Adaptive Program in Special Education Course Descripttions

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SPED 310: Foundations for Special Education Services - 4 Credit Hours
  This course addresses historical perspectives and current practices (Module A), laws, regulations, and policies governing practice (Module B), andaffects of
SPED 315 General Methods for Special Education Services 4 Credit Hours
  This course addresses assessments used for eligibility, placement and curricular decisions (Module A), the special education process from pre-identification through individual program implementation (Module B), and effective collaboration and communication skills with diverse learners, families, colleagues, and community stakeholders (Module C).  The course includes a supervised field experience (Module D).  Concurrent: Modules A-D  Prerequisite: SPED 310.
SPED 321 Grades K-6 Methods for Special Needs - 4 Credit Hours
  This course addresses IEP implementation using evidence-based practice.  Emphasis on collaborative teaching models.  Topics of study include lesson planning, basic skill and content area instruction, adapting methods and materials, positive behavior supports, and progress monitoring.  SPED 331: Grades K-6 Field Experience must be taken concurrently.  Prerequisites: SPED 310 & 315.
SPED 331: Grades K-6 Field Experience - 1 Credit Hours
  This course is a supervised field experience with children in grades K-6 who have an identified disability.  The course will emphasize evidence-based practices and techniques presented in SPED 321.  Students will participate in IEP development, lesson planning, and instruction.  SPED 321: Grades K-6 Methods for Special Needs must be taken concurrently.  Prerequisites: SPED 310 & 315.  
SPED 345 Behavior Management - 2 Credit Hours 
  This course addresses culturally sensitive methods for preventing and intervening with problem behavior.  Topics include school-wide discipline systems, classroom management, social skills instruction, student support meetings (Module A) and functional analysis, non-aversive intervention, and behavior intervention plans (Module B).  
SPED 361 Grades 6-12 Methods for Special Needs - 4 Credit Hours
  This course addresses IEP implementation, including transition components. Emphasis is on self-determination, self-advocacy, career awareness, and post-school options in specific outcome areas.  Topics of study include curriculum standards, lesson planning, basic skills instruction, learning strategies, adapting methods, materials and assessments, positive behavior supports, and progress monitoring. SPED 371: Grades 6-12 Field Experience must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: SPED 310 & 315.  
SPED 371 Grades 6-12 Field Experience- 1 Credit Hour 
  This course is a supervised field experience with children in grades 5-12 who have an identified disability.  The course will emphasize evidence-based practices and techniques presented in SPED 361.  Students will participate in IEP development, lesson planning, and instruction.  SPED 361: Grades 6-12 Methods for Special Needs must be taken concurrently.  Prerequisites: SPED 310 & 315.  
SPED 431 Grades K-6 Clinical Experience 
  5-6 credit hours--This course is a supervised teaching experience with a special educator who provides services for elementary level students with adaptive learning needs.  The preservice teacher will work collaboratively with the cooperating special educator, families, and school team members to apply research-based knowledge of assessment, instruction aligned to IEP goals, and positive behavioral supports.  Emphasis is on reflective, culturally sensitive practice.  Prerequisites: SPED 210, 310, 315, 345, 321 and 331.  Concurrent or subsequent semester: SPED 499.
SPED 433 Grades K-6 Internship – 4-6 Credit Hours
  This course is a supervised teaching experience with an on-site mentor who provide or supervises services for elementary level students with adaptive learning needs.  Emphasis is on application of research-based content knowledge and pedagogy and reflective, culturally sensitive practice.  This internship is designed for practicing This course is a supervised teaching experience with an on-site mentor who provides or supervises services for elementary level students with adaptive learning needs.  Emphasis is on application of research-based content knowledge and pedogogy and reflective, culturally sensitive practice.  This internship is designed for practicing teachers adding grades K-6 adaptive endorsement or for students who have completed a special education clinical experience.  Prerequisites: SPED 210, 310, 315, 345, 321, and 331.  Concurrent or subsequent semester: SPED 499.
SPED 471: Grades 6-12 Clinical Experience – 5-6 Credit Hours
  This course is a supervised teaching experience with a special educator who provides services for secondary level students with adaptive learning needs.  The preservice teacher will work collaboratively with the cooperating special educator, families, and school team members to apply research-based knowledge of assessment, instruction aligned to IEP goals, and positive behavioral supports.  Emphasis is on reflective, culturally sensitive practice.  Prerequisites: SPED 210, 310, 315, 345, 361, and 371.  Concurrent or subsequent semester: SPED 499.
SPED 473: Grades 6-12 Internship – 4-6 Credit Hours
  This course is a supervised teaching experience with an on-site mentor who provides or supervises services for secondary level students with adaptive learning needs.  Emphasis is on application of research-based content knowledge and pedagogy and reflective, culturally sensitive practice.  This internship is designed for practicing teachers adding grades 6-12 adaptive endorsement or for students who have completed a special education clinical experience.Prerequisites:SPED 210, 310, 315, 345, 361, and 371.  Concurrent or subsequent semester: SPED 499. 
SPED 499 Capstone Issues – 1Credit Hours
  This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their clinical experience or internship and professional role with peers, ACCK faculty, and special educators. Topics of discussion include professionalism, ethical issues, advocacy, diversity, and resources.  Prerequisites: SPED 210, 310, 315, 345, 321 & 331 or 361 & 371.  Concurrent or previous semester: SPED 431 or SPED 471 (or comparable Internship). 
This course is required for all education majors—not part of adaptive special education program:
SPED 210 Introduction to Infants, Children, and Youth with Special Needs - 3 Credit Hours
  This class is a survey of federal and state mandates for special education, including an overview of categorical exceptionalities delineated in the law; service delivery systems; advocacy groups; the concept of least restrictive alternatives; and the purpose and function of the IEP and IFSP.  The course is designed to introduce preservice teachers to mild and moderate handicapping conditions of children enrolled in regular education.  The course also serves as a foundation for special education majors.   (This is not an ACCK course but is a special education course required for all education majors.)   Fall, Interterm, and Spring on various ACCK campuses.  
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SPED 220:  Field Experience in Services for Students with Special Needs - 1 Credit Hour
  An early field placement for directed observation of special education teachers working with elementary- or secondary-level students with mild/moderate disabilities.
SPED 320: Beginning American Sign Language– 2 Credit Hours 
  This course provides a beginning study of ASL structure and teaches ASL, a visual gestural language, using second language teaching techniques and learning strategies.  American Sign Language is the sign language of the Deaf community in the United States.  No prerequisites.  This class is intended as an elective education course and is a prerequisite to SPED 322.  Students may enroll for full credit only.  
SPED 322: Intermediate American Sign Language– 2 Credit Hours 
  This course provides an intermediate study of ASL structure and teaches ASL, a visual-gestural language, using second language teaching techniques and learning strategies.  American Sign Language is the sign language of the Deaf community in the United States.  SPED 320 is a prerequisite.  This class is intended as an elective education course.  Students may enroll for full credit only.  
SPED 380 Topics in Special Education: (variable secondary title) - 1 Credit Hour
  This course will focus on bringing the students up to date on current methods, changes in the field of special education, and new information related to the characteristics of children and youth with special needs. This class is by consent of advisor. 
SPED 678 Topics in Special Education: (variable secondary title) 1 Credit Hour
  This course will focus on bringing the students up to date on current methods, changes in the field of special education, and new information related to the characteristics of children and youth with special needs.  This class is by consent of advisor.
SPED 678: Topics in Special Education: Topic G: Current Issues in Special Education - 1 Credit Hour
  This course is designed to be taken by the practicing teacher returning for endorsement in special education or adding an adaptive endorsement to an existing endorsement in special education It will be taken in lieu of SPED 310 for those that meet the qualification of three years of teaching children or youth with special needs, a letter documenting satisfactory performance, and a copy of certification and transcripts.  This course will focus on bringing the students up to date on current laws, changes in the field of special education, and new information related to the characteristics of children and youth with special needs meet the qualification of three years of teaching children or youth with special needs, a letter documenting satisfactory performance, and a copy of certification and transcripts.  This course will focus on bringing the students up to date on current laws, changes in the field of special education, and new information related to the characteristics of children and youth with special needs.