2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Special Education (SPE)

SPE 501A  Education of the Handcap  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501B  Contact Department  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501C  Contact Department  (2 Credits)  

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SPE 501D  Contact Department  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501E  Contact Department  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501G  Inclusion Model  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 501H  Contact Department  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 501I  Contact Department  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 501J  Contact Department  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 501K  Contact Department  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501L  Primer for Grant Writing  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501M  Pratical Apps of Pro Dev Skill  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501N  Pra Aps of Prop Dev Skills  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 501O  Plan and Cond Prof Dev Act  (1 Credits)  

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SPE 510  Introduction to Exceptional Individuals  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of the foundation for educating individuals with disabilities and special gifts. It includes philosophical perspectives, developmental differences, and cultural influences as they relate to individuals in their home, school, and community. A twenty- hour clinical experience is required.

SPE 512  Foundations of Special Education: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Educating Exceptional Learners  (3 Credits)  

This is a comprehensive active learning course designed to provide students with a framework to understand the legal requirements of providing a free and appropriate public education to learners with disabilities. The course addresses the necessary information for pre-service teachers and practitioners to understand the history and developments of special education laws, and the requirements of these laws from a legal viewpoint and an ethical perspective. In addition, opportunities are provided for students to enhance their skills in locating pertinent information in law libraries, on the Internet, and from other sources to keep abreast with the constant changes and developments in the field.

SPE 516  Managing Human Behaviors  (3 Credits)  

The focus of this course is on advanced concepts and strategies to change behavior patterns of individuals and groups. It includes a knowledge base of critical theoretical frameworks and programmatic paradigms for increasing appropriate behaviors and decreasing inappropriate behaviors that are generalized to enhance the individual's adjustment to live a harmonious and productive life in a multicultural environment.

SPE 516A  Managing Human Behavior-Adapted  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 523  Attirubutes and Medical Conditions Assoicated With Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

Medical aspects of development and legal aspects as they relate to educational issues will be explored. This will include exploration of etiology, treatment, medical characteristics and educational approaches. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) will be discussed. Twenty (20) hours of guided observation/participation at this level are required (see http://www.nsu.edu/education/pdf/ProfessionalObservationHandbook.pdf ).

SPE 523A  Attirubutes and Medical Conditions Assoicated With Disabilities-Adapted  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 523V  Characteristics of Students With Visual Impairments (pre/Co-Requiste Course)  (2 Credits)  

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SPE 524V  Braille Code  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 525V  Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 526V  Orentation and Mobility  (2 Credits)  

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SPE 532  Curriculum & Instructional Procedures for Teaching Students With Mild Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to focus on strategies for teachinq learners with mild disabilities who are accessing the qeneral education curriculum. Areas of study include terminology and etiological factors, historical perspectives, legal parameters, assessment techniques, influence of culture variables, current issues, and effective methods of instruction. A twentyhour clinical experience is required.

SPE 532V  Curriculum and Assessment for Students With Visual Impairments  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 533V  Assistive Technology for Individuals With Sensory Impairments  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 534  Individualized Education Program Implementation: Alternative Strategies for Teaching Students With Mild Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 538  Nature of and Strategies for Teaching Individuals With Severe Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide students with the means to assist individuals with severe disabilities to function more effectively in school and in the community. Areas of study include terminology and etiology, historical perspectives, legal parameters, assessment, influence of cultural variables, current issues, and effective methods of instruction. A twentyhour practicum is a requirement for this course.

SPE 538A  Nature of and Strategies for Teaching Individuals With Severe Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 540  Collaboration Procedures  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to increase the competence of teachers in meeting the instructional needs of exceptional learners. Its focus is on current issues and trends for accommodating variances in abilities through cooperation with persons from other disciplines and agencies. A twenty-hour clinical experience is required.

SPE 540A  Collaboration Procedures-Adapted  (3 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to teach strategies for building and working effectively within collaborative teams in schools. Course content addresses the following areas: Team organization; Stages of team development and team building strategies; Teamwork skills (e.g., communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution); Challenges to and supports for collaborative teams; Teams' roles in designing individualized education programs and other plans;Understanding and supporting team's relationship with family members, students and peers, related services personnel, and paraprofessionals.

SPE 542  Reading and Literacy Instruction for Exceptional Learners  (3 Credits)  

This is comprehensive active learning course designed to provide students with a foundation in literacy instruction and content area reading. Emphasis will be placed on language acquisition and the interrelated nature of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking to promote the use and understanding of language by the exceptional learner. Field experiences will facilitate student mastery of developing a balanced reading program.

SPE 542A  Reading and Literacy Instruction for Exceptional Learners  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 544  Nature of and Strategies for Teaching, Students With Learning Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

The advanced course includes historical and , theoretical perspectives, definitions and , characteristics, related effects, legal and , ethical considerations, assessment procedures,, program planning, and implementing instruction for, expanding literacy and subject-area performence., Educational experiences focus an teaching , linguistically and culturally diverse individuals , with learning disabilities. A 20 hour practicum , is a requirement of this course.

SPE 545  Collaboration, Inclusion, Transition and Other Curriculum Adjustments  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to increase the competence of teachers in meeting the instructional needs of exceptional learners. Its focus is on current issues and trends for accommodating variances in abilities through cooperation with persons from other disciplines and agencies. A twenty- hour clinical experience is required.

SPE 545A  Transition Procedures-Adapted  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 545B  Transition Procedures  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to increase the competence, of teachers in meeting the instructional needs of, exceptional learners. Its focus is on current, issues and trends for accommodating variances in, abilities through cooperation with persons from, other disciplines and agencies. A twenty-hour, clinical experience is required.

SPE 545V  Consultation and Collaboration  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 610  Education in Urban and Global Environments  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide students with an 169 advanced-level exploration of the foundations of education in America examined in the context of a cursory view of global and comparative education issues. Sociological, historical, and legal parameters are studied with attention to inclusion of cultural and ability variance. Prospective teachers are guided relative to entry, retention, and growth in the profession.

SPE 613  Assessment and Evaluation in Ecc  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide students with a theoretical, clinical, pragmatic, and relevant overview regarding the assessment and evaluation of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs. The course will also highlight procedures and measures used to evaluate a spectrum of abilities (i.e. cognition, motor, sensory, communication, adaptive behavior, and social competence) with sensitivity to class, cultural differences, environment, and family resources. The culminating focus will be using the assessment information to determine, plan, and implement appropriate placements and programs of intervention. Twenty (20) hours of guided observation/ participation at this level are required (see http://www.nsu.edu/education/pdf/ProfessionalObservationHandbook.pdf ).

SPE 613A  Assessment and Evaluation-Adapted  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 613V  Teaching Methods for Students With Visual Impairment  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 616V  Braille Reading and Writing  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 619  Educational Aspects of Abnormality  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide participants an opportunity to acquire knowledge about mentally and physically disabling conditions they may encounter in their fields of work. Attention will focus on federal and state regulations governing services for exceptional students. Information about effective techniques and interventions for interacting with disabled individuals will also be researched and discussed.

SPE 622  Comm Dvlp Svr/Prf  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 640  Psychoeducational Diagnostic Measures  (3 Credits)  

This advanced course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the psychoeducational diagnostic process. Special attention is given to the testing domains of intelligence, language, perception, academics, overt behavior, affective competence, and vocational assessment. Educational experiences focus on developing instructional interventions for linguistically and culturally diverse learners

SPE 641  Physical and Occupational Therapy  (3 Credits)  

This course emphasizes the techniques used in positioning and handling the individual, the adaptive aids and equipment used, and daily living skills. It includes the techniques to coordinate and reinforce physical and occupational therapy on a daily basis.

SPE 641A  Physical and Occupational Therapy Procedures-Adapted  (3 Credits)  

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SPE 643  Communication Development for Early Childhood Special Education  (3 Credits)  

This is a graduate course designed to increase knowledge and develop skills to enhance teachers' skills in identifying and working with young children with communication and speech challenges. Through the use of course readings, available research and case studies, candidates will develop competencies in planning and utilizing effective methods and strategies for working with children who have communication and language disabilities to maximize learning in early childhood and classroom situations. Twenty (20) hours of guided observation/ participation at this level are required (see http://www.nsu.edu/education/pdf/ProfessionalObserv atio nHandbook.pdf ).

SPE 643A  Communication Development for Individuals With Severe Disabilites  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on finding and/or developing appropriate alternative means of communication for non-verbal persons with severe disabilities with the use of the many new methods and materials including hardware and software that are emerging today.

SPE 654  Special Education Seminar  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to introduce as well as identify major and current issues in the Special Education field. Focus will be on such areas as the condition of special education, assessment and instruction, legal issues, "best practices," school and community collaboration, and student and family concerns. Students will visit special education programs in order that they may critically analyze issues and trends relating to methodology and current approaches used to educate exceptional individuals.

SPE 662  Guidance and Counseling  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to enable students to become knowledgeable of the theories of guidance and of counseling, and to understand the role of the rehabilitation counselor in the design and implementation of a vocational rehabilitation program. It emphasizes transition, supported employment, and centralized service delivery systems.

SPE 663  Case Work and Rehabilitation Counseling  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to casework management and the rehabilitation process with emphasis on vocational goals, job development, and career exploration. Emphasis will be placed on individual program design, counseling, utilization of resources, and informed choice. The course will explore the federal mandates and the effect they have on the rehabilitation process.

SPE 665  Rehabilitation Counseling: Occupational Information and Placement  (3 Credits)  

Recording, and reporting experiences of individuals and groups who seek the agency's services. This course includes occupational and labor market information, job development, job seeking skills, placement and follow up activities. Students will execute the role of the rehabilitation counselor to include conduct of print and electronic research, use of databases, and facilitation of placements.

SPE 667  Ethical Rehabilitation Strategies for the Empowerment of Culturally Diverse Populations  (3 Credits)  

Didactic and experiential constructs of understanding behavior will be embedded in this course to examine critical practice concerns in the rehabilitation counseling profession and emerging issues within the larger rehabilitation and disability communities. A general aim of the course is to help students understand the role/status of persons with disabilities in our society and to help students identify attitudes and preconceptions toward persons with disabilities. Students will draw upon their values, knowledge, and experiences in developing strategies and frameworks devoted to meeting the needs of their clients without jeopardizing the dignity of those they serve.

SPE 692  Research Methods in Special Education  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to impart mastery of types of research, selection of problems, location of information, collection and classification of data, as well as analysis and interpretation of information. Students will conduct a literature review, write a prospectus for a thesis, or write a proposal for submission to a funding agency

SPE 699  Internship in Teaching Students With Mild Disabilities  (6 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide a period of supervised teaching during which the candidate takes responsibility for a given group of individuals with mild disabilities for a definite period of time. The candidate will assess students, plan and write instructional interventions deliver instruction, monitor and document student progress, and assume all other classroom duties of the cooperating teacher. All placements will provide candidates with opportunities to interact with individuals from diverse populations.

SPE 699A  Internship: Special Education  (6 Credits)  

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SPE 699D  Internship in Teaching Students With Severe Disabilities  (6 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide a period of supervised teaching during which the candidate takes responsibility for a given group of individuals with severe disabilities for a definite period of time. The candidate will assess students, design and write instructional plans, implement plans, monitor and document student progress, collaborate with other team members, and assume all other classroom duties of the teacher. All placements will provide candidates with opportunities to interact with individuals from diverse populations.

SPE 699E  Internship in Rehabilitaiton Counseling  (6 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide culminating clinical experiences in rehabilitation counseling. Students develop and use a coherent, personalized counseling approach that is adequately based in counseling theory and research. They engage in direct interaction by observing counseling.