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    • READ-3251 Children's Literature
      Description

      A survey of the past and current literature available for use with the young child as well as the role literature should play in early literacy development. Field placement is required.

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    • READ-3262 Teaching Content and Process: Reading Education
      Description

      An introduction to skills, approaches, materials, and methods of reading instruction. Field experience required.

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    • READ-3263 Teaching Content and Process: Integrated Literacy Education and Process Writing
      Description

      A study of language acquisition and the development of the language arts curriculum with an emphasis on reading-writing connections. Admission to Teacher Education. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4251, ECED 4283, READ 4251, SPED 3715 and MATH 3803.

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    • READ-4201 Language and Literacy for Diverse Populations
      Description

      This undergraduate course provides an overview of the role of cultural and linguistic variables in the development of literacy and language in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Topics include defining literacy and language in a multicultural context; distinguishing cultural differences from disorders in the domains of literacy and language; understanding cross-cultural communication patterns and relationships between nonverbal and verbal language systems; gaining interpersonal skills for encouraging harmony across cultures; and evaluating the cultural and linguistic features that affect service delivery when working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Examining strategies for delivering literacy and language services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations will be emphasized.

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    • READ-4251 Assessment and Correction Reading Education
      Description

      Course will provide undergraduate students with knowledge and skills to administer informal assessments to determine children's strengths and weaknesses in reading. Students will be able to analyze test results and prescribe reading strategies to help children advance through the reading process. Field experience required.

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    • READ-4253 The Reading Writing Connection
      Description

      An analysis of the ways in which the language and literacy areas of reading and writing are combined to create and develop literacy and developing learners.

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    • READ-4285 Special Topics
      Description

      Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

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    • SPED-3701 Language Development of Children with Disabilities
      Description

      An investigation of communication characteristics and needs of exceptional children. The course of normal speech and language acquisition and development will be explored, along with how the exceptional child's speech and language deviates. Specific topics will include assessment and intervention strategies, materials, and resources used in understanding and improving communication/language skills.

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    • SPED-3702 Educational Evaluation of Children with Disabilities
      Description

      Application and interpretation of formal and informal test measures designed for classroom evaluation of children.

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    • SPED-3703 Behavior Modification
      Description

      Theoretical formulations and practical applications of behavioral techniques, especially as they apply to classroom management and assisting students in developing prosocial behavior.

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    • SPED-3705 Policies and Procedures in Special Education
      Description

      Coverage of procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services, including federal and state regulations, IEP's and development of basic instructional plans.

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    • SPED-3707 Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
      Description

      A study of transition services needed by students with disabilities at secondary/middle school, elementary and preschool levels.

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    • SPED-3713 Introduction to Special Education and Mild Disabilities
      Description

      A study of the characteristics, nature and features of disabilities with emphasis on mild and moderate disabilities including etiology, definition, identification, age- and level-related characteristics, associated conditions, family/community issues, service needs and options, and resources. 'Best' teaching practices for this population will be examined.

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    • SPED-3714 Behavior and Classroom Management
      Description

      Theoretical formulations and practical applications of behavioral and instructional techniques, especially as they apply to classroom management and assisting students in developing pro-social behavior.

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    • SPED-3715 The Inclusive Classroom: Differentiating Instruction
      Description

      Study of characteristics, identification and assessment of exceptional children and youth across age ranges and levels of severity, including individualizing instruction in inclusive classrooms. 'Best' ranges and levels of severity, teaching practices for this population also will be examined. Designed for non-special education majors.

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    • SPED-3717 Diversity and Disabilities
      Description

      Historical and current influences on and effects of cultural and ethnic diversity on children with disabilities in the classroom will be examined. Activities will focus on strategies that can be employed in P-12 settings to increase achievement of all students.

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    • SPED-3751 Practicum I
      Description

      Field experience in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher in the field of intended certification. This field experience supports coursework in the general program in special education. Requires full time participation in a school setting for part of the semester.

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    • SPED-3752 Practicum II
      Description

      Field experience in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher in the field of intended certification. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in activities in which teachers of students with mild disabilities typically engage. Requires full time participation in a school setting for part of the semester.

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    • SPED-3761 Mild Disabilities: Methods for Literacy and Social Studies
      Description

      A study and application of curriculum methods, classroom organization, and management for students with specific learning disabilities and those with emotional behavioral disorders in literacy (reading, writing) and social studies.

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    • SPED-4705 Characteristics of Learner: LD and BD
      Description

      A systematic analysis of characteristics of students with specific learning disabilities, as well as those learners with emotional, behavioral, and social needs. This course will emphasize etiology, perceptual-motor, language, and academic aspects, as well as examine the types of treatment and educational programs that can be provided within school and other settings. Field experience required.

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    • SPED-4709 Special Education Policies and Procedures
      Description

      Coverage of ethical guidelines, policies, and procedures pertinent to teachers who provide special education services, including current laws, ethical standards, federal and state regulations, individualized education programs, and transition planning. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 3713.

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    • SPED-4710 Ethics, Policies, and Procedures in Special Education
      Description

      Coverage of ethical guidelines, policies and procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services, including current laws, ethical standards, federal and state regulations, and individualized education programs. Must have completed all courses from Block II.

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    • SPED-4712 Language, Communication and Technology: Mild Disabilities
      Description

      A survey of the communication characteristics and needs of students with disabilities, including characteristics and acquisition of normal speech and language, variations of speech and language in students with disabilities, and relevant intervention strategies, materials, and resources. In addition, aspects related to instructional language, assistive technology for students with mild disabilities, and implications of cultural/linguistic diversity for language, technology, and educational programs will be discussed.

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    • SPED-4713 Collaboration in School Settings
      Description

      Covers various collaborative roles required of service providers in education, with an emphasis on team interaction and meeting the needs of students with special needs in inclusion settings.

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    • SPED-4761 Mild Disabilities: Methods for Science and Math
      Description

      A study and application of curriculum, methods, classroom organization, and management for students with mild disabilities in math and science. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4712, SPED 4713, and SPED 3752.

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    • SPED-4765 Curriculum and Methods: LD and BD
      Description

      A study and application of curriculum methods, classroom organization, and management for students with specific learning disabilities and those with emotional behavioral disorders.

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    • SPED-4785 Special Topics in Special Education
      Description

      Title and description of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

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    • SPED-4786 Internship in Special Education
      Description

      Teaching one semester in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced qualified classroom teacher on the level and in the field of intended certification. A student teaching seminar (SPED 4789) accompanies student teaching. Application for field experience required prior to enrollment. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4789. Requires completion of Blocks I-III or permission of instructor.

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    • SPED-4789 Internship Seminar
      Description

      Information and issues related to student teaching in an approved setting in which students identified as having specific disabilities appropriate to certification in Special Education are being served. Requires completion of Blocks I-III or permission of instructor; must be taken concurrently with SPED 4786.

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    • SPED-4791 Practicum: Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders
      Description

      Supervised practicum in an approved setting in which students identified as having specific learning disabilities and/or emotional behavioral disorders are being served. Includes seminars and outside readings/assignments as well as in-program activities. This course can be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Application for field experience required in advance.

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  • Masters
    • READ-6262 Methods and Materials in the Teaching of Reading
      Description

      An introduction to the skills, approaches, materials, and methods of reading instruction.

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    • READ-6285 Special Topics
      Description

      Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

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    • READ-7201 Integrating Language, Literacy and Technology across Content Area
      Description

      This course is designed to help teachers communicate, integrate, and apply language, literacy, and technology strategies and skills within the content areas.

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    • READ-7261 Literacy Engagement through Writing
      Description

      This is an in-depth interactive course in which P-A candidates engage in literature based practices for effective writing instruction and assessment.

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    • READ-7262 Trends in Literacy Education
      Description

      Seminar in the areas of current and historical issues confronting the literacy professional.

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    • READ-7263 Comprehensive Literacy Assessments and Interventions
      Description

      Introduction and implementation of formal and informal assessments to analyze P-Adult literacy strengths and needs to determine interventions for progress monitoring.

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    • READ-7264 Clinical Practice in Reading
      Description

      Supervised clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of reading disabilities.

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    • READ-7265 Literature Based Reading
      Description

      An examination of the theoretical, research, and historical foundations of literature-based reading with particular emphasis on the process of implementing literature-based reading in the classroom.

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    • READ-7267 Culturally-Diverse Literature, P-12
      Description

      This course is designed to give educators an opportunity to become acquainted with classic and current literature for elementary through high school students. Emphasis will be given to integrating culturally-diverse literature representing into all curriculum areas.

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    • READ-7269 Supervision in Reading
      Description

      A study of the philosophies, responsibilities and techniques of supervision in reading programming. A field based placement is required.

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    • READ-7271 Literacy, Development, and Practices in the Digital Age
      Description

      This course is a seminar/discussion course dealing with the teaching of reading and writing (P- Adult) including an introduction to skills, approaches, materials, methods, philosophies, and theories. Significant literature will be reviewed from a current and historical perspective. Further, this course addresses evidenced-based elements of a comprehensive reading and writing program as suggested by the National Reading Panel (2000): phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension integrated with technology.

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    • READ-7281 Independent Study
      Description

      Preparation of an independent project under the direction of a full-time faculty member.

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    • READ-7285 Special Topics
      Description

      Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

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    • SPED-6705 Comprehensive Exam for the Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education
      Description

      A comprehensive final examination is administered during the fall, spring, or summer semester immediately preceding graduation to all candidates seeking a Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education degree. The exam will be proctored either at the UWG campus in a computer lab or through the proctoring services of Distance Education. This course should be taken during the last semester in the program.

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    • SPED-6706 Special Education in the Regular Classroom
      Description

      Study of characteristics, identification, and support needs of exceptional children and youth. Includes basic teaching strategies and supportive techniques/resources for meeting needs of pupils with special needs in the regular classroom. Designed for non-special education majors.

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    • SPED-6709 Regulations and Requirements in Special Education
      Description

      An examination of laws and official policies influencing practice in special education, particularly those applicable to service providers. Includes coverage of federal and Georgia rules, as well as recommendations, policies, and practices related to IEPs. Also includes attention to relevant codes of ethics for teachers.

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    • SPED-6713 Characteristics of the Gifted
      Description

      Enrollment requires a teaching certificate. An overview of the characteristics of gifted and talented individuals. Definitions of intelligence and creativity are studied. The guidelines for identifying gifted children in Georgia are addressed. Field experience required.

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    • SPED-6714 Characteristics of Learners: Interrelated Classrooms
      Description

      This course covers the characteristics and etiology of students identified as having emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), specific learning disabilities (SLD), and mild mental retardation (MMR). Types of treatment and educational programs which can be provided within school and other settings, are included.

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    • SPED-6715 Educational Characteristics of Learners: Mild Disabilities
      Description

      This course focuses on characteristics of students with mild disabilities who are included in the general education curriculum, as well as preschoolers with disabilities (disabilities covered by certification in Special Education-General Curriculum). It emphasizes knowledge of state and federal disability definitions; key characteristics, including developmental aspects and basic needs across the lifespan; and the impact of diversity on individuals, families, and communities. Support systems and resources to assist students with disabilities are reviewed.

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    • SPED-6716 Characteristics and Assessment: Severe Disabilities
      Description

      This class focuses on persons with significant cognitive disabilities, particularly children and youth who benefit most from alternative functional curricula in school settings. Topics to be addressed include features of specific conditions seen in this group; needs of individuals with severe disabilities; assessment options for appropriate identification; and issues related to definition and categorization, such as the need for nondiscriminatory assessment.

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    • SPED-6721 Professional Seminar
      Description

      This course introduces M.Ed. program requirements, as well as professional and ethical issues encountered in the field. It also encourages students to become critical consumers of research by examining educational journals and by using the Internet to gather information. Professional writing skills and requirements of APA format also are covered.

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    • SPED-6723 Ecological Development of Exceptional Learners
      Description

      This course focuses on the development of typical and exceptional children in the areas of linguistic, perceptual motor, cognitive, social, personality, emotional and psychological development. There is a strong focus on the ecological development of children and adolescents in the context of family, culture, disability, ethnicity and society. School/home collaboration strategies will be examined.

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    • SPED-6761 Classroom Behavior Management
      Description

      Theoretical formulation and practical applications of behavioral techniques, especially as they apply to management and control of behavior in the school.

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    • SPED-6763 Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Children - Gifted
      Description

      A study and application of curriculum, methods, classroom organization and management for exceptional children. This section provides cognitive and practical experience with gifted individuals.

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    • SPED-6764 Curriculum and Methods: Elementary
      Description

      A study and application of curriculum, methods, classroom organization and management for students identified as having emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), specific learning disabilities (SLD), and mild mental retardation (MMR) in elementary programs.

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    • SPED-6765 Curriculum and Methods: Secondary
      Description

      A study and application of curriculum, methods, classroom organization and management for students identified as having emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), specific learning disabilities (SLD), and mild mental retardation (MMR) in middle grades and secondary programs.

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    • SPED-6766 Basic Curriculum and Methods: General Curriculum
      Description

      This course focuses on matching learner characteristics and needs to appropriate research-based learning strategies and enabling teachers to use research-based content enhancement routines to facilitate learning, particularly for students with mild disabilities who are included in the general curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on planning, teaching, and assessing strategy usage as well as planning, implementing, and assessing content enhancement routines.

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    • SPED-6767 ADVANCED CURRICULUM AND METHODS: GENERAL CURRICULUM
      Description

      This course assists in preparing educators to enter educational settings ready to operate within the new paradigm of differentiation of instruction and collaboration within school. There is a strong focus on respecting the roles various persons play, whether it is professional, family member or student, and how these roles support each other in the process of designing effective programs for students, particularly those with disabilities. Much of the discussion will center on inclusive settings.

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    • SPED-6771 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies: Severe Disabilities
      Description

      This class focuses on instruction of pupils with significant cognitive disabilities, particularly children who benefit most from alternative functional curricula and are assessed with alternate approaches in school programs. Topics to be addressed include planning and implementing instruction, accessing general curricula, specialized curricula in relevant areas, and alternate assessment strategies. Children of preschool and elementary age will be the focus of this class, although much of the content applies across the lifespan.

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    • SPED-6772 Secondary Instruction and Transition: Severe Disabilities
      Description

      A study of transition services and instruction at the secondary level needed by students with disabilities. This course emphasizes the educator's role in the preparation for the transition of the students with disabilities from secondary school to adult living. Relevant academics, community-based instruction, work experiences, vocational assessment, preparation, life skills, and interagency collaboration are all addressed. This course will also address teaching reading and adolescent literacy development for this group of learners.

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    • SPED-6784 Seminar: Research Studies in Special Education
      Description

      Current problems and research in the field of special education.

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    • SPED-6791 Practicum: Interrelated
      Description

      Practicum experience in an approved setting in which students identified as having disabilities such as specific learning disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders, mild intellectual disabilities are being served. Includes outside readings/assignments as well as field-based activities. Application for field experience required in advance. Should be taken during the last 6 credit hours in the program.

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    • SPED-6792 Practicum I: Special Education
      Description

      Supervised practicum in an approved setting in which students identified as having specific disabilities appropriate to certification in Special Education - General Curriculum are being served. Course includes seminars and outside readings/assignments as well as in-program activities. Course is designed to be taken towards/at the end of the student's program.

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    • SPED-6793 Practicum II: Special Education
      Description

      Supervised practicum in an approved setting in which students identified as having disabilities appropriate to certification in Special Education-General Curriculum are being served. Course includes seminars and outside readings/assignments as well as in-program activities. Course is designed to be taken toward/at the end of the student’s program. SPED 6767 should be completed or taken concurrently with this course.

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    • SPED-6795 Comprehensive Exam for the Master of Education: Special Education
      Description

      A comprehensive final examination is administered during the semester immediately preceding graduation to all candidates seeking a Master of Education degree. The exam is administered on the UWG campus in a computer lab or at a proctored site. Should be taken during the last semester in the program.

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    • SPED-7701 Program Planning and Evaluation
      Description

      This course is designed to assist the educator in developing and maintaining an appropriate service delivery model for students with special learning needs. Strategies used to assess program effectiveness are discussed.

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    • SPED-7702 Technology in Special Education
      Description

      An examination of instructional and assistive technology designed to enhance service delivery to students with disabilities, with an emphasis on students participating in general education content. Use of technology for support of service delivery (e.g. data management and IEP software) also will be addressed.

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    • SPED-7704 Leadership and Administration of Special Education Programs
      Description

      Federal, state, and local organizational and administrative provisions for exceptional children; screening, identification, placement and ancillary services within educational settings. Teacher training and evaluation patterns will also be reviewed.

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    • SPED-7705 Urban and Multicultural Issues in Special Education
      Description

      Historical and current influences on and effects of cultural and ethnic diversity in the special education classroom will be examined. Activities will focus on strategies that can be employed in P-12 settings to increase achievement of students with and without disabilities.

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    • SPED-7721 Assessment in Special Education
      Description

      A comprehensive study of diagnosis and assessment, emphasizing test and measurements, formal and informal assessment, test administration, and use of diagnostic results in educational intervention for students identified as having emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), specific learning disabilities (SLD), and mild intellectual disability (MID).

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    • SPED-7722 COLLABORATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
      Description

      This course assists in preparing educators to enter educational settings ready to operate within the new paradigm of collaboration rather than that of an isolated professional. There is a strong focus on respecting the roles various persons play, whether it be professional, family member, or student, and how these roles support each other in the process of designing effective programs for students, particularly those with disabilities. Much of the discussion will center around inclusive settings.

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    • SPED-7723 Psychoneurology of Learning
      Description

      The course focuses on the psycho-neurological issues that impact many students in our classrooms today around the areas of sensory integration, language and perceptual motor development, and various medical issues. Additionally, students will explore differentiated instruction as a means of providing effective educational programs for students with disabilities.

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    • SPED-7724 Collaboration and Inclusion: Severe Disabilities
      Description

      Covers various collaborative roles required of teachers of students with severe disabilities, with emphasis on support of inclusion programs. Specific topics include consultation and collaboration with other service providers, trans-disciplinary team and integrated programming models, working with paraeducators, and collaboration with parents and families. Issues related to cultural and language diversity that impact collaboration also will be discussed.

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    • SPED-7725 Medical, Physical, and Sensory Aspects of Disabilities
      Description

      Enrollment requires completion of SPED 6716 or permission of instructor. Course focuses on information regarding body systems and dysfunction of those systems, with an emphasis on conditions associated with neurological, physical and sensory disabilities in preschool and school age children. School based treatment, care routines and intervention also will be addressed. This course is designed for individuals teaching children with severe cognitive disability, as well as for individuals providing services to children with a range of disabilities influenced by medical, motor and or sensory function (e.g. traumatic brain injury).

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    • SPED-7726 Autism: Characteristics and Instruction
      Description

      Enrollment requires SPED 6716; and SPED 6761 or SPED 3703; or permission of instructor. This course will provide students with an overview of autism, including historical, philosophical and educational foundations and research. The goal of this course is to connect these foundations and research to current educational foundations and research. The goal of this course is to connect these foundations and research to current educational practice in order to best serve students with autism in various educa-tional settings.

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    • SPED-7727 Communication and Assistive Technology: Severe Disabilities
      Description

      This class addresses two important aspects related to instruction of pupils with significant cognitive disabilities. The communication component of this class includes basics on typical speech and language development, deviations in children with disabilities and intervention strategies, materials and resources to encourage communication skills in students with severe disabilities. The second component addresses assistive technology for use in educational programs, including both low tech and high tech resources and applications.

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    • SPED-7729 Special Education Law
      Description

      This course provides public school administrators and teachers the opportunity to examine the statutory and case law requirements of educating special populations.

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    • SPED-7765 Advanced Differentiated Instruction
      Description

      This course will focus on advanced concepts related to differentiation of instruction for use by experienced special educators, primarily within inclusive settings. Needs of students with disabilities who are academic learners (those covered by Special Education-General Curriculum certification) will be emphasized. Collaboration within school settings and with community members will be included, as will attention to specialized curricula and instructional methods.

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    • SPED-7766 Direct Instruction Methodology for Reading and Mathematics
      Description

      Enrollment requires SPED 6706 and SPED 6715 and SPED 6766; or permission of instructor. This course is designed to give teachers knowledge in providing instruction using a research-based instructional methodology called Direct Instruction to ensure that a diverse student population at risk of or having deficits in, reading and mathematics can reach high achievement in these areas. Teachers also became knowledgeable in evaluating and modifying commercially developed programs to ensure the guidelines of validated research based practices have been met.

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    • SPED-7767 Strategies for Challenging Behaviors
      Description

      This course is the study of the development of intervention strategies for students with challenging behaviors. These intervention strategies will be based on positive behavioral supports, functional behavior assessment and functional analysis procedures.

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    • SPED-7781 Independent Project in Special Education
      Description

      Preparation of an independent project under the direction of the major professor.

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    • SPED-7782 Directed Research Readings in Special Education
      Description

      In-depth readings of research articles related to special education practices.

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    • SPED-7785 Special Studies in Special Education
      Description

      Title and description of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit. Variable credit 1-3 hours

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    • SPED-7786 Supervision of Special Education
      Description

      A study of and practical experience in supervising special education teaching and programming under the direction of departmental faculty.

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  • Doctorate
    • SPED-8701 Individual Appraisal of Exceptional Children
      Description

      The study of limitations in existing instruments ordinarily used in assessing exceptional children. Practice in testing children with various exceptionalities and writing brief reports. Field experience required.

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    • SPED-8704 Multicultural Issues in Education
      Description

      This course explores multicultural issues in education. Complex issues involved in educational diversity are examined.

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    • SPED-8771 Curriculum Design and Implementation
      Description

      An in depth examination of curriculum development and implementation will be conducted. Students will examine research pertinent to the types of individuals they serve and design and modify educational programs based upon recent research findings and best practice literature.

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    • SPED-8783 Readings in Research
      Description

      The design and implementation of a research project in special education.

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    • SPED-8784 Research Seminar
      Description

      Development of a complete research project paper. Prerequisites: SPED 8704 and SPED 8783

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    • SPED-8795 Comprehensive Exam for the Specialist of Education: Special Education
      Description

      A comprehensive final examination is administered during the semester immediately preceding graduation to all candidates seeking a EdS degree. The exam is administered on the UWG campus in a computer lab or at a proctored site. This course should be taken during the last semester in the program.

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