Special Education Courses 2013-2014

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

 

SPE 264
Managing Behavior
2 credits

Introduces various theories / models of managing behavior. Students learn to recognize, understand and evaluate behavior and to implement procedures designed to prevent or decrease undesirable behavior and increase desirable behavior.

SPE 341
Assessing Students with Special Needs
4 credits

Provides discussion and practice in assessing academic, social, behavioral domains of children. Focuses on informal and formal tools to analyze, interpret, and communicate results to families and school teams. Covers interpretation assessment results related to Individualized Education Program development, curricula, and racial and cultural bias. Discusses effective, informal assessment techniques and emphasizes an ecological approach to gathering information. Introduces standardized assessment and screening instruments and provides an overview of the purposes and limitations of such tests. Offered in the Singapore program only.

SPE 346
Assistive Technology
2 credits

Introduces Assistive Technology (AT) solutions that can support students with disabilities in fully accessing and progressing in standardsbased curriculum activities. Include current laws and IEP considerations.

SPE 392
Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
2 credits

Explores theoretical perspectives of exceptional learning needs. Curriculum development and instructional approaches for inclusive classrooms. Factors that affect learning from multiple perspectives.

SPE 394
Curriculum, Learning and Special Needs
4 credits

Provides instruction and experience in designing curricula and learning environments for students with special needs. Students establish goals and objectives; select, modify and develop materials and instructional activities; and evaluate the appropriateness of ongoing programs. Techniques and materials for developing language, academic, social and career/vocational skills are presented.

SPE 466
Special Education: Capstone
1 credit

Discuss current issues in special education including policies and practices. Seminar facilitates collaboration to discuss drafts of analytic and reflective essay to demonstrate competence in the Council for Exceptional Children standards. Prerequisite: Can be taken concurrently with SPP 470, SPP, 471, and SPE 481.

SPE 467
Special Education: Portfolio Development
1 credit

Enables students to complete a digital portfolio demonstrating their achievement of the Council of Exceptional Children standards. Prerequisite: Passage of Massachusetts Literacy and Communication (Reading and Writing subtests), General Curriculum (Multiple subject and Math sub-tests), and Foundations of Reading Tests for Educator Licensure. Can be taken concurrently with SPP 470, SPP 471, SPE 481, and SPE 466 Special Education: Capstone.

SPE 481
Assessing Students with Special Needs
4 credits

Discussion and practice assessing academic, social, behavioral domains of children. Focus on informal and formal tools to analyze, interpret and communicate results to families and school teams. Interpret assessment results related to Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, curricula, and racial and cultural bias. Co-requisite: supervised placement.

SPE 542
Impact of Special Needs
3 credits

Surveys various disabilities and their impact on learning and development. Covers legislative issues, IEP development, service delivery models, and strategies for working with families/service providers of children with special needs.

SPE 560
Understanding and Managing Behavior
2 credits

Explores traditional and current theories and model of managing behavior. Emphasis on analyzing and understanding causes and explanations. Examines approaches for preventing or decreasing undesirable behavior and increasing self-control. (Online course or one week course))

SPE 635
Number Sense For Learners Who Struggle
3 credits

Discusses effective strategies to meet students' needs and effective assessment procedures. Reviews the big ideas of number sense and current mathematics curricula. Prerequisite: EDU 535 or approved waiver.

SPE 644
Instructional Methods Seminar I
1 credit

Focuses on use of evidence based instructional practices for students in inclusive classrooms. Selection, application, and modification of EBP across curricular content areas will be discussed. Related topics such as Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention will be covered. Open only to students in the IESE program or with permission of instructor.

SPE 646
Instructional Methods Seminar II
1 credit

Focuses on use of evidence-based instructional practices for students in inclusive classrooms. Selection, application, and modification of EBP across curricular content areas will be discussed. Related topics such as Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention will be covered. Taken concurrently with SPP 640 or EDP 536 or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: SPE 644 Instructional Methods Seminar I.

SPE 650
Understanding Reading Difficulties
2 credits

Takes a critical orientation to examine reading programs, instructional approaches, informal literacy assessment, and factors that influence reading development: decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Explores implications of social, political, and cultural contexts on understanding literacy practices.

SPE 652
Inclusive Education Curriculum
3 credits

Develops theoretical and practical knowledge of innovative curricula, flexible classroom environments, and inclusive teaching practices that integrate physical, behavioral, social and academic needs of children. Emphasizes that effective curriculum grows from the intersection of accurate assessment, meaningful schoolwork and a supportive classroom ecology.

SPE 654
Advanced Inclusive Curriculum
3 credits

Provides direct, guided practice in planning and implementing curricula that address the academic, social, behavioral and physical learning requirements of children with special needs. Emphasizes group problem-solving as participants research, develop and implement curricula and pedagogies which respond to the assessed learning needs of children in inclusive and special classrooms.

SPE 656
Special Education Assessment
3 credits

Develop skills assessing academic, social, behavioral domains of children's learning. Emphasizes both informal and formal tools to analyze, interpret and communicate results to families and school teams. Critique assessment results related to Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, curricula, and racial and cultural bias. (Co-requisite: Current placement teaching children; prerequisite: SPE 542; or permission of instructor.)

SPE 680
Portfolio Development: Special Education
1 credit

Develop performance assessment portfolio demonstrating competence in Council for Exceptional Children and Wheelock Educator standards. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator License (MTEL) in Communication and Literacy, General Curriculum, and Foundations of Readings

SPE 685
Democracy and Education
2 credits

Provides a social, historical, legal and political context for understanding special education practice and policy;. Addresses issues of curricular quality, bias in assessment, equity and parent empowerment.

SPE 710
Assistive Technology
1 credit

Introduces Assistive Technology (AT) solutions that can support students with disabilities in fully accessing and progressing in standardsbased curriculum activities. Includes current laws and IEP considerations. Provides overview on integration of technology in teaching and learning.

SPP 460
Practicum I: Students with Special Needs
4 credits

Supervised experience with school-aged children with exceptional learning needs in inclusive, resource, or substantially separate classrooms in public or private settings. Students have increasing responsibility for curriculum design and all other responsibilities of a teacher. 4 days a week. Taken concurrently with SPP 461 Seminar I: Students with Special Needs.

SPP 461
Seminar I: Students with Special Needs
2 credits

Reflect upon and analyze their experiences with school-aged children during the practicum experience. Must be taken concurrently with SPP 460.

SPP 470
Practicum II: Students with Special Needs
3 credits

A second experience with school-aged children with exceptional learning needs, at a different age level and/or displaying different learning needs than the first practicum. Students have increasing responsibility for curriculum design and all other responsibilities of a teacher. 3 days a week. Taken concurrently with SPP 471.

SPP 471
Seminar II: Students with Special Needs.
1 credit

Reflect upon and analyze their experiences with school-aged children during the practicum experience. Must be taken concurrently with SPP 470.

SPP 640
Practicum: Students with Special Needs
3 credits

Supervised experience with school-aged children with exceptional learning needs in inclusive, resource, or substantially separate classrooms in public or private settings (PreK- 8). Students have increasing responsibility for curriculum design and all other responsibilities of a teacher. Minimum 300 hours. fulfills requirement for TSMD license endorsement. 

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