Special Education Endorsement Coursework

All candidates seeking the Special Education Modified K-12 License Endorsement will take the following 18  credit hours of coursework.

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)

Special educators are responsible for knowing the federal and state law that governs the supports and services for students with disabilities. In this course, students will analyze the law and develop and understanding of communication and collaboration, preparing for and conducting meetings, accommodations and modifications, IEP writing and transition planning. This course will also cover the ethical and professional role of special educators including confidentiality, effective communication and writing skills and self-reflection.

EGSE 5043 Special Education Teaching Methods (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 Applied 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 5213 Collaboration and Co-Teaching for Special Education (3)

The role of the special educator has changed in the last 20 years. Special Educators are now serving in a more collaborative role with general educators. They are often consulting and/or coteaching in general education classrooms. Tis course will prepare students to work with other school staff, balance a caseload while supporting the needs of all students, and to effectively communicate with paraprofessionals. Specific strategies for collaboration, consultation, and co-teaching will be learned. In addition, the importance of communicating with families, as well as techniques to collaborate with families, will be discussed.

EGSE 5223 Building Supportive Learning Environments (3)

This course covers the development of communication, language and social skills for typically developing children, as well as the deficits seen in these areas in children with disabilities. Students will learn the link between communication and behavior, the educational implications of communication and language impairments, and instructional strategies related to communication, language and social skills. Research-based interventions such as social narratives, video-modeling and augmentative communication will also be discussed.