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EDU 581 Instruction in the Content Areas: Special Education

This course emphasizes the application of practical, relevant instructional approaches derived from theory and research to the education of learners with special needs. Three broad objectives underpin this course. The first is to direct attention to the necessity for effective teaching methods that will result in the learning of specific skills and concepts. The second is to introduce students to content area curricula as presented in the New York State Standards. The third is to apply knowledge of methods and the Standards to the design of appropriate instruction in the content areas.
Prerequisites: EDU 580 or permission of instructor
Fall, 3 credits

EDU 582 Applied Behavior Analysis

This course is designed to prepare teachers and behavior specialists to analyze and manage the behavior of children with developmental disabilities. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach appropriate behaviors to children with disabilities. Students will be presented with basic terminology and concepts of applied behavior analysis, strategies for increasing appropriate behaviors and decreasing inappropriate behaviors, skills in the observation and evaluation of behavior change, techniques to promote maintenance and generalization of behavior, and information surrounding the legal and ethical issues related to the use of behavior management strategies.
Spring, 3 credits

EDU 583 Educational Interventions for Young Children with Disabilities

The approach of this course crosses two disciplines: early childhood education and early childhood special education. During the past decade these fields have begun to merge together as young children with disabilities have moved into more natural settings. The theory of developmental appropriateness is the organizing force of this course and will be applied to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of young children with special needs. Prerequisite: EDU 581
Spring, 3 credits

EDU 584 Educational Interventions for Middle and High School Students with Disabilities

The focus of this course is the practical application and implementation of research based practices with adolescents with mild disabilities in both special and regular education settings in the school and community. Effective instructional methods, models, and materials will be explored which have been shown effective with adolescents in order to prepare them for postsecondary and work environments of the twenty first century.
Prerequisites: EDU 581
Spring, 3 Credits

EDU 663 Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Special Education strives to meet the needs of all students identified as disabled. Recent court actions as well as legislative mandates have challenged educators to serve all children in an inclusive educational environment. This course will focus on the etiology, identification, and behavioral and educational strategies associated with students classified as emotionally and/or behaviorally disordered. The legal mandates, the procedures for assessment and placement, family issues and classroom intervention strategies will be examined.
Prerequisites: EDU 581.
Spring, 3 credits

EDU 664 Research in Special Education

The focus of this course is the use of action research as a method to guide teacher decision-making and planning in an educational setting. Students will examine the potential, the problems and the impact of action research and then generate areas of teaching and learning behaviors appropriate for an in-depth analysis.
Fall, 3 credits

EDU 667 Autism

Autism is a disorder present from very early in development characterized by a triad of impairments in social interaction, communication, and behavior repertoire. The specific characteristics and difficulties vary in severity across individuals and over time. This course will focus on the core characteristics of children with autism, how these characteristics impact learning, and best practice intervention programming based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Prerequisite: EDU 582
Summer, 3 credits

EDU 668C Practicum Special Education: Childhood Level

This course provides conditions under which the student can demonstrate competencies by working with young children with disabilities under the supervision of a qualified teacher. This course provides experience in administering assessments, designing individual instructional plans (IEPs), data collection and analysis and instructional adaptations of content area subjects. Prerequisites: EDU 583
Spring, 3 credits

EDU 668A Practicum Special Education: Adolescence Level

This course provides conditions under which the student can demonstrate competencies by working with students with disabilities at the adolescence level under the supervision of a qualified teacher. This course provides experience in administering assessments, designing individual instructional plans (IEPs), data collection and analysis and instructional adaptations.
Prerequisites: EDU 584
Spring, 3 credits

EDU 700A Thesis Proposal: Special Education - Analysis of Teaching and Learning

The primary objective of this course is to guide students to select an individual topic to be researched and plan a course of action for the full expansion of the thesis in EDUC 800. Several research components will be carefully studies, including: (a) hypotheses/research questions, (b) theoretical underpinnings, (c) research design, (d) collection and analysis of data, and (e) implication and application as it related to teaching research. Students will be expected to submit a thesis proposal by the end of the semester.
Prerequisites: EDU 583 or 584
Fall, 3 credits