SPED 583

SPED 583: Educating Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
3.0 SH

In this course, students learn about characteristics, etiology/causation, and service delivery options in the education/habilitation of individuals with moderate/severe disabilities. Students explore services for these students and current issues and best practices in providing them with education and related services that best meet their unique needs. Students examine the changing role of the teacher in the coordination of ancillary personnel, implementation of empirically based educational programs, educational/behavioral assessment strategies, systematic instructional programming, and assimilation of parents into the educational process. They also explore ecological reviews of curriculum issues such as functional, chronologically age-appropriate activities; community-referenced and community-based instruction; ecological inventories; and knowledge of inclusionary/collaborative strategeis for students with moderate/severe disabilities. Students conduct observations in approved schools or programs for persons with moderate/severe disabilities.

Prerequisites: SPED 367 or SPED 567 or SPED 568 (depending on the student's program). Students must be enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Instructional Teaching Certificate (CRI), Educational Services Certificate (CRE) or Master of Education (MED).