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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.

Legal Issues & Procedures in Sp Ed (SED 560)

Students examine processes and procedures required in determining eligibility and delivery of special education services as dictated by federal and state law. Topics include screening procedures, assessments (authentic, formative, summative, diagnostic, benchmark), IEP development and evaluation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Response to Intervention (RTI), inclusion issues, disciplinary procedures, and transition-related legislation in fields of special and vocational education. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse check, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record check, and PDE -6004 Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form are required. Master's session 1. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Interventions:Reading,Writing, Math (SED 565)

Application of research on teacher effectiveness, intensive intervention instructional practices, and delivery methods for students through grade 12 with mild and severe disabilities is explored. Topics include intervention strategies in reading (all content areas), writing, and math; RTI tiers; self-regulation cognitive strategies; memory; motivation; and UDL. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master's session 2. Online in synchronous and asynchronous formats. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Collaboration & Transitions (SED 570)

Topics of study include process and procedures for identifying key special education transition points; developing effective techniques for creating a collaborative culture of support among special education professionals, parents, and related service personnel; and determining how that team will ensure that students have the services and support required for safe and successful transitions. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master's session 3. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Adapt Curriculum Diverse Learners (SED 727)

Examination and application of current methods and materials for making adaptations and accommodations for students as they read, study, and learn in the inclusive classroom. The course investigates differentiated instructional approaches to facilitate learning of the content area curriculum for all students. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 4. Offered online/synchronous components. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Managing Behavioral Issues (SED 730)

Theoretical and practical study of individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders. Emphasis on the definition, characteristics, identification, intervention, educational approaches, research, and instructional strategies. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 5. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Ed Indv Low Incidence Disabilities (SED 735)

Instruction of individuals with severe/multiple and/or physical disabilities (low incidence). Topics include collecting and interpreting diagnostic assessment data to design instruction and monitor progress, transitional programs, and current research. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 2. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Ed Indv High Incidence Disabilities (SED 740)

Instruction of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities (high incidence). Topics include collecting and interpreting diagnostic assessment data to design instruction and monitor progress, characteristics of educational approaches, and current research. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 3. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Autism: Theory and Practice (SED 841)

This course investigates pertinent issues related to autism spectrum disorders and deals with the nature and dynamics of autism in relation to school, community, and home environments. Topics include definition and symptoms, family and professional relationships, behavior, multi-faceted treatment strategies, and constructive IEP/inclusion goals and objectives. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 1. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Autism Strategies Devel Social Comp (SED 842)

This course investigates information processing and sensory anomalies, language development and communication strategies, pragmatics, augmentative and alternative communication system (AAC), social skills deficits, and approaches for teaching social skills to students with ASD. Field component. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 2. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. Prerequisite: SED841. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Autism: Applied Behavior Analysis (SED 843)

This course investigates basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Topics include an historical perspective concerning the application of ABA with individuals with autism/PPD, discrete trial analysis of verbal behavior (e.g., Skinner), and direct instruction. Empiricism in educational settings, reinforcement, stimulus control, punishment, prompting, fading, task analysis, generalization and maintenance. Issues affecting persons with autism and their families are addressed, including functional analysis of behavior, sleeping, eating, toileting/grooming, and determining the credibility of treatment approaches. Application ABA principles to group/classroom settings. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 3. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. Prerequisite: SED842. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Autism: Assess, Curriculum & Transi (SED 844)

This course investigates instruments of screening, diagnosis, and identification of specific skills in developmental diagnosis, as well as assessment techniques for identification of skills in developmental domains, such as sensory, oral motor, play, and communication/language. Students practice analyzing assessment results and developing practical strategies detailing what to teach based on assessment results. The course gives an overview of curricular approaches/materials available and routinely used with individuals on the autism spectrum. Students learn about long-term program planning (including collaboration with families and service providers, program planning for life transitions, and career/vocational goals). Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 4. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. Prerequisite: SED843. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Instructional & Assistive Technolog (SED 860)

This course provides an overview of instructional and assistive technology. Learners investigate assistive technology as it relates to communication, mobility, education, recreation, vocation, independence, and therapy/rehabilitation. Course activities are designed to provide an overview of technology applications with a focus on basic, secondary, and postsecondary educational environments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s session 4. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Research-based Practicum (SED 936)

Students review existing research in special education and complete 40 hours observing and teaching in a special education environment that connects to the research studies. Students plan and implement lessons based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master's session 5. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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