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SPED 5310   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Exceptional Learners
Learning styles and effective teaching strategies for exceptional learners using the application of research on identification, assessment, teaching, and technology of the full range of exceptional learners including handicapped and gifted-and-talented learners.   Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


SPED 5320   (3-3-0)   Teaching the Underachiever
The 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, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


SPED 5330   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Special Education
This 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.   Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: EDUC/SPED 5310 Introduction to Exceptional Learners


SPED 5332   (3-3-0)   Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
An intensive study of specific techniques for diagnosing problem areas in reading and of remediation techniques for supplementing classroom activities.   Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Requires instructor approval.


SPED 5333   (3-3-0)   Clinical Experience in Correcting Reading Difficulties (S-L)
Directed experience in diagnosing and correcting reading problems of the individual child through field experience.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Requires instructor approval.


SPED 5350   (3-3-0)   Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies
This course addresses current research and practices that work effectively with students who have behavioral challenges. Emphasis will be placed upon providing an environment that sets the tone for positive non-confrontational interactions between teacher and students, and students to students. Proactive planning, clear boundaries, and student choice will lay the groundwork for student success.   Spring.
Prerequisite: Meet DBU Graduate School admissions requirements.


SPED 6010   (0-12-0)   Professional Portfolio
Professional portfolios provide a visual demonstration and clear understanding of student mastery of necessary skills in the student’s special education program of study. The portfolio is a culmination of the student’s accomplishments, skills, ability, and aptitude in special education at the graduate level. Degree seeking students in the College of Education will be expected to present their professional portfolio to the Educator Preparation Board for assessment as evidence of program success during their final semester. Students are to follow the portfolio guidelines provided by the College of Education.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: Student is in last semester of M.Ed. in Special Education Program.


SPED 6350   (3-18-0)   Individual Diagnostic Assessment Practicum (S-L)
This course will focus on opportunities for learners to use the principles of appraisal with students who are either in special programs or suspected of needing special programs. In the diagnostician's practicum, emphasis is placed on participation in the full individual evaluation process for identifying problems, developing interventions, and participating in school based teams.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Periodically.
Prerequisite: SPED 5310, 5320, 5330, and READ 5334.


SPED 6360   (3-3-0)   Supervision of Special Education Instruction
This course provides a study of philosophical foundations, principles, and practices of effective special education supervision in public schools. Attention is given to the supervisory methods used to improve specialized instruction at all grade levels.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: Permission required of M.Ed. Special Education Director.


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