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ESP-Special Education

ESP501 - Intro to Except

This course introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional and educational characteristics, incidence, prevalence, and educational intervention for the major categories of exceptionality enrolled in public and private educational facilities in the K-12 grade range. In addition, the course will identify ancillary services and agencies frequently impacting special populations including the major professional organizations and those concerned with residential programming and vocational training. The course will also identify the major litigation and legislation that have significantly influenced the nature of service to exceptional populations. (3 crs.). Pre-requisite: Undergraduate Degree.

ESP502 - Life Skills/Planning/Instruct

This course prepares students to work with children and/or adults who require on-going support in order to participate in one or more major life activity. Students are required to do design and implement an instructional program with a person who needs this type and level of support. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP503 - Assess/Prescriptive Teaching

This course teaches students how to administer, score, and interpret both norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment devices and how to prescribe programs of remediation based on the results of these devices. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP506 - Transition Planning/Instructio

This course deals with special education programs for senior high school students as well as those persons who reside in the community. Emphasis is placed on vocational preparation and training. Specific techniques for task analysis of jobs, daily living skills, and social adaptation constitute a major portion of this course. Emphasis is placed on the development of functional skills that contribute to normalized development. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP607 - Early Intevention Special Educ

The course is designed to provide future educators with knowledge of history, theories, legislation and litigation associated with early childhood special education. In addition students will develop learning environments, implement research based curriculum, conduct developmental assessments, establish educational teams as well as enhance skills in communicating with team members and facilitate consultation with the targeted population and family members. [Field Experience: 30 Hours] Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP610 - Spec Ed Foundations Collab

This course is designed to provide information and skills necessary for accommodating exceptional learners in a variety of school arrangements. The primary focus is foundations of special education and collaboration/consultation for the successful inclusion of students with exceptionalities into the inclusionary classroom.

ESP611 - Assessments and Positive Behavior Supports

This course is required for all education or related services majors and is intended to provide future teachers with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and disposition: how to administer, score, and interpret both norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment devices; how to design appropriate learning environments to promote positive learning and reduce interfering behaviors; and how to design and implement schoolwide and classroom positive behavior interventions and supports. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP612 - Evid Based Practice Elem Incl

Evidence-Based Practices for Elementary Inclusion is offered to Elementary Education majors the semester prior to their student-teaching experience and is a methodology course for pre-service education teachers. The purpose of the course is to prepare elementary pre-service teachers to provide evidence-based language arts and math instruction to students with disabilities in inclusion settings. An emphasis is placed on results of research and proven methods of instruction for teaching beginning reading and math to children with learning difficulties. The course stresses a behavioral approach to teaching, as well as the development and implementation of intervention strategies for various populations of children with exceptionalities in inclusion settings. Additional topics include modifications and adaptations of materials, effective teaching, learning strategies, lesson planning, assessment, and individualized education programs. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP613 - Evid Based Practice Sec Incl

Evidence-Based Practices for Secondary Inclusion is offered to Special/Elementary Education (grades 4-8) or Secondary majors and is a methodology course for pre-service education teachers. The purpose of the course is to prepare elementary/secondary pre-service teachers to provide evidence-based language arts and math instruction to students with disabilities in inclusion settings (upper grade level). An emphasis is placed on results of research and proven methods of instruction for teaching beginning reading and math to adolescents with learning difficulties. The course stresses a behavioral approach to teaching, as well as the development and implementation of intervention strategies for various populations of adolescents with exceptionalities in inclusion settings. Additional topics include modifications and adaptations of materials, effective teaching, learning strategies, lesson planning, assessment, and individualized education programs. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP620 - Sp Ed-History, Theory & Except

This course is designed to provide information and skills necessary for individuals interested in the philosophy found within special education identification and practices. The course also serves to provide information regarding the definition, prevalence, etiology, characteristics, and general educational practices as they relate to individuals with exceptionalities. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP622 - Adv Evidence Based Prac Prek-8

The course is designed to provide future educators with knowledge of research based practices that may be employed in PK-8 in academic and nonacademic educational settings. The course will focus the future educator on techniques that will be beneficial for developing skills in core areas such as mathematics, language arts, science and social studies along with those skills that are necessary for navigating non-instructional periods. Specifically, this course will provide future educators with intensive, Tier 3, evidence-based interventions for students with exceptionalities. This course is a continuation of ESP 612 in that it provides more intensive, individualized teaching methods for those students who do not adequately respond to Tier 1 & 2 interventions. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP623 - Adv Ev-Based Prac for Sec Incl

This course serves to provide and prepare special education teachers to use research/evidence and strategy-based interventions and plan instruction of adolescents in grades 7-12 who receive special education services at Tier 3, and who may be included in the general education classroom. The course focuses on how to effectively apply the use of evidence-based practices in several curricular areas with an emphasis on the critical areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP701 - Intro to Behav Anal

This course is designed to provide a strong foundation and knowledge of basic principles of learning through the introduction of Applied Behavior Analysis, the science and technology of behavior. The focus is on current practices for group / individual data collection, program selection, and implementation. Basic research design, positive practices, group contingency, and behavior reduction techniques are emphasized.

ESP712 - Tr & Iss Except Pop

Recent issues concerning exceptional populations. A paper making use of current research is required of every graduate student, who must present it to the class. Sample issues include such matters as normalization, nature and nurture, and educational alternatives. (3 crs.) Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP720 - Sp Ed Tchg Pract

The Special Education Teaching Practicum/Internship is designed to ensure that special education majors are exposed to the full range of children covered under the comprehensive certification, i.e., mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, brain damaged and physically handicapped. The practicum/internship provides an intensive experience for the student in two special education placements for a period of 16 weeks. The practicum seminar component meets weekly to provide Special Education majors with an opportunity to discuss problems encountered by students in their teaching experiences. Students are provided with opportunities to demonstrate the effectiveness and functionality of their teacher-made devices, learning centers and curriculum materials used in their classrooms. Graduate students seeking dual certification in both special education and elementary education are also supervised within the special education department for their practicum experience. Teacher candidates are required to have one student teaching experience within special education and another in a regular elementary classroom. All other components remain the same for student teachers seeking dual certification. All coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in ESP 720. Graduate students who will student teach will be required to meet all requirements as are currently in place. (9 crs.) Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP737 - Sem in Leg & Lit

Laws and court cases, both federal and local, that have precipitated the initiation of programs for the exceptional child and with parents' efforts to receive legal support for opportunities for their children to receive an appropriate education. (3 crs.) Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP739 - Fld Exp Sem Sp Ed

A means for graduate students to obtain needed experiences with various groups of handicapped children, in such settings as an institution, a sheltered workshop, an activity center, a summer camp or a community MH/MR facility, or by doing a specific piece of research with a particular population of students. Specific requirements for individual graduate students are developed by those students and the supervising professor. (3 crs.) Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP740 - Nature/Chars ASD

This introductory course provides a foundation in understanding and addressing the unique and complex challenges individuals on the autism spectrum face in their learning, development, and social experiences. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP741 - Commun, Behav, Instr ASD

This seminar is designed to offer rigorous exploration and critical analysis of contemporary issues influencing the lifelong learning, development and sociocultural experiences of people on the autism spectrum. The course addresses core professional competencies in autism related knowledge and practice: (1) Transition, vocational and independent living, (2) Sexuality, (3)Family support and partnerships, (4) School and community partnerships; (5) professional literacy and leadership. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and 701

ESP742 - Life Transitions ASD

This seminar is designed to offer rigorous exploration and critical analysis of contemporary issues influencing the lifelong learning, development and socio-cultural experiences of people on the autism spectrum. The course addresses core professional competencies in autism-related knowledge and practice: (1) transition, vocational and independent living; (2) sexuality; (3) family support and partnerships; (4) school and community partnerships; and (5) professional literacy and leadership. (3 crs.) Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP743 - Navigating SocWrld: ASD

This seminar is designed to provide preparation in methods to enhance socialization, communication and imagination in diverse learners with ASD. The course merges the theoretical understanding of the “triad of impairments” as defining features of autism with practical modes of assessment and intervention. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701

ESP800 - Sem Adv Beh Analysis Des

The Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis and Research Design was designed for graduate students who have completed ESP 701 (Introduction to Behavior Analysis or a similar course) and who have a thorough understanding of the principles of behavior and their application within applied educational settings. The purpose is to serve as a capstone experience in the Masters degree in Mentally and Physically Handicapped Education. In this course students will integrate professional knowledge and skills gained throughout the program and learn (1) how to design and implement action research; (2) apply and critique behavior analytic techniques in education; and (3) reflect on how best to deliver and evaluate empirically supported interventions for students with or at-risk for special needs. Prerequisites: ESP 610 and ESP 701