Special Education and Habilitative Services

EDSP 1001           Basic Sign Language I                                                                                       3 cr.
This is the first in a sequence of courses developing Sign Language skills. The students will be introduced to Sign Language and fingerspelling. Receptive and expressive sign language skills will be emphasized with specific focus on the ability to participate in functional communication and artistic signing situations at a beginner¿s level. An overview of the variety of sign systems and the history of American Sign Language (ASL) will be introduced.

EDSP 1002           Basic Sign Language II                                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisites:  EDSP 1001 or consent of department.  This course is the second in a sequence of courses developing Sign Language skills. Audio-visual items will be used to enhance the process of language acquisition. It focuses more directly on American Sign Language (ASL) structure and building a broader base of sign vocabulary and phrases. In addition, participation in local events for Deaf and hard of hearing persons is required along with the study of cultural aspects of the deaf community.

EDSP 2001           Intermediate Sign Language I                                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisites:  EDSP 1001 and 1002, or consent of department. This course is the third in a sequence of courses developing Sign Language skills (ASL). Conversational skills will be promoted with specific focus on the ability to participate in more abstract communication situations with native users in natural settings. An expansion of vocabulary and internalization of the linguistic rules of ASL is emphasized, as well as increased contact with the Deaf community. Field experiences outside of class time are required.

EDSP 3610           Introduction to Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EDUC 2200 or 2204 . Study and application of recommended practices related to curriculum development, assessment, teaching strategies, instructional materials, collaboration, advocacy, and professionalism in special education.

EDSP 3620           Methods of Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities          3 cr.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and EDSP 3610. Study and application of recommended practices related to teaching language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies to students with mild/moderate disabilities.

EDSP 3640           Effective Instruction for Transition of Students with Disabilities                 3 cr.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and credit for or concurrent enrollment in EDSP 3620. This course involves the design and implementation of effective instructional strategies, including transition planning for students with mild-moderate disabilities. Candidates will participate in field experience in school settings and generate artifacts to document performance of required competencies.

EDSP 3650           Practicum in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in this course is with consent of the department. Candidates should enroll in this course in the semester prior to Student Teaching. Description: This practicum involves site-based performance activities, observations, and seminars in positive behavior intervention and support, particularly for students with mild/moderate disabilities. A major component of this practicum also includes the application of information, strategies, and dispositions associated with effective behavior management. Candidates will be required to plan, implement, and assess their own behavior management skills in an authentic K-12 educational setting.

EDSP 3660           Practicum in Inclusive Practices                                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of department. Teacher Candidates must enroll in this course the semester prior to student teaching. (Offered fall and spring). This practicum involves site-based performance activities, observations, and seminars in inclusive practices for students with mild/moderate disabilities. This course emphasizes meeting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive general education settings as well as integrating knowledge and skills acquired in the associated coursework in special education.

EDSP 3982           Independent Study in Special Education and Habilitative Services 1 min. cr. - 3 max. cr.

Prerequisite: Consent of department. Investigations of pertinent problems under the direction of a faculty member. This course may be repeated but the total credit may not exceed six semester hours. Section number will correspond with credits to be earned.

EDSP 4010           Introduction Instructional Issues for Students with Severe Disabilities      3 cr.
Examination of key issues related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective educational services for learners with severe disabilities. Emphasis on population characteristics, current service delivery issues, legislation and litigation, initial instructional design strategies, and student level instructional issues.  Candidates also are introduced to professional development strategies which will be continued throughout the program of study.  Candidates must complete a professional development plan through participation in a field experience cohort as a component of this course.

EDSP 4060           Behavior Modification in Applied Settings                                                      3 cr.
The study of and use of behavior modification techniques in applied settings. In conjunction with coursework students must complete a behavior change project in an applied setting.

EDSP 4420           Foundations in Deaf Education                                                                        3 cr.
The physiological, psychological, historical, and sociological and cultural aspects of deafness and hearing loss.

EDSP 4440           Sign Language I                                                                                                 3 cr.
An introduction to sign language and fingerspelling. Receptive and expressive sign language skills will be emphasized with specific focus on the ability to participate in functional communication situational. An overview of the variety of sign systems used in educational settings will be presented.

EDSP 4450           Sign Language II                                                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4440. A course designed to develop both receptive and expressive fluency in Sign Language(s) according to the needs of the individuals in the class.

EDSP 4510           Introduction to the Gifted and Talented                                                          3 cr.
Characteristics, identification, needs, teacher qualifications, and organizational patterns for the gifted and talented.

EDSP 4775           Tests and Measurements for Exceptional Individuals                                   3 cr.
Definition and terminology in tests and measurements as employed with exceptional individuals. Description, analysis, and interpretation of various formal and informal evaluation instruments and practices.

EDSP 4776           Practicum in Tests and Measurements for Individuals with Exceptionalities   3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4775. Conducted under the supervision of university personnel. Required activities include exposure to and experience with informal testing, use of formal evaluation results to generate Individual Education Plans (IEP's), and participation in IEP conferences.

EDSP 4810           Structure and Foundation of the Eye                                                              3 cr.
Designed to provide an orientation to the parts of the eye and their functions; abnormalities and conditions that result in varying degrees of visual loss; and general considerations which these losses require in educational programming.

EDSP 4820           Introduction to Braille                                                                                       3 cr.
Mastery of the English Braille Code Grade II (Literacy Braille Format); emphasis will be placed on transcribing through the visual modality.

EDSP 4830           Orientation and Mobility Training for Individuals who are Visually Impaired  3 cr.
Concepts and techniques involved in orientation, mobility, and daily living skills for individuals with a visual impairment.

EDSP 4990           Special Topics in Special Education and Habilitative Services                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the department. Topics will vary from semester to semester. This course may be repeated once for credit.

EDSP 5010           Introduction Instructional Issues for Students with Severe Disabilities      3 cr.
Examination of key issues related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective educational services for learners with severe disabilities. Emphasis on population characteristics, current service delivery issues, legislation and litigation, initial instructional design strategies, and student level instructional issues.  Candidates also are introduced to professional development strategies which will be continued throughout the program of study.  Candidates must complete a professional development plan through participation in a field experience cohort as a component of this course.

EDSP 5020           Initial Issues in Assessment , Instruction & Evaluation for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities                                                                                                                                       3 cr.
This course focuses on the initial study and application of recommended practices for teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities. Candidates will participate in field experiences at school sites and generate artifacts to document performance of required competencies. Available for graduate credit only.

EDSP 5060           Behavior Modification in Applied Settings                                                     3 cr.
The study of and use of behavior modification techniques in applied settings. In conjunction with coursework students must complete a behavior change project in an applied setting.

EDSP 5420           Foundations in Deaf Education                                                                       3 cr.
The physiological, psychological, historical, and sociological and cultural aspects of deafness and hearing loss.

EDSP 5440           Sign Language I                                                                                                 3 cr.
An introduction to sign language and fingerspelling. Receptive and expressive sign language skills will be emphasized with specific focus on the ability to participate in functional communication situational. An overview of the variety of sign systems used in educational settings will be presented.

EDSP 5450           Sign Language II                                                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4440. A course designed to develop both receptive and expressive fluency in Sign Language(s) according to the needs of the individuals in the class.

EDSP 5510           Introduction to the Gifted and Talented                                                          3 cr.
Characteristics, identification, needs, teacher qualifications, and organizational patterns for the gifted and talented.

EDSP 5775           Tests and Measurements for Exceptional Individuals                                   3 cr.
Definition and terminology in tests and measurements as employed with exceptional individuals. Description, analysis, and interpretation of various formal and informal evaluation instruments and practices.

EDSP 5776           Practicum in Tests and Measurements for Individuals with Exceptionalities      3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4775. Conducted under the supervision of university personnel. Required activities include exposure to and experience with informal testing, use of formal evaluation results to generate Individual Education Plans (IEP's), and participation in IEP conferences.

EDSP 5810           Structure and Foundation of the Eye                                                               3 cr.
Designed to provide an orientation to the parts of the eye and their functions; abnormalities and conditions that result in varying degrees of visual loss; and general considerations which these losses require in educational programming.

EDSP 5820           Introduction to Braille                                                                                       3 cr.
Mastery of the English Braille Code Grade II (Literacy Braille Format); emphasis will be placed on transcribing through the visual modality.

EDSP 5830           Orientation and Mobility Training for Individuals who are Visually Impaired       3 cr.
Concepts and techniques involved in orientation, mobility, and daily living skills for individuals with a visual impairment.

EDSP 5990           Special Topics in Special Education and Habilitative Services                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the department. Topics will vary from semester to semester. This course may be repeated once for credit.

EDSP 6000           Communication and Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities  3 cr.
Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Alernate Certification program in Special Education-significant disabilities or consent of department. A study of assessment and instructional strategies to teach nonsymbolic communication, prelanguage/language and literacy skills. Design of alternative and augmentative communication systems for learners with severe disabilities. Emphasis on strategies to increase meaningful communication and literacy opportunities across multiple partners, situations and settings.

EDSP 6010           Strategies for Managing Group Behaviors of Exceptional Populations      3 cr.
Effective strategies for group and whole school management with an emphasis on exceptional populations.

EDSP 6030           Health and Physical Considerations for Individuals with Severe Disabilities      3 cr.
An overview of educational considerations for students with special needs related to physical disabilities and/or health care. Emphasis on adaptation of curriculum and setting to meet the identified health and safety needs of learners with physical and multiple disabilities. Overview of positioning and handling techniques as well as safety and health care procedures including suctioning, seizure management, and gastronomy tube feeding. Emphasis on instructional techniques and modifications related to presenting physical and health needs.

EDSP 6040           Intermediate Instructional Issues for Students with Severe Disabilities      3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 5010. Continued examination of key issues related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective educational services for learners with severe disabilities. Emphasis on curriculum design, effective instructional strategies, and classroom level instructional issues. Students must complete a professional development plan through participation in a field experience cohort as a component of this course.

EDSP 6050           Advanced Instructional Issues for Student with Severe Disabilities            3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 6040. Continued examination of key issues related to design, implementation, and evaluation of effective educational services for learners with severe disabilities. Emphasis on advanced instructional issues including: meeting the needs of special populations, making data-based decisions, addressing building level instructional issues, and adjusting existing strategies to improve their effectiveness. Students must complete a professional development plan through participation in a field experience cohort as a component of this course.

EDSP 6060           Action Research in Education                                                                          3 cr.
Participants in this course will engage in explorations of action research that include single subject and multiple subjects in education. Students will identify a problem in their practice, design and action research plan, gather and analyze data, report results, and develop implications for their future teaching practice.

EDSP 6085           Foundations in Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention             3 cr.
Course includes the study of typical and atypical development during the first five years of life. Included is an overview of assessment, curriculum, and intervention models appropriate for young children with disabilities and their families.

EDSP 6090           Strengthening Family and Community Partnerships                                     3 cr.
Examination of the impact of individuals with significant disabilities on the family. Emphasis on techniques for involving family and community resources in the design, delivery, and evaluation of education/intervention services.

EDSP 6210           Effective Instruction and Support Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders - 1                                                                                                                                     3 cr.
An exploration of how the diagnosis of autism is established a review of current research and a consideration of the management of people with autism in schools and in the community.

EDSP 6220           Effective Instruction and Support Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders - II                                                                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 6210 or consent of department. Study and application of evidence based strategies to implement and evaluate effective educational programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This course requires application in field settings.

EDSP 6420           Educational Audiology                                                                                      3 cr.
The application of current audiological technology and techniques to deaf education and speech therapy for the deaf. A basic course in audiology for teachers in all areas of Special Education, but particularly for those in deaf education, assessment, and supervision of Special Education.

EDSP 6440           Language Development and Instructional Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child                                                                                                                                                              3 cr.
A survey of language development focusing on linguistic principles in language acquisition of hearing and of deaf and hard of hearing children. Linguistic structural attributes of English and American Sign Language will be presented as well as a review of current strategies of language assessment and instruction for deaf and hard of hearing students.

EDSP 6445           Communication Methodology: Assessment & Instructional Strategies Developing Literacy Competence D/HH                                                                                                             3 cr.
The study and application of the theories of literacy development, instructional methods/strategies and their application to, and adaptation for, students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Topics will include developing emergent literacy, literacy assessment, instructional materials development/adaptation, writing instruction, and literacy in the content areas for deaf and hard of hearing students. Teacher candidates will be required to participate in field experience as part of this course.

EDSP 6460           Methods of Teaching Speech and Speechreading to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students                                                                                                                                                              3 cr.
The courses in the area of Deaf Education can be taken independently of one another.

EDSP 6480           Instruction Strategies and Curriculum Development for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students                                                                                                                                           3 cr.
Utilization of curricular and language theories and principles of deaf education to create or choose a practical sequence of learning activities for deaf and hard of hearing students. Includes methods of teaching basic subjects to deaf students.

EDSP 6510           Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 4510. Defines the distinctive emotional needs of the gifted and presents strategies that educators can use to help the gifted meet those needs at school and at home.

EDSP 6540           Educational Strategies for the Gifted and Talented                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4510 or 5510. Curricular methods, materials, and resources for teaching the gifted and talented.

EDSP 6545           Literature for the Gifted and Talented                                                              3 cr.
(EDLS 6545 and EDSP 6545 are cross-listed) An exploration of research relating to reading behavior of gifted youngsters, examination of criteria for assessing books useful in promoting cognitive growth of high-ability children, and selection and utilization of literature with this population.

EDSP 6550           Gifted Talented: Curriculum Development and Program Organization         3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 4510 or 5510. Procedures for curriculum development and program organization for the gifted and talented.

EDSP 6555           Educ Provisions & Classroom Mngmnt of Children with Disabilities in Early Intervention Prog                                                                                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4550 or consent of department. In-depth examination of assessment techniques educational procedures and intervention strategies appropriate for early childhood programs serving children who are disabled.

EDSP 6560           Communication and Literacy                                                                            3 cr.
Typical and atypical language development and appropriate prevention and intervention procedures for children during the first five years of development.

EDSP 6610           Advanced Methods of Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems   3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 4601 or consent of department. Explores the theory and research underlying the various approaches used in teaching students with mild moderate handicaps.

EDSP 6625           Advanced Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 5020. An analysis of the role of a special education teacher in planning, instructing, and implementing a program for students with disabilities which supports the transition from school to adult roles including work. 1996 - 1998 Catalog Prerequisite: EDSP 4000 or EDSP 4010 or consent of the department.

EDSP 6775           Individual Intelligence Testing                                                                         3 cr.
Rationale and practicum for those individual intelligence tests most frequently used in educational assessment.

EDSP 6780           Psychoeducational Assessment of Individuals with Exceptionalities         3 cr.
Rationale for and clinical application of psychoeducational assessment procedures. Analysis and synthesis of diagnostic information used in designing appropriate educational programs and planning for individuals with exceptionalities.

EDSP 6781           Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education                                   3 cr.
Process and content considerations of consultation and collaboration used in the teaming approach. Applications of such methodologies will be to the inclusive settings (school work and community) in the delivery of services to individuals with exceptionalities.

EDSP 6785           Diagnostic Prescriptive Strategies for Individuals with Exceptionalities     3 cr.
Precision assessment of and programming for individuals with exceptionalities; administration of informal and selected formal evaluation instruments; and interpretation and application of results to instructional programming for individuals in a variety of settings.

EDSP 6850           Advanced Practices in Visual Impairments: Braille II - Nemeth Code           3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 5820 and 5830. A study of advanced educational strategies utilized in teaching students with visual impairments. Examination of procedures for teaching braille reading, the Nemeth braille code for mathematics and science, and the use of electronic devices for reading and orientation and mobility.

EDSP 6860           Low Vision and Its Educational Implications                                                  3 cr.
A study of the educational strategies utilized in teaching students with low vision. Examination of the procedures and equipment used for educating students who are partially sighted.

EDSP 6900           Practicum in Education Habilitation of Individuals with Significant Disabilities      3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Field work, observations, seminars, lectures, and/or empirical research projects in programs that provide services for individuals with severe profound handicapping conditions.

EDSP 6945           Practicum in Education of the Hearing-Impaired Student                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Field work, observations, seminars, lectures, and/or empirical research projects with hearing impaired children or adults in an academic or rehabilitation setting.

EDSP 6950           Practicum in Gifted and Talented                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 5510, 6510, 6540, 6550 and 6990. Field work, observations, seminars, lectures, and/or empirical research project in gifted and talented.

EDSP 6955           Practicum in Early Intervention                                                           3 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: consent of department. Field work, observations, seminars, lectures, and/or empirical research project in early intervention programs for the children with disabilities. Section number will correspond with the credit hours to be earned. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

EDSP 6960           Practicum in Mild Moderate Special Education and Habilitative Services   3 cr.
Prerequisite: EDSP 6620 and consent of department. Field work, observations, seminars, lectures and/or empirical research projects in programs that provide services for individuals with mild moderate conditions.

EDSP 6961           Practicum in Mainstreaming Students with Mild Moderate Disabilities        3 cr.
The Practicum in Mainstreaming Students with Mild Moderate Handicapping Conditions will provide students with field work, observation, seminars, lectures, and applied research projects in education students. Students should have completed all courses required for certification in mild moderate special education. Consent of the department is required.

EDSP 6962           Student Teaching in Special Education                                                           9 cr.
Student Teaching in Special Education is open to those graduate students who are working toward certification in special education and who do not currently hold a teaching position. Field work, observations, seminars, lectures, and applied research projects in programs that provide services for individuals with handicapping conditions. Consent of the department is required. Students should have completed all courses required for certification in special education area of concentration.

EDSP 6963           Internship in Special Education                                                                       6 cr.
The internship is open only to those students who presently hold a teaching position in a special education classroom and are under teaching contract for an academic school year. Professional teaching responsibilities, observations, seminars, lectures, and applied research projects are required. Students should have completed all courses required for certification in special education area of concentration. The approval of the Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services is required. (6 credits per semester for a total of 12 for the academic year)

EDSP 6964           Fundamentals of Technology                                                                           3 cr.
Critical issues related to using computers and technology to accommodate educational, social, and vocational needs of students.

EDSP 6970           Practicum in Psychoeducational Diagnosis                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the department. Conducted under the direct supervision of certified educational consultants or certified assessment teachers in on-site settings. Required activities include observation, preparation, testing, scoring and interpretation, staffing, report writing, and participation in Individual Educational Plan conferences.

EDSP 6980           Practicum in Visual Impairment                                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 4810, 4820, 4830, 6840, and 6850 or consent of department. The course consists of supervised field work, observations, seminars, lectures, and/or empirical research in the area of visual impairment.

EDSP 6981           Contemporary Issues in General and Special Education                              3 cr.
Discussion of critical issues, critique of literature, development of theories, models with respect to effective educational practices in general and special education.

EDSP 6982           Independent Study in Special Education and Habilitative Services    1 min. cr. - 3 max. cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the department and major professor. Investigations of pertinent problems under the direction of a graduate faculty member. This course may be repeated but total credit may not exceed six semester hours. Section number will correspond with credit to be earned.

EDSP 6985           Internship in Special Education and Habilitative Services                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the department. Assignment to a variety of educational clinical and service settings that are concerned with the diagnosis remediation and/or treatment of individuals with exceptional needs.

EDSP 6990           Selected Topics in Special Education and Habilitative Services      1 min. cr. - 3 max. cr.
Topic will vary from semester to semester. Section number will correspond with the credit hours to be earned. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours within particular degree program.

EDSP 7000           Thesis Research                                                                                    1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
To be repeated for credit until thesis is accepted. Section number will correspond with credit to be earned.

EDSP 7010           Introductory Doctoral Seminar: Leadership Roles in Special Education and Habilitative Services                                                                                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: doctoral student standing in the Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services or consent of department. An initial study of the roles and issues related to personnel preparation research and systems intervention in the field of special education and habilitative services.

EDSP 7030           Advanced Doctoral Seminar: Leadership Roles in Special Education and Habilitative Services                                                                                                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisites: EDSP 7010, 7015, 7020, and 7025 and doctoral student standing in the Department of Special Education and Habilitative Service or consent of the department. Advanced study of the roles and issues related to personnel preparation, research, and systems intervention in the field of special education and habilitative services.

EDSP 7040           Examination or Thesis Only                                                                             0 cr.
No credit. Open to students in a thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) the final typing and acceptance by the Graduate School of their thesis or dissertation or to students in a non-thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.

EDSP 7050           Dissertation Research                                                                         1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: approval by the candidate's graduate committee. To be repeated for credit until the dissertation is accepted. Section number will correspond with credit to be earned.