Special Education Courses

 

SPEC101 Multicultural Education
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
This course will examine diversity among people. By exploring contributors of diversity such as religion, gender, sexual preferences, socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, and disabilities, students will gain an understanding of the need for a multicultural approach to education. Several different multicultural education approaches will be explored with emphasis on implications to special education programs. This course sets the tone of the “people first” philosophy as used in SPEC 105.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC105 Foundations of Special Education
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to address the definitions, characteristics, etiologies, educational and transitional needs of, interventions and strategies for diverse learners and individuals with exceptional learning needs (ELN) through a life span approach.  The content of this course meets the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) as set forth in the Common Core (CC), the General Curriculum (GC), and the Independence Curriculum (IC).


 

SPEC119 First Year Seminar for Special Education Students

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

An introduction to the culture and mission of the university and an overview of the field of Special Education.  This course reviews campus services and provides students with an overview of teacher education at Lock Haven University while helping to develop effective learning skills for college.  Students will engage in active learning and discussions of requirements leading to certification in Special Education.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC202 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide an introduction to multicultural and global education as a concept.  Students will examine personal awareness and attitudes, cultural knowledge, instructional strategies, and curricular resources impacting PreK-12.  Consideration will be given to the instructional needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and effective teaching/learning theories, approaches, research results, and public policies that pertain to diverse learners.

Prerequisite:  None


 

SPEC204 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Addresses the definitions, characteristics, and educational, social, and emotional needs of diverse learners.  Emphasis will be given to the legal rights and responsibilities inherent in the field of special education.  Assessment procedures for eligibility, program design and performance monitoring will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC102 ) OR ( PSYC103 ) OR ( PSYC111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC212 Low Incidence Disabilities Support

Designed to examine the conceptual base, educational programming and curricular options for persons with moderate to severe disabilities.  The relationship of sensory-motor development as it relates to classroom environments and adaptations will be examined in depth.  Attention will be given to assessment, determination of goals, person-centered planning and the family-system approach.

Prerequisite:  SPEC204 or SPEC105


 

SPEC215 High Incidence Disabilities Support

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A comprehensive examination of individuals with mild disabilities (high incidence) and the accommodations/adaptations necessary for their success.   Specifically addressed will be parameters of mild disabilities, theories of learning, learning styles, educational accommodations, instructional strategies, organizations that serve this population.

Prerequisite: ( SPEC105 ) OR ( SPEC204 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC300 Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to provide an overview of communication needs for individuals with disabilities.  Language development, assistive technology and alternative communication systems will be explored.  The scope of this course is intended to enable students to become familiar with assessment and intervention strategies for students with communication disorders.

Prerequisite: SPEC105 SPEC204

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC309 Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Addresses the needs of pre-service teachers who share the responsibility of providing effective instruction to students with disabilities. Emphasis will be given to utilizing evidence based instructional practices for students with varying disabilities, creating a positive inclusive learning environment, collaborating and communicating with other school personnel and parents, and implementing positive behavioral interventions.

Prerequisite: SPEC204 SPEC105

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC310 Manual Communication & Signing
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed as an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL).  Basic ASL vocabulary is taught with attention to sentence structure, expressive skills, receptive skills, and fingerspelling.  This course will provide practical experiences in dialogue with individuals using manual communication.

Prerequisite: SPEC105 or SPEC204

Corequisite: None


 

SPEC325 Infant/Preschool Special Needs (3.0 sh)

Focusing on the foundation of early childhood special education and early intervention.  The course examines best practices related to child and family centered inclusionary, collaborative models of services.  Students will explore identification, assessment and instructional planning for children birth to age 8 years, who have, or are at risk for, developmental delays and disabilities.  The significance of professional and ethical practice will be emphasized.

Prerequisite:  PSYC102 or PSYC111


 

SPEC330 Physical Education & Recreation for the Disabled

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to explore an inclusive physical activity approach for persons with disabilities.  Students will gain an understanding of various activities and specific modifications that will enhance the participation in inclusionary recreational activities.  Emphasis will be placed on designing, implementing, and evaluating recreational opportunities that involve person-centered, capacity-building, choice and ecological inventories.  All content evolves around the goal of including persons with disabilities in regular physical education, recreation, and leisure settings.

Prerequisite: ( SPEC105 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC335 Comparative Special Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provides students with an observation and field experience by traveling to another country to tour, observe, and participate in area schools.  A comparison will be made between U.S. special education laws and regulations, and the implementation of special education services in pre-k through secondary education classrooms in another country.  These field experiences will provide students with the opportunity to compare the delivery of special education services.

Prerequisite:  SPEC105 OR SPEC204


 

SPEC338 Positive Behavior Supports

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to examine the etiology, assessment practices, and intervention strategies espoused by various theoretical perspectives for individuals with mild, moderate, and severe emotional behavior disorders. Emphasis will be on the use of functional behavior assessment and various positive behavior support strategies that can be used in classrooms or related educational facilities.

Prerequisite: SPEC105 SPEC204

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC340 Gifted

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An elective designed to teach various strategies a teacher can use to meet the academic and social needs of the gifted and talented in the regular classroom setting. Provides opportunity to work with gifted and talented students as well a discussing the theoretical and practical problems of teaching them.

Prerequisite: SPEC105

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC345 Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to address the needs of pre-service teachers who have the responsibility for literacy development and instruction for students with disabilities.  Emphasis will be given to literacy components, evidence-based practices, and varying challenges students with disabilities have in learning to read and write.

Prerequisite:  SPEC105 OR SPEC204


 

SPEC400 Professional Skills and Technology (3.0 sh)

Designed to provide students with necessary skills to effectively and efficiently perform job duties in the field of disability and community services.  Significant emphasis will be on students investigating job responsibilities within disability service agencies.  The laws related to serving individuals with disabilities and their families will be examined.  The course will focus on the use of desktop and social media software.  Using these technologies, the students will create an electronic portfolio to exhibit his/her skills and knowledge to prospective internship agencies/employers.

Prerequisite:  None


 

SPEC407 Student Teaching & Practicum Mentally/Physically Disabled 1
[Minimum Semester Hours: 7 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 7sh ]
Student teaching provides the capstone experience for pre-service teachers. Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels (appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges). Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day. University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC408 Student Teaching & Practicum Mentally/Physically Disabled 2
[Minimum Semester Hours: 7 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 7 sh]
Student teaching provides the capstone experience for pre-service teachers. Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels (appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges). Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day. University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

SPEC420 Assessing Educational Needs: Special Education Professional Semester

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to educational assessment. Emphasis is on knowledge of test content and purpose to enable selection of appropriate instruments for identification and assessment of students with learning difficulties. Basic elements of test design and usage are presented. Students survey various commercially available instruments and administer selected tests. Students will also conduct and use a portfolio assessment to develop an IEP for a child during the participation experience. This offering is designed to enable all education majors to meet required competencies for instructing students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC421 Curriculum Methods for Secondary through Transition: Special Education Professional Semester

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course offers a broad spectrum of instructional methodologies that are appropriate across various academic and life skills curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on preparing adolescents for transition from school to society. Students will write and implement lesson plans, teach units of study, develop and apply adaptations and accommodations, and demonstrate instructional practices that can be used in various content areas.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC423 Curriculum Methods for Preschool through Elementary: Special Education Professional Semester

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course offers a broad spectrum of instructional methodologies that are appropriate across various academic and life skill curriculums for preschool and elementary exceptional learners. Students will write and implement lesson plans, teach units of study, develop and apply adaptations and accommodations, and demonstrate instructional practices that can be used in various content areas.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC424 Materials and Resources: Special Education Professional Semester

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is designed to provide opportunities to explore and evaluate commercial curriculum materials and software for use in special educational settings. Additionally, students will create appropriate needs-based instructional materials and generate necessary adaptations to existing curriculum in a variety of settings. Students will gain extensive practice in creating quality teaching materials.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC425 Law and Collaborative Practices

Designed to elaborate on the major laws and the changing roles of special educators and support staff to serve all students, including those with exceptional learning needs (ELN).  Topics addressed include: laws, ethics, working with families, paraprofessionals, inclusive settings, co-teaching, collaboration/consultation models, team planning, and conferencing skills.

Prerequisites:  SPEC300 and SPEC338


 

SPEC426 Establishing and Maintaining Learning Environments in Spec Ed Special Educ Prof Semester

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This course is designed to provide strategies for organizing, planning, and delivery of instruction in special education settings. Applications for organizing a classroom will be developed to include environments for individuals with mild, moderate and severe disabilities and various levels of support.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC430 Assessing Educational Needs and Planning for Instruction
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to provide an introduction to educational assessment and instructional planning.  This course emphasizes the administration and interpretation of formal and informal individual assessments used in identifying needs of individuals with exceptionalities.  Students will gain experience in administering assessment instruments and writing evaluation reports and individualized educational programs.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC440 Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Offers a broad spectrum of instructional methodologies appropriate across all levels of academic and life skill individualized independence curriculums for individuals with exceptional learning needs (ELN). Students will develop and implement lesson plans across content areas, strategies that promote positive behavior and social skills, and appropriate adaptations and accommodations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

SPEC441 Strategies for Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to offer a broad spectrum of instructional methodologies appropriate across all levels of academic individualized general curricula for individuals with exceptional learning needs (ELN). Students will develop and implement lesson plans across content areas, strategies that promote positive behavior and social skills, and appropriate adaptations and accommodations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC450 Community Service Field Experience

[Minimum Semester Hours: 12 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 12 sh]

An internship where students are placed in a community organization/agency that servces individuals with disabilities and will be under the supervision of an experienced professional who is employed by the agency and a special education faculty member. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of the agency activities, programs, and services, and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as beginning level professionals.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC493 Student Teaching & Professional Practicum - Special Education PreK-8

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6 sh]

Designed to provide the capstone experience for pre-service teachers. Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SPEC494 Student Teaching & Professional Practicum - Special Education 7-12

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6 sh]

Designed to provide the capstone experience for pre-service teachers. Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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