Special Education

Courses

EDEX 101 Neurodiverse College and Career Seminar 1.5 Credit

This course imparts to the student knowledge of social, academic and workplace skills by providing instruction on improvisational social techniques and daily living practices to assist students in adapting to college life and the workforce. Each week a different topic will be introduced, and social participation will be incorporated into each topic.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 15 credits

EDEX 142 Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to special education with specific emphasis placed on the history of special education, legal and ethical means of assessment, translating data into the Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (MDE) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) processes and critical legal issues related to special education.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDEX 336 Special Education Law and Processes 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on special education processes available for students with disabilities in grades PK-12. Specifically, this course provides an overview of child find, evaluation and education and IEP/IFSP development, implementation and monitoring concepts; as mandated by IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students will apply special education process strategies such as collaboration, problem solving, progress monitoring and early dispute resolution techniques. Specific legal cases will be reviewed throughout the term. A field experience component is required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 344 Inclusive Practices 3.0 Credits

This course introduces how to manage instruction for students with diverse learning and behavioral profiles in the inclusive classroom. It also addresses curricular, instructional, environmental adaptations/modifications and the use of technology to address students' needs. Other topics include collaboration, co-teaching and practical/philosophical approaches to inclusion. This course has a Stage 1-2 field component.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 348 Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on both low and high-incidence emotional and behavioral problems encountered in general and special education environments. Specific emphasis will be on an understanding of characteristics and interventions that support these types of students. Field experience hours are required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 349 High Incident Disabilities 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on high-incidence disabilities, specifically learning disabilities and language disorders encountered in general and special education environments. Additional emphasis is placed on an understanding of characteristics and interventions that support these types of students. Field observation hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 350 Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is on curriculum development approaches, instructional strategies, and accommodations for students with low incident and moderate/severe disabilities such as: low vision and blindness, hearing impairments and deafness, deaf-blindness, severe health and physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries. Field experience hours are required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 352 Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to teach educators how to integrate technology into instruction in general education and special education classes, specifically to support reading, writing and mathematics achievement. It also focuses on the use of technology for universal design for learning and using assistive technology with students with disabilities. Field observation hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 355 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is on students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specific emphasis will be on the understanding of characteristics, instructional strategies, and interventions that work with the range of students with ASD. The course also emphasizes behavior reduction strategies that are consistent with a positive behavioral support approach for use with students with ASD. Field experience hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 368 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-12 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is literacy skill development of students at-risk for reading disabilities and those students currently identified with reading disabilities. The course will teach a variety of instructional interventions and strategies for improving student decoding, encoding and comprehension in the content areas. The course will also focus on improving vocabulary, fluency, and motivation in students who struggle with reading. Writing strategies and Common Core standards will be addressed. The course includes assessing and progress monitoring in order to determine the success of the interventions and strategies. This course requires a field experience. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 375 Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-12 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is the teaching of science, technology, mathematics and the arts to all students in an inclusive environment. STEAM is an educational approach that uses content for guiding students in inquiry, dialogue, creative and critical thinking. These are critical life skills that students with disabilities often struggle to master. This course will teach instructional interventions and co-teaching strategies for improving student understanding of complex concepts and fostering experiential and creative learning opportunities. Field experience hours are required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 378 Special Education: Methods & Practices PK-12 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on effective instructional strategies to meet the learning needs of students with disabilities. Specific emphasis will be placed upon lesson planning, unit planning, grouping strategies and collaboration with other teachers and staff in all delivery settings. Field experience hours are required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 380 Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to teach future educators the critical role that social emotional wellness plays in the academic, social and behavioral development of children and youth. Research based programs and practices, including but not limited to, universal screening and school-wide PBIS and proactive educative approaches to encouraging coping and resiliency will be highlighted. Students will develop an understanding of universal screenings, assessments and instructional strategies related to resiliency and social emotional wellness. Field placement hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDEX 381 Understanding Social Emotional Disorders 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide future educators with an understanding of social emotional wellness and common types of mental health issues that children and youth in school experience. An understanding of the role adverse childhood experiences and trauma has on the growth, development and learning of children and youth will be stressed. Additionally, the role of the teacher and the school in contributing information to the assessment process and their responsibility to provide support according to a student’s classification and/or diagnosis will be explored. Field placement hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDEX 382 Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to teach future educators about research-based interventions that schools use to support individual students in the general education setting who are struggling with mental health issues or students who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Students will gain an understanding of the critical features of mandated and best-practice programs (e.g., trauma-informed care, PBIS, crisis planning) that support students within school settings. Evidence-based tools that can be used on a daily basis will be presented as well as crisis de-escalation. This course will focus on the use of data to inform educational practices and interventions. Field placement hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDEX 383 Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotional Wellness 3.0 Credits

This course will highlight the need to work collaboratively and authentically with parents, students and the community to address and promote social emotional wellness as well as intervening with students who are experiencing mental health issues at an intensive level. Tools and processes to communicate and advocate on behalf of students will be highlighted. Structured, intensive interventions, curriculum, and best practices will be addressed that have research support to address the needs of the individual students most in need of supports. Field placement hours are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDEX 388 Implementing Academic Interventions in Inclusive Educational Environments 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to teach educators how to use assessment and progress monitoring data to identify, implement, and modify academic interventions for students with disabilities. This course will focus on interventions in mathematics, literacy, science as well as problem solving and organization. Students will implement these interventions with a working knowledge of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in core content areas. Students will learn how to match specific interventions to the instructional areas of need and how to document these interventions in student IEPs. Field experience is a requirement of the course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX 414 [WI] Special Education Student Teaching Seminar 9.0 Credits

This course is designed to develop special education teaching knowledge, skills and abilities through student teaching, supervision and reflective practice. Activities include journaling, best practice workshops and reflecting on relevant case studies. This is the special education student teaching course. Each student will be assigned a university supervisor and be observed five times over the course of the term.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDEX 348 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 349 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 350 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 352 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 142 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 344 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 355 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 336 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 368 [Min Grade: B] and EDEX 378 [Min Grade: B]

EDEX I199 Independent Study in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX I299 Independent Study in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX I399 Independent Study in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX I499 Independent Study in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX T180 Special topics in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX T280 Special topics in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX T380 Special topics in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

EDEX T480 Special topics in EDEX 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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