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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.

Semester 1

PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
The course is a survey of psychology as a natural science and a social science. As a study of human behavior and the mind, the course examines current sub-areas of psychology with attention to neurology, the environment, situation and experience, and the self. Throughout the content, the course also considers how presuppositions in philosophy and theology intersect, integrate, and conflict with views on the human condition.
3
credits
FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
10
credits
Total Credits
14

Semester 2

EDUC 201
Introduction to Education
Foundational concepts of the modern educational system. Emphasis on sociological, historical, and philosophical concepts of American education with time to explore curriculum, pedagogy, technology skills, professional learning, and ethical practice within the field of education. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
11
credits
Total Credits
17

Semester 3

PSY 324
Psychology of Exceptionality
This is a survey course which attempts to develop an understanding and appreciation for students with special needs. Characteristics of those with learning disabilities, physical challenges, behavioral disabilities, developmental delays, hearing and vision impairment, and giftedness are studied.
3
credits
PSY 211
Child Development and Psychology
An in-depth study of factors influencing the development and behavior of children from conception through adolescence.
2
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
17

Semester 4

EDUC 424
Differentiated Instruction
The course will prepare teacher candidates to meet the diverse needs of ALL students, including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs, in inclusive educational settings. It will provide pre-service teachers an overview of special education and the federal laws which govern the education of these students today. Attention will be focused on the process of identifying the individual needs of students and creating effective teaching techniques to address those needs, primarily through the use of differentiated instruction.
3
credits
PSY 212
Child Development and Psychology: Young Children
An intense study of the preschool–age child in twelve key areas of development. Involves weekly observations of a preschool child in a childcare setting.
1
credits
EDUC 346
Instructional Technology
Knowledge and skills to prepare students for responsible and beneficial use of current technologies. Fundamental understanding of importance of technology in teaching and learning practices. Relevant and practical technology applications for PreK-12 classrooms.
2
credits
MATH 301
Concepts of Mathematics II
An activities approach to studying mathematics concepts in probability, functions and algebra, and numerous topics in geometry. Geometrical topics include two and three- dimensional geometry, constructions, congruences, motion and coordinate geometry symmetries and concepts of measurement.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 5

HHP 471
Adapted Physical Activity
The course focuses on the theories, principles, and practices of working with individuals with special needs in physical education, recreation, and sport programs.
3
credits
ASL 101
Beginning American Sign Language I
This beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL) is designed for the person who has no experience in ASL. The course will focus on development of vocabulary and grammatical structures of ASL, receptive and expressive skill development, and the study of deaf culture.
3
credits
EDUC 430
Families, Schools and Communities
Emphasizes the role of families and communities in the young child’s early care and education, especially the early childhood teacher’s role in building successful relationships between families, educators, schools, and communities. Strategies for increasing respectful family- school partnerships that enhance children’s school success. Field experience requirement contributes to the fulfillment of 45 clock-hours working with prekindergarten children.
2
credits
PSY 421
Adolescent Psychology and Development
The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
3
credits
PSY 422
Psychology and Development of the Young Adolescent
The course focuses on 10 to 15-year olds as they are beginning the transformation from childhood to adolescence. Targeted developmental areas are physical/sexual, social, spiritual, emotional, and cognitive development.
2
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 6

EDUC 315
Behavior Disorders and Intervention
Behavioral and emotional disorders commonly found in special and general education classrooms. Principles of effective and safe inclusive learning environments, understanding of individual development and differences, special curricula to individualize learning, applied behavioral analysis, safe intervention strategies for individuals in crisis, functional assessment, and collaboration with families, learners, other educators, related service providers and other agencies. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 316
Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities
Develops disposition of respect for all learners as individuals with high potential. Understanding of unique strengths and needs of learners with autism, intellectual disability and other moderate disabilities. Knowledge gained in assessment, instructional design, strategies, resources and adaptations useful in response to learner needs. Collaboration with learners, families, and other professionals to develop meaningful programs. Field experience required.
3
credits
ASL 102
Beginning American Sign Language II
This course builds on ASL 101 by review and development of further vocabulary and grammatical skills in ASL. This course focuses on interpretive skills, receptive and expressive skill development, and the continuing study of deaf culture.
3
credits
PSY 445
Abnormal Psychology
Reviews theories and methods which underlie the classification and study of as well as responses to abnormal behavior.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 7

EDUC 314
Assessment, Evaluation and IEP
Provides teachers knowledge of how to select, administer, score and interpret a standardized/norm-referenced assessment for exceptional learners. Utilizing formative and summative assessments in the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), to support, verify and document learning. Accommodations in assessment and testing conditions, and ethical practice in administering and scoring assessments. Analyzing data and utilizing appropriate technology to understand gaps in learning and guide planning.
3
credits
EDUC 317
Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
Characteristics of students with exceptional needs including mild disabilities such as specific learning disabilities and knowledge of assessment, referral and planning processes. Instructional design built on learners’ prior knowledge to reach full potentials. Disposition of respect for learners, understanding of strengths and needs to guide teacher planning for appropriate strategies, accommodations, resources and materials. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 8

GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
3