Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Special Education


SPED 315    Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities    3

Prereq.:  Admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education. Overview of growth and development of students with disabilities, including those identified as gifted and talented, and methods for assessing, planning for and working effectively with these students. Meets State of Connecticut requirement for teacher certification (10 hours of off-campus field experience required).

 

SPED 430    Characteristics and Education of Individuals with Behavioral/Emotional Disorders      3

Prereq.:  SPED 315 or permission of instructor. Taken concurrently with SPED 431. Overview of the education of behavioral/emotional disorders, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Topics include characteristics, identification, etiology, theoretical, and educational approaches. Involves field-experience component. [GR]


SPED 431    Behavior Management and Social Skills Development     3

Prereq.:  SPED 315 or permission of instructor. Taken concurrently with SPED 430. Examination of methodologies for evaluation, assessment, management of student behavior, and program planning/instruction utilized in special education settings. Involves field-experience component. [GR]


SPED 433    Educational Assessment for Exceptional Learners 3

Prereq.:  Admission to the Professional Program and SPED 432. Examines formal and informal assessment materials and techniques used in evaluating adaptive skills, processing abilities, and academic achievement in individuals with learning and/or behavior problems. Topics include procedures for test selection/administration, methods for scoring and interpreting test results. Involves field-experience component. [GR]


SPED 434    Characteristics and Education of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities  3

Prereq.:  Admission to the Professional Program. Taken concurrently with SPED 435. Overview of mental retardation, developmental disabilities, autism and physical disabilities. Topics include characteristics, identification, etiology, theoretical, and educational approaches. Involves field-experience component. [GR]

 

SPED 435    Curriculum Adaptations and Teaching Strategies for Learners with Exceptionalities      3

Prereq.:  SPED 433. Taken concurrently with SPED 434. Techniques for assessing social studies, science, and pre-vocational skills, as well as for selecting, developing, and adapting curricula and methods for students with exceptionalities. Involves field-experience component. [GR]


SPED 436    Language Arts for Learners with Exceptionalities      3

Prereq.:  SPED 432, 433. Taken concurrently with SPED 438. Techniques for planning and delivering instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and oral language specific to students with special needs. [GR]


SPED 437    Integrative Seminar for Beginning Special Educators   3

Prereq.:  SPED 436. Taken concurrently with SPED 439. Examines collaborative strategies for assessment and program planning. Communication skills, professional ethics and codes of conduct will be examined. [GR]

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