Special Education Endorsement Coursework

All candidates seeking the Special Education Modified K-12 License Endorsement will take the following 21 credit hours of coursework.

EGSE 5013 Special Education Assessment and Remediation (3)
Principles and practices of assessing the exceptional student are explored in order to develop technical knowledge, decision-making ability and skills related to the assessment and remediation of at-risk children and those with disabilities. Referrals, assessment measures, observation anecdotes, formative and summative assessments, assessment results and summary recommendations are explored. An emphasis is placed on measuring reliable change, evaluating existing tests and data-based decision-making so that appropriate remedial strategies can be implemented.

EGSE 5023 Special Education Disabilities (3)
Participants are provided with an overview of a variety of conditions including high-incidence disabilities, low-incidence disabilities, spectrum disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and the gifted and talented. These are examined with consideration to the psychological, physiological, social and educational characteristics of each. An emphasis is placed on causes, prevalence, diagnosis and intervention.

EGSE 5033 Special Education Law (3)
Statutory guidelines that govern the application of major components of all federal mandates for special education are examined. Attention is given to providing knowledge of current law and legislation, sensitivity to legal issues and application of legal principles related to special education services in the public school setting. IDEA, communication and collaboration, preparing for and conducting meetings, accommodations and modifications, IEP writing, transition planning and inclusive teaching practices are key components of the course.

EGSE 5043 Special Education Teaching Methodologies (3)
Participants learn pedagogical strategies and techniques, and philosophical underpinnings required for teaching exceptional students. Major topics include: characteristics of effective teaching; planning for instruction; creating effective lessons using a variety of approaches, effectively integrating technology; science instructional methods, and math instructional methods.

EGSE 5053 Foundations of Behavior Analysis (3)
This course provides historical and current context regarding the terminology, methods and applications of Applied Behavior Analysis. Emphasis will be on having students demonstrate mastery of terms used and generate examples of concepts across various settings. This is the first in a five-course series to assist in preparing students to discuss principles using a common terminology and survey how these principles are applied. Supervised experience concurrent to coursework is required and may be accessed through the college.

EGSE 5063 Behavior Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)
This course is designed to develop an understanding of data collection methods, interpretation of data and data-based decision-making. Additionally, single subject research design will be described in terms of evaluating effects of implementing interventions. Emphasis will be on selecting effective means of data collection for assessment and intervention monitoring and using single-subject research designs to describe functional relationships between interventions and behavioral outcomes.

EGSE 5073 Educational and Behavioral Interventions (3)
This course will examine the factors that contribute to challenging behavior or lead to instructional challenges, coordinating best practices for analyzing student behavior and learning styles, developing intervention plans and evaluating the effectiveness of these plans. Students completing this course will be able to use principles of applied behavior analysis to identify target behaviors, collect data on the behavior in order to establish a baseline and develop individualized and appropriate interventions.