Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered for the MAT program in Secondary Special Education. For further information about course offerings and programs of study, please reference the Graduate Catalog published online and in print each year.

Core Courses

EDUC 730 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND DIVERSITY (3)
Participants examine current theories and research on the nature of learning and the corresponding role of development and culture in the teaching-learning process. A framework for effective teaching that is based upon an understanding of best practices will be established. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAT program.

SPED 525 FORMAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES K-12 (3)
Assessment techniques, philosophical rationale, current research and intervention strategies for mildly and moderately handicapped children. Prerequisites: 6 units of psychology and 9 units of special education, and consent of department.

SPED 603 INFORMAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES K-12 (3)
Assessment, diagnosis, prescriptive techniques, procedures, administration, interpretation and programming. Prerequisites: SPED 301 and consent of department.

SPED 605 WORKING WITH FAMILIES OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (3)
Communication skills, human relations, parent counseling and conferencing. Prerequisites: SPED 301 and consent of department.

SPED 607 CURRICULUM/METHODS OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES K-12 (3)
Theoretical foundations and development of practical intervention. Prerequisites: SPED 301 and consent of department.

SPED 637 INCLUSION FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER (3)
Background and legal bases, programs, methods and materials for special-needs children, and emphasis on the regular classroom. Prerequisite: Student teaching or teaching experience, and consent of department.

SPED 641 CURRICULUM/METHODS OF INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES K-12 (3)
Characteristics that affect learning, and the design of educational programs. Prerequisites: 6 units in Psychology and 6 units in Education, and consent of department.

EDUC 797 INTERNSHIP I WITH SEMINAR (3)
Best practices for creating and maintaining a positive and productive learning environment will be explored. Participants analyze a variety of learner characteristics that influence student development and academic achievement, including gender, ethnicity, physiology, values, family, and geographic regions, as appropriate for age/grade level and professional specialization. Taken concurrently with EDUC 734 in the term prior to Internship II. Participants complete extended field experience (as determined by appropriate program director). Prerequisite: Consent of graduate program director, who may require other prerequisites.

EDUC 798 INTERNSHIP II WITH SEMINAR (6)
Supervised teaching experience at the appropriate school level for students in MAT program. Seminar will provide participants with theory-practice connections. Prerequisite: Approval of special education department and the graduate program director.

Early Childhood Education Courses

ECED 623 STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING AND WRITING: BALANCED LITERACY APPROACHES IN AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM (3)
Reading and writing instruction with young children: development of comprehensive, effective programs, management of programs, evaluation of learning, use of strategies to develop comprehension, word skill and composition.

SPED 646 USING TECHNOLOGY TO DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION (3)
Practical application of best practices differentiating instruction, using computer software to increase the access and learning of students with disabilities in general education curriculum. Prerequisite: Student teaching or teaching experience, and consent of department.

ECED 621 ASSESSMENT OF READING AND WRITING IN ECED (3)
Assessment to Guide Instruction: assessment of primary-grade children's reading and writing. Purposes and types of assessment tools available for use in the classroom, types of information provided by assessment tools and appropriate use of the information including communicating results and formulating specific instructional recommendations to enhance each child's growth in reading and writing.

Elementary Education Courses

EDUC 787 INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITERACY (3)
An internship with a mentor teacher providing an opportunity for an MAT candidate to focus on understanding and demonstrating a balanced approach to teaching reading. The intern will develop a reading portfolio to complete the knowledge and performance expectations of the experience. Completed concurrently with EDUC 797.

ELED 621 LITERACY ASSESSMENT IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM (3)
Examination of theories and principle of classroom literacy assessment. Practice using a range of formal and informal techniques for assessing reading and writing, and using assessment data to plan instruction. Prerequisite: ELED 611.

SPED 646 USING TECHNOLOGY TO DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION (3)
Practical application of best practices differentiating instruction, using computer software to increase the access and learning of students with disabilities in general education curriculum. Prerequisite: Student teaching or teaching experience, and consent of department.

Secondary Education Courses

SCED 560 USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (4)
Developmental reading and writing, assessment, vocabulary building, comprehension, special needs adaptations and clinical practice. Prerequisites: SCED 341 or concurrently; written permission from the Department of Secondary Education chair. (Written permission not required for part-time evening students.)

SCED 561 TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (3)
Application and assessment of reading strategies and instructional frameworks in secondary content classroom. Prerequisites: SCED 560 and currently teacher or student.

SPED 601 CURRICULUM AND METHODS OF INSTRUCTION FOR SECONDARY TRANSITION (3)
Practical application of legal requirements for preparing students with disabilities for transition into employment, post-secondary and adult settings, including prevocational and vocational methodologies, student-centered planning and interagency linkages. Prerequisite: SPED 301 and consent of department.