Special Education courses

SPED 550: Foundations/Practices for EdSp

This intro course focuses on pract apps of teachg theory, method, and pedag of lrng for tchrs of students w mild to mod and mod to sev disab. Addresses elig and characteristics of exceptionalities, classrm mgt, lesson plns, special ed law, indiv ed plans, assessmt and instruct strat for wkg with stud with mild to mod and mod to sev disab in inclusive settgs. Includes partic and plng for stud with mild to mod and mod to sev disab. Prereq for M/M and M/S Ed Spec Cred Intern Progms.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 560: Inclusionary Practices

Provides participants with the required competencies to assist in teaching students with disabilities, and information needed to meet federal and state mandates for serving children and youth with disabilities in schools.Includes the exploration of educational laws, IEPs, service delivery systems, modification of instructional methods, and assessment processes to support inclusion of students with exceptionalities in general education environments.Course options: online, hybrid and face to face.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 560S: InclusionPract w/Svc Learning

Usually taken with SPED 560: Inclusionary Practices (3 units). When taken concurrently it applies towards the Master of Arts in Education.

Units: 1 — 1

SPED 561: Reading Diagnosis/Pref Prac for Students with Learning Challenges

Examines the fundamental structure of the English language and how to diagnose reading difficulties across the grades. Content covers analysis and assessment of reading problems for students with learning challenges and how to determine preferred practices using evidence-based programs and approaches. Required for students in the Mild to Moderate Program only. Course delivery options to include online, hybrid and face to face.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 562: Curr Dvlpmt/Pref Practices

Based on current research which introduces important contemporary issues, such as the relationship between identification, assessment, and program planning for students with mild-severe disab. Covers formal and informal assessment, instructional strategies, curriculum design, and modifications which are relevant, age-appropriate and structured to ensure student success and independence in general ed and other learner-centered environments. (Offered online, hybrid and face to face.)

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 564: Formal and Informal Assessment for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Examines the role of assessment in curriculum and instruction for students with Mild to Moderate disabilities. Candidates learn how to interpret, communicate findings, and use assessment information taking into consideration the unique personal, cultural, linguistic, educational, and environmental background of the individual. The course ties assessment to preferred practices in order to meet the educational goals of the individual to ensure success. Required for the Mild/Mod Program only.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 565: Supv Field Exp - General Ed

Provides prospective special educators with opportunities to investigate how general educators plan, implement, modify, and monitor instruction. Students reflect on preferred practices; study the Ca Standards for the Tchg Prof and the TPEs; analyze pedagogical skills appropriate to the core curriculum; and responsiveness to student needs and characteristics. To include online, hybrid and face to face. (This course may be waived with verif of Gen Ed Tchg Cred)

Units: 2 — 2

SPED 566: Behavior Intervention and Support

Introduction to the principles and application of behavior analysis with individuals with academic, social and/or behavioral needs. Cross list with SPSY 566: Behavior Intervention and Support (3 units)

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 567: Initial Semester Seminar

Seminar course for candidates enrolled in the first semester practicum experience in either the Preliminary Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Severe credential program. Seminar topics include common first year experiences for special educators, mandatory reporting, parent and family perspectives, typical and atypical development, professional dispositions and approaches to teaching students with mild to severe disabilities. (Letter grade available). (Coreq: SPED 567A: Initial Semester Practicum: Mild to Moderate (5-10 units) or SPED 567B: Initial Semester Practicum: Moderate to Severe (5-10 units))

Units: 1 — 5

SPED 567B: Initial Semester Practicum: Moderate to Severe

This field experience course is required for all candidates in the Preliminary Moderate to Severe Credential Program during their initial semester. This field experience requirement, along with the SPED 567: Initial Semester Seminar (1-5 units) seminar, provides practical field experience opportunities teaching students with moderate/severe disabilities in K-12 public and non-public school settings. Additionally, the course provides candidates with knowledge of typical and atypical human development. (Credit/ No-Credit Available) [Coreq: SPED 567: Initial Semester Seminar (1-5 units)]

Units: 5 — 10

SPED 567A: Initial Semester Practicum: Mild to Moderate

This field experience course is required for all candidates in the Preliminary Mild to Moderate Credential Program during their initial semester. This field experience requirement, along with the SPED 567: Initial Semester Seminar (1-5 units) seminar, provides practical field experience opportunities teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities in K-12 public and non-public school settings. Additionally, the course provides candidates with knowledge of typical and atypical human development. (Credit/ No-Credit Available) (Coreq: SPED 567: Initial Semester Seminar (1-5 units))

Units: 5 — 10

SPED 568: Meth Cul/Ling Div Students with Learning Challenges

Emphasizes a practical approach to the teaching and learning of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a second language of students with and without special education needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The course goal is to enable special educators to make effective decisions when teaching English Language Learners. Course delivery options to include online, hybrid and face to face.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 571: Teaching and Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course is designed to prepare teachers to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a variety of educational settings. Topics covered include implementing evidence-based practices to teach meaningful daily living, academic and vocational skills, policies and regulations regarding students with movement, mobility, sensory and specialized health care needs, supports for students with health care needs and issues in this field. (online, hybrid & face to face)

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 574: Formal and Informal Assessment for Students with Moderate to Sever Disabilities

Examines the role of assessment in curriculum and instruction for students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Candidates learn how to interpret, communicate findings, and use assessment information taking into consideration the personal, cultural, linguistic, and educational background of the individual. The course ties assessment to instructional practices to meet the goals to ensure success at school, at home, and in the marketplace. Required for the Mod/Severe Ed Specialist program.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 577A: Final Semester Practicum: Mild to Moderate

This field experience course is required for all candidates in the Preliminary Mild to Moderate Credential Program during their final semester. This field experience requirement, along with the SPED 577: Final Semester Seminar (1-5 units) seminar, provides practical field experience opportunities teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities in K-12 public and non-public school settings. Additionally, students begin to plan for their professional clear credential. (Credit/ No-Credit Available) (Coreq: SPED 577: Final Semester Seminar (1-5 units))

Units: 8 — 12

SPED 577: Final Semester Seminar

This final field experience seminar is required for all candidates during their final semester in the program. This field experience seminar supplements the practical field experiences within the full range of service delivery options available for educating students with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities in K-12 public and non-public school settings. Additionally, the course provides candidates with support in the development of their Transition Plan for the Clear Credential. (Letter grade available) (Prereq or Coreq: SPED 577A: Final Semester Practicum: Mild to Moderate (8-12 units) or SPED 577B: Final Semester Practicum: Moderate to Severe (8-12 units))

Units: 1 — 5

SPED 577B: Final Semester Practicum: Moderate to Severe

This field experience course is required for all candidates in the Preliminary Moderate to Severe Credential Program during their final semester. This field experience requirement, along with the SPED 577: Final Semester Seminar (1-5 units) seminar, provides practical field experience opportunities teaching students with moderate/severe disabilities in K-12 public and non-public school settings. Additionally, students begin to plan for their professional clear credential. (Credit/No Credit Available) (Coreq: SPED 577: Final Semester Seminar (1-5 units))

Units: 8 — 12

SPED 578: Seminar in Behavior Analysis

This seminar focuses on in-depth practical experience in professional application of behavior intervention in the area of autism spectrum disorders.  Students conduct case study projects in working directly with children with ASD and their families; developing and monitoring Behavior Intervention Plans; attending BIP meetings; conducting experimental analyses related to diagnoses and treatment programs; and conducting data analysis procedures suitable for preparing articles for publication.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 579: Supervision in Behavior Analysis

The Supervision in Behavior Analysis course is an intensive practicum course consisting of supervised experience that provides the opportunity for continued skill development in behavior analysis. The purpose of this course is to provide supervision in the practical experiences and practices pertinent to the application of behavior analytic principles. In consultation with the supervisor, students will practice implementing a variety of behavior analytic approaches in educational settings. (Prereq or Coreq: SPED 566: Behavior Intervention and Support (3 units) or SPED 571: Teaching and Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units))

Units: 8 — 12

SPED 585: Transition and Career Development

Provides the rationale for incorporating career education or academic training, vocational preparation, social skills instruction, and daily living skills into teaching practices from preschool to adult education so students in special education programs are prepared for adult life. Includes functional vocational assessment, service learning, transition practices, and self-advocacy. Course delivery options to include online, hybrid and face to face.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 595: Special Topics

Special topic courses study particular topics in field experiences. It provides practical experience teaching students with Mild/ Moderate or Moderate/ Severe disabilities in public and non-public school (K-12) settings.

Units: 1 — 5

SPED 597: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

SPED 680: Induction/Plan ProGrowth/Asst

Development, implementation, and evaluation of the Professional Level II Induction Plan. Course assists candidates in working collaboratively with their university supervisor and district support provider in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Induction Plan through advising and support activities.

Units: 1 — 1

SPED 681: Advanced Behavior Supports

Advanced instruction in the principles and application of behavior analysis with individuals with Mild/Moderate/Severe academic, social and/or behavioral needs. Crosslist with SPSY 681: Advanced Behavior Supports (3 units).

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 682: Adv Assessment/Curriculum for Children w Learning Challenges

Candidates demonstrate the ability to adapt general ed curric; use and eval a variety of group instruct strat; analyze student perform. data; and design, implement, and evaluate an instructional unit with sequences for effective teaching of concepts, rules, and strategies in any area. Each candidate demonstrates knowledge and skills in validated practices that maximize academic learning time, teacher-directed instruction, student success, and content coverage. Online, hybrid and face to face.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 683: Advanced Collab/Consultation

Special ed professionals develop communication and collaboration skills. This course covers the use of effective communication, management skills & Individual Induction Plan development. Integrated service delivery models are addressed, along with school restructuring & reform efforts designed to impact systems change. (Offered online, hybrid, and face to face)

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 684: Cur/Rsch/Policy/Practice

An advanced seminar for reviewing & analyzing literature related to issues in the field of special education. Students critique current research in fields including communication disorders, learning disabilities, bilingual learning disabilities, intellectual disability, deaf & hearing impaired, blind & visually impaired, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impaired, emotional disturbance, and severe handicapping conditions. Delivery options to include online, hybrid, and face to face.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 686: Advocacy and Systems Change: Promoting Leadership Management and Communication Skills

This course covers issues related to the use of effective communication, leadership and management skills in special education.  Multiple integrated service delivery models are addressed, along with issues in school restructuring and reform efforts designed to impact systems change.

Units: 3 — 3

SPED 689: Induction/PlnProGrwth/Capstone

Candidates for the Level II Mild/Moderate Professional Clear Credential finalize their induction plan and demonstrate program competency through the presentation of a comprehensive professional portfolio

Units: 1 — 1

SPED 697: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select advanced topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 1