabled. Offered credit/no credit only.
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching.
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.

489 Student Teaching: Mild Disabilities (1-12) 
Required for licensure in special education: mild disabilities. Offered credit/no credit only. 
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned. 

491 Student Teaching: Secondary Mild Interventions (1-12) 
Students teaching in a public school setting at the young adolescent and young adult (middle secondary) developmental level with students with mild interventions. Offered credit/no credit only. 
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned. 

492 Student Teaching: Children and Youth with Severe Disabilities (6-12) 
Required for licensure in special education areas of moderate mental retardation, severe mental retardation, profound mental retardation, multiple disabilities, and autism. Offered credit/no credit only. 
    Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.