Course Descriptions

EDU 550 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
American education as a dynamic, sometimes cyclic, process. The origins, evolution, and realities of contemporary public and private schools are examined through critical reading original documents. Visits to elementary or secondary classrooms in multicultural setting provide a strong link to the teacher’s world. EDU 552 is linked with this course.

EDU 671 Writing in the Classroom (3 credits) A practical course in the teaching of writing across the curriculum. Practice in personal, creative, and expository writing. Methods of teaching writing and steps in the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing) are emphasized in the course.

SPE 550 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide teachers in training with an understanding of the exceptional child in various instructional settings. Students will be provided with an overview of Special Education with emphasis on historical and emerging perspectives. Topics to be examined will include types and natures of exceptionalities, legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers, least restrictive environment, various instructional settings, the inclusion of exceptional children in regular education, services and programs and services for the exceptional child.

SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the complex issue of assessment, including an examination of evaluation procedures, from pre-referral intervention, eligibility/placement/ program decision-making to progress monitoring of scientifically-based instructional interventions based on Response to Intervention (RTI).  Focus will include academic, affective, work-study skill, adaptive functioning, fine motor, and environmental measures. Content coverage will consist of an overview of assessment models including traditional, informal, dynamic, performance, curriculum-based, and alternative techniques. Addition course topics will address legislation, regulations, topical issues, emerging evaluation trends, test modifications/accommodations, parent involvement and assessment/progress reporting.