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Early Childhood Special Education Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Program Courses

EDUC 578
Infants and Toddlers: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Birth-3)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from birth to age three; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from birth to age three.
3
credits
EDUC 580
Pre-Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages 3 through 5)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from age three to age five; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children age three through five.
3
credits
EDUC 501
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
3
credits
EDUC 650
Family and Culture
Family and culture are integrally connected to children’s healthy growth and development. This course equips candidates to understand the complexity of families and to develop positive reciprocal relationships which support and engage diverse families as partners to support meaningful learning experiences and build effective learning environments.
3
credits
EDUC 594
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice
3
credits
EDUC 655
Inclusive Practices, Family Partnerships, and Differentiation in Early Childhood Education
This course provides an overview of the characteristics in young children with disabilities and how services under federal and state regulations/statutes are determined. Family systems, parent/family advocacy, and the influence of cultural perspectives on the education of young children with disabilities will be covered in this course. Best practice models for inclusive classroom (general education settings) learning are presented. Models of Co-teaching will be provided and explored. Team models and planning for instruction are discussed. Professional and ethical practices related to the legal, historical, and social foundations for early childhood special education are included in this course. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 10 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 657
Teaching Students with Autism and Severe/Profound Disabilities
This course provides historical, social, and legal foundations and skills for working within a framework of collaborative partnerships to support children with autism or severe disabilities across varied classroom settings. The roles of family members and consideration of diversity and multicultural backgrounds in educating children with severe disabilities and autism will be covered. This course will include characteristics of severe disabilities, autism, and special health care needs, methods of planning individualized instruction, and instructional strategies that support students with Autism and Severe/Profound Disabilities. In addition, technology applications for these populations will be discussed. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 511
Special Education and the Law
Focuses on issues related to the characteristics of special needs populations on both ends of the academic spectrum, classroom strategies for instruction of special needs populations and litigation resulting in the mandated provision of services for children with special needs. The course will also look at development and adaptation of materials, media and procedures, specific modifications and accommodations, and classroom organization/management. The course also places an emphasis on understanding and informed use of assessment data, and community involvement and collaboration.
3
credits
EDUC 692
Observing and Assessing the Young Child with Disabilities
This course emphasizes the role of assessment and evaluation in early childhood settings through observing, recording, analyzing and interpreting the behavior/characteristics and learning of young children. Candidates study and use a range of assessments including standardized tests, criterion-based tests, and group administered assessments, as well as behavioral surveys. Candidates learn to apply skills to effectively communicate and interview teachers and parents of young children, including English language learners and students with disabilities. This course includes best practices for assessment of children with special needs and team collaboration that encourages mutual respect and strengthening of school/family partnerships. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 576
Behavior Management in Inclusive Settings
This course explores fundamental concepts and issues related to behavior management at the school- wide and classroom level. Emphasis is placed on research-based intervention for behavioral issues. The instructional goals of this course are to provide candidates with theory, principles and procedures for serving the academic, social and emotional needs of students with emotional and behavior disorders in inclusive settings. To meet the goals, the course will be organized as follows: a) a brief overview of characteristics, b) planning and organizing instruction, c) assessment and educational placement considerations, d) curriculum and programming including scientifically research-based strategies, and e) educational, social and emotional issues across a lifespan. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with young children, age’s birth through kindergarten, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
3
credits
EDUC 625
Serving and Leading in Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
3
credits
Total Credits
33