SPED 5400 Introduction to Special Education and Learning Disorders

An introduction to special education including an overview of historical/legal foundations, individualized educational plans, and exceptionalities in childhood. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of learning disorders (i.e., learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, and mental retardation).

SPED 5410 Multicultural/Multilingual Issues in Learning

An introduction to culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities. Topics covered include the types of disabilities among children from various cultural and language backgrounds, perception of disabilities across cultures, reasons for the overrepresentation of various racial and ethnic groups in special education programs, the effects of second language acquisition on current classroom learning, and the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with learning difficulties.

SPED 5420 Teaching Students with Learning Disorders

An examination of the methods and curriculum that have been demonstrated to be effective for students with learning disorders.

SPED 5430 Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Intervention

Overview of the common behavior and emotional disorders commonly found in general and special education settings. An introduction to the principles of effective inclusive teaching, behavior management, applied behavioral analysis, functional assessment, and intervention.

SPED 5450 School Consultation and Intervention

Methods for the special education teachers, reading specialists, and school psychologists to work cooperatively with general educators to effectively teach students with disabilities. This course presents observational techniques, consulting skills, effective communication skills, and dealing with resistance. Applications to working in teams and committees are examined.

SPED 5460 Advanced Behavioral Intervention

Advanced techniques in the teaching, management, and intervention of students with severe behavior disorders. Applied behavior analyses, cognitive behavior modification, and social skills training will be among the techniques discussed.

SPED 5470 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Examination of the characteristics of students with low incidence disabilities. Emphasis on effective trends and practices in their education.

SPSY 5640 Individual Educational Assessment

Comparison of various methods used in the diagnosis of learning problems. Selection, administration and analysis of tests plus writing educational prescription.

SPSY 562 Family/School Collaboration

Focus on theory and skills to work collaboratively with families and professionals at an individual, group and systems level. Includes knowledge of diverse family influences on student learning, and introduces theoretical application of system thinking to work with families and organizations.

SPED 5490 Capstone: Special Education

This course provides candidates the opportunity to bring together major components of the program, culminating in a final project that is based upon a case study. Candidates will demonstrate skills in assessing students with disabilities, developing an IEP, designing small group and individual instruction and working with K-12 teachers, administrators and family members. Professional and personal reflection will serve to integrate theory and application in leadership, action-based research and as an expert practitioner in the field in this final course. 


Please note: The Special Education master’s program is currently under consideration for suspension. We will continue to offer a Special Education endorsement. Please email with any questions.