Program Courses

License Core

EDP 596: Behavioral Interventions: Theory, Principles, and Techniques

Emphasizes theoretical foundations of the behavioral model with supporting research. Presents a variety of proactive techniques for increasing appropriate behavior and for prevention and reduction of problematic behaviors. Emphasizes positive, proactive treatment approaches using the least restrictive treatment model for individual and group interventions. Addresses applications for individuals with exceptionalities mild/moderate, moderate/intensive, and gifted.

EDP 656: Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities

Advanced analysis of each exceptionality from an educational point of view. Topics include inclusion, inter- and intra-individual differences comprising exceptionalities, issues surrounding identification, classification of individuals, society's responses to exceptional individuals, and societal changes to develop the human potential of all persons.

EDP 650A: Trends/Issues in Measurement

This course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the assessment process in special education. Students will be exposed to several different standard forms of assessments and tests used to measure students abilities and aptitudes. We will gain an understanding of several statistical concepts underpinning assessments in an effort to gain a better understanding of how we make and interpret tests. Several tests will be examined as one major project to take place during the quarter. Current processes practices of RtI will be examined from an assessment point of view, and the students will identify roles within student centered teams.

EDP 571: Literacy Seminar: Clinical

Problem-based seminar designed to provide opportunities for students to learn, practice, and evaluate instructional approaches to teaching literacy skills (reading, writing, and spelling) to school-age children with written language disabilities. Students receive intensive training in literacy and work in tutorial settings. Seminar discussions focus on issues of literacy skills, and approaches for working with these children.

EDP 578: Collaboration and the Law in Special Education

This course examines the legal aspects of special education and the procedural safeguards of students and their families. It emphasizes home-school relationships, resource assistance, and collaboration among stakeholders. It involves strategies for increasing collaboration and communication among parents, schools and community service agencies to support each step within the special education process. Teacher candidates in this course will become familiar with special education law, including the Individualized Education Plan document and procedures and will develop student goals and objectives.

EDP 650K: Literacy and Assistive Technology

In this class students learn about consultation and collaboration with regards to assisted learning technologies available for exceptional students. Students will integrate information from readings and personal interviews to evaluate these technologies while focusing on special education teachers, administrators, parents and community agencies.

EDP 586: Methods I:  Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

The content of this course will examine the roles assessment, instructional framework, and implementation of evidenced based practice have on the development and progress towards the academic and behavioral goals of students with mild to moderate disabilities. A lifespan view of intervention models that will support inclusive practices that provide access to general education curriculum will be explored.

EDP 591: Methods II:  Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

This course will examine the roles assessment, instructional framework, and implementation of evidenced based practice have on the development and progress towards the academic and behavioral goals or students with learning disabilities, mild cognitive disabilities and behavior disorder. A lifespan view of intervention models that will support inclusive practices that provide access to general education curriculum will be explored.

EDP 605: Field Experience in Special Education

Field work in student's area of specialization. Experience provided at early, middle, and/or adolescent levels within current program models and standards. EDP 605 is 1 credit.

EDP 605F: Supervised Field Experience: Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (Student Teaching Practicum)

Full-time supervised student teaching field experience in student's area of specialization. Experience provided at early, middle, and/or adolescent levels within current program models and standards. Prerequisite: admission to graduate program in special education and completion of all course work in the licensure area. EDP 605F is 12 credits. *Not required of teachers seeking additional licensure.

Master Core

EDP 601: Advanced Educational Psychology

Educational psychology has been traditionally defined as the application of psychological theories, methods, and findings to the study of teaching and learning. This course offers an advanced seminar in educational psychology that prepares students to critically evaluate existing educational practices and to innovate sound approaches and interventions in light of theoretical and empirical findings. Beliefs and practices of the course participants will be assessed. Emphasis will be placed upon ideas, practices, and approaches in educational settings.

EDP 667: Behavioral Statistics I

Basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Stresses logical interpretation of results.

EDP 651: Educational Research

Introduction to and critical study of research practices and reporting processes.

EDP 652: Educational Research Practicum

Practicum in research. Prerequisite: EDP 651.