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SPED 4010   (3-3-0)   Special Education Seminar
This required course is designed to help students prepare for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). The course will focus on content and sample questions from state authorized preparation manuals distributed by the National Evaluation Systems, Inc. Information will also be gleaned from the state publication Proficiencies for Teachers in Learner-Centered Schools and other appropriate sources. Students must score a minimum of 85% on the TExES practice test in order to be recommended by the College of Education to take the TExES examination, which is required for state certification. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Educator Preparation Program admission.

SPED 4310   (3-3-0)   Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
Learning styles and effective teaching strategies for exceptional learners using the application of research on identification, assessment, teaching, and technology for the full range of exceptional learners from learning different to gifted-and-talented learners. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

SPED 4320   (3-3-0)   Teaching the Underachiever
This course addresses the most current research and activities that work effectively with the at-risk student, as well as provide participants with successful techniques to diagnose, prescribe, and communicate concerns and needs to parents. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

SPED 4330   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Special Education
The course examines the identification, assessment and instruction of students with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on the presentation of special education roles, placement alternatives, legal implications, current status and trends in special education. An analysis of the categories of exceptionality, characteristics, and terminology will also be presented. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SPED 4310

SPED 4332   (3-3-0)   Diagnosing & Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
An intensive study of specific techniques for diagnosing problem areas in reading and remediation techniques for supplementing classroom activities. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: READ 4335, 4336, and 4337.

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