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MEd Curriculum & Instruction-Special Education

Required Core Courses
EDUK 500Foundations and History of Education3
EDUK 502Cultural Div Schools & Comm3
EDUK 538Curr Design and Impl3
EDUK 545Advanced Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
EDUK 598Techniques of Research3
EDUK 588Thesis (Option)0-6
EDUK 577Comprehensive Exam (Non-Thesis Option)0
ESPK 505Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
ESPK 511Beh Mgmt in Spec Educ Environm3
ESPK 513Adv Study Learn Disabilities3
ESPK 515Adv Study Develop Disabilities3
RDGK 575Reading Res and Assessment3
Total Semester Credit Hours30-36

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Required Courses

EDUK 500. Foundations and History of Education. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course examines the history of education in the United States through a study of the philosophical, historical, psychological and social foundations of curriculum. Emphasis is on the development of a philosophy of education and critical thinking about issues in education. Students must complete this course within the first twelve semester hour of graduate study.

EDUK 502. Cultural Div Schools & Comm. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An examination of various dimensions of culture related to teaching, learning, and support services in the community. Topics of study will include ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, gender, religion, age, and exceptionality.

EDUK 538. Curr Design and Impl. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The curriculum selection, design, implementation, and evaluation processes within the classroom and school district settings are examined. Factors that influence the curriculum decision-making process and a review of theories of curriculum development will be researched. Curriculum alignment and curriculum auditing will be major emphases of this course.

EDUK 545. Advanced Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The derivation of appropriate methods and techniques from basic principles of learning. The development of working skills needed in cooperative planning, selecting, and organizing teaching materials, utilization of the environment, individual and group guidance, and evaluation activities.

EDUK 598. Techniques of Research. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Fundamental concepts and tools of research applied to psychological and educational problems. Rationale of research, analysis of problems, library skills, sampling, appraisal instruments, statistical description and inference, writing the research report, and representative research designs.

EDUK 588. Thesis. 1-6 Semester Credit Hours.

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all other coursework required for the degree and consent of the major professor or approval of the department chair.

ESPK 505. Introduction to Exceptional Learners. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A survey of learner characteristics and an examination of instructional techniques that promote academic, personal, and social growth in exceptional learners and an examination of the process and procedures relating to the placement of exceptional learners. Prerequisite(s): 18 hours of professional education, certification, or admission to the graduate teacher certification program at.

ESPK 511. Beh Mgmt in Spec Educ Environm. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Characteristics of students with emotional disabilities, including the application of behavioral management strategies appropriate for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Course content includes: functional assessment of behavior; development of behavior intervention plans; strategies for teaching appropriate behavior; crisis management strategies; integrating behavior management with instructional programs in school, community and home settings. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the graduate teacher certification program.

ESPK 513. Adv Study Learn Disabilities. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A study of the research on learning disabilities, including causation, diagnosis and educational programming. Course content includes: methods for teaching students with learning disabilities; adapting general education classrooms to accommodate the inclusion of students with learning disabilities; collaboration with parents, paraprofessionals and general education teachers. Students will conduct a case study. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the graduate teacher certification program.

ESPK 515. Adv Study Develop Disabilities. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A study of research-based instructional methods appropriate for students with developmental disabilities. Course content includes: the assessment and teaching of functional academic skills, life management and communication skills; collaborating with parents, paraprofessionals, general education teachers and related service providers; community-based instruction; vocational planning and preparation. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the graduate teacher certification program.

RDGK 575. Reading Res and Assessment. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines methods and techniques employed in reading research and assessment. Includes a review of research and the development, implementation, and dissemination of classroom research. Explores the application of appropriate diagnostic and correctional procedures for elementary, secondary, and adult learners having difficulty reading. Includes clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): RDGK 573 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of the department chair.

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