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2008-2009 University Catalog

Special Education

SPED 345 INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES IN SOCIETY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Major types of disabilities and giftedness, including definitions, causes, characteristics, and educational implications. Topics include: disability perspectives and social, legal, and educational considerations of disability issues.

Same as PSY 345

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

SPED 490 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and consent of the instructor

In-depth analysis of current topics in special education. Topics vary each semester. Repeatable by topic.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NCR  

SPED 494 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and consent of the instructor

Students design and implement an independent research project in special education in conjunction with a faculty member. Repeatable.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NCR  

SPED 497 DIRECTED STUDIES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week.

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing and consent of the instructor

An intensive directed study of some aspect of field of special education under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NCR  

SPED 499 SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT/SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and consent of the instructor

Students work on research or community-based projects in the field of special education. A written report of the project is required.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NCR

SPED 541 FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION (2) [top]

Two hours lecture/discussion per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist Credential Program and SPED 345, ENGL 475, EDUC 510, EDUC 512

Ethical standards, professional practices, laws, regulations and policies related to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities and their families. Models, theories and practices that form the basis for special education practice. History of special education and contributions of culturally diverse groups. Development of professional perspective that reflects status of special education services in society.

SPED 542 MANAGING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential Program

Corequisites SPED 562 or SPED 570 or SPED 580

Functional assessment of behavior, behavior management strategies, communication styles and their impact on learning; laws, regulations, and strategies for promoting positive and self-regulatory behavior in students. Designing and implementing positive behavioral support plans.

SPED 543 EDUCATING DIVERSE LEARNERS WITH MILD TO MODERATE DISABILITIES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential Program

Corequisite: SPED 580

Characteristics and needs of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Use of environmental, curricula and instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities across a variety of environments. Designing and implementing individual instructional plans that reflect appropriate cultural and linguistic sensitivity.

SPED 544 INCLUSIONARY TEACHING METHODS (2) [top]

Two hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential Program

Corequisite: SPED 570

This course prepares students to teach collaboratively with general education teachers. Students explore the advantages and disadvantages of inclusion service delivery models used in schools for students with disabilities. Students learn how to modify curriculum, use teaching techniques and design and implement individual instructional plans for students with disabilities in general education settings. They learn models and strategies for collaborating and consulting with general education teachers.

SPED 545 ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist Credential Program and SPED 541, SPED 542, SPED 543, SPED 570

Basic principles, processes and strategies for assessment. Use of effective assessment techniques, tools and approaches for individuals who are culturally, linguistically, ethnically, socio-economically and ability diverse in general education and special education settings to make educational decisions.

SPED 546 CONSULTATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS (3) [top]

Three hours of lecture/discussion per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential Program

Corequisites: SPED 562 or SPED 570

Strategies for effectively collaborating, communicating and working in partnership with individuals with disabilities and their families, other caregivers, school administrators, general and special education teachers, specialists and paraprofessionals and community agency and related service personnel. Planning for transition across the life span for learners with special needs.

SPED 562 FIELD EXPERIENCE (2) [top]

A minimum of one school day in local public schools per week

Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential Program

Corequisite: Any of the following: SPED 542, SPED 545, SPED 546

Participatory observation in school settings under the supervision of a university supervisor and/or classroom teacher for Education Specialist Candidates and Approved Interns.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 570 STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION I (3) [top]

A minimum of one school day per week for the first eight weeks and three full school days per week for the second eight weeks.

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist Level I Program

Corequisite: SPED 544

Individuals holding valid teaching credentials will complete field experience with a resource teacher in a grade level different from their current teaching credential.

The first field experience providing teaching opportunities with the broad array of age and grade placements appropriate for special education teachers. Experience teaching individuals from a variety of cultural and linguistic groups.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 571 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (1) [top]

One hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Education Specialist Level 1 Credential Program.

Corequisite: SPED 570

Guided discussion of experiences during student teaching, and preparation for securing a teaching position.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 580 STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION II (8) [top]

A minimum of two days per week for first 8 weeks of the semester and five days per week for second 8 weeks.

Prerequisite: Admission to Education Specialist Specialist Level I Credential Program

Corequisite: SPED 544

Opportunity to gradually assume the responsibilities of a special education teacher in a public school including teaching, assessing students, IEP development, collaborating with parents, teachers and special services personnel.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 581 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (1) [top]

Two hours seminar bi-weekly

Co-requisite: SPED 580

Guided discussion of experience during student teaching, reflective feedback on student teaching experiences, and preparation for securing a teaching position.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 585 INTERN FIELD SUPPORT & SEMINAR (3) [top]

One hour seminar and four hours activity per week

Prequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Education Specialist Level 1 Credential Program and be employed as a Special Education Intern at a local school

Special education interns will participate in the Intern Field Support Seminar each semester they are enrolled in the credential program. Students will receive support at their school site and attend a seminar. Seminar will focus on guided discussion of experience during teaching, reflective feedback on teaching experiences and problem solving.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 640 INDUCTION PLANNING & SUPPORT (1) [top]

Two hours seminar per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Level II Education Specialist credential program

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

Development of a Level II Professional Induction Plan in collaboration with a University Supervisor and a District Support Provider. The plan will include university and non-university components. The plan will identify the candidate's professional area of specialization and area of need. The induction plan will build upon the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the Education Specialist Level I program and guide the candidate in developing a specific emphasis within the field of special education.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 641 ADVANCED PERSPECTIVES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Level II Education Specialist credential program

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

This course prepares teachers and administrators to remain abreast of effective advanced practices in the field of special education. Students will demonstrate knowledge and abilities to interpret apply and disseminate current and emerging research, theory, legislation , policy and practice related to special education.

SPED 642 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Level II Education Specialist credential program

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

Examination and analysis of theories, research, and best practices of behavior and environmental support for students with disabilities within their own school settings.

SPED 643 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Level II Education Specialist credential program

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

This field based seminar course builds upon students knowledge and skills of assessment and instructional methodology learned in their level I Education Specialist credential. Students have the opportunity to discuss and review current practices in special education on the local, state and national level. Students review current trends in multicultural and bilingual special education, augmentative communication, data-based decision making, early intervention, outcomes assessments, technology and other areas that effect special education practices for students with mild/moderate disabilities.

SPED 646 ADVANCED COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN SCHOOL SETTINGS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Level II Education Specialist credential program

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

Examination and analysis of theories, research, and best practices for collaborative partnerships and effective communication within their own school settings and, professional and family environments.

SPED 647 TRANSITION & CAREER EDUCATION (1) [top]

One hour seminar per week

Prerequisite: Admission to Level II Education Specialist credential program

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

Students in this seminar will gain an understanding of transition planning and career education for students with disabilities. Students will demonstrate the ability to write and implement successful transition plans for students transitioning out of public education. Students will learn about career services for people with disabilities available from educational and community agencies.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 649 INDUCTION EVALUATION (1) [top]

One hour seminar per week

Prerequisite: SPED 640, 641, 642, 643, 646, and 647

Corequisite: Working as a special education teacher

This field based seminar course will evaluate and finalize candidates' Professional Level II Induction Plan and Professional Development Portfolio. The candidate will work with his/her University Supervisor and District Support Provider to demonstrate and/or document proficiency in the California State Standards for Education Specialists. The candidate will provide evidence for professional development within an area of need and area of specialization as determined in SPED 641.

Graded Credit/No Credit  

SPED 655 HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS OF DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

An examination of the history of disabilities with an emphasis on the social reform movements and prominent philosophies that have shaped contemporary policies for individuals with disabilities in the United States. Focus on the life histories of individuals with disabilities and their families; family support and disability advocacy movements. Examination of the trends in public education and civil rights that have impacted individuals with disabilities in historical and contemporary contexts.

SPED 690 ADVANCED TOPICS: SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) [top]

Three hours seminar per week

Prerequisite: Admission to MA in Education Program

Provides a critical exmination of current issues surrounding the field of special education, examples include, instructional methodologies, latest research, legislation and policy, case law, high stakes exams, over-representation of minorities in special education, and teacher shortages.

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