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MSSE Courses

Required Courses

SPED 700 - Introduction and Characteristics of Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
This course prepares the teacher with an understanding of students’ diverse learning needs and characteristics that support their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and career development needs. The teacher will develop an understanding of the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of the interrelatedness of education and special education. (3 credits)

SPED 702 - Adaptive Instructive Methods and Strategies: K-6 and/or 5-8
This course prepares the teacher to plan and implement effective instructional methods and strategies to meet the needs of diverse adaptive learners in the K-6 and/or 5-8 classrooms. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)
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SPED 703 - Adaptive Instructional Methods and Strategies: 6-12
This course prepares the teacher to plan and implement effective instructional methods and strategies to meet the needs of diverse adaptive learners in the 6-12 classrooms. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

SPED 704 - Adaptive Instructional Strategies and Methods Field Practicum
The teacher in this field-based practicum demonstrates knowledge and skill in planning and implementing effective instruction, which is built upon standards-based goals for content, students, and community. The teacher promotes a supportive learning environment that encourages student participation. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in SPED 702 or SPED 703. Forty-five hours of supervised practicum required. (3 credits)

SPED 706 - Collaborations with Parents and Agencies
This course instructs the teacher in effective communication and collaboration skills in working with parents and agencies. Proven strategies in problem solving and conflict resolution will be covered. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credit hours)

SPED 708 - Assessments of Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
This course prepares the teacher to screen, assess and identify the needs of adaptive learners and then effectively link the information gathered to intervention strategies and methods. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

SPED 710 - Communication/Collaboration within the School Setting
This course prepares the teacher to develop and refine communication and collaborative skills and knowledge to work effectively with students, Para educators, administrators, teachers, volunteers, and other school personnel to foster a supportive learning environment. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

SPED 712 - Creating Optimal Learning Environments for Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
This course prepares the teacher to develop the knowledge and skills in behavior management to foster positive relations, promote student self-advocacy and student problem-solving to facilitate learning. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

SPED 714 Inquiry, Data Collection, and Research
This course assists the teacher in developing knowledge of data collection and research techniques that will enable him/her to design a research project that addresses a specific educational practice in a classroom setting with students with adaptive learning needs. This plan will be implemented in SPED 716. Prerequisites SPED 700, SPED 702 or 703, SPED 704, SPED 706, SPED 708, SPED 710, SPED 712. (3 credits)

SPED 716 - Advanced Practicum
This advanced field-based practicum focuses on the teacher as a facilitator of effective instruction, developer of supportive learning environments, and a promoter of social skills demonstrating professional, ethical, collaborative, and effective communication skills. The research project designed in SPED 714 will be conducted during this practicum. Prerequisite SPED 714. Ninety (90) hours of supervised teaching required. (3 credits)

SPED 720 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
This course examines the process of negotiation and conflict resolution and prepares the teacher to develop problem-solving strategies with parents, educators, and other community professionals. A variety of effective strategies and techniques will be presented through simulation, role-playing, readings, lectures, and discussions. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

SPED 722 - Communication Disorders
This course prepares teachers to address the common communication problems of students with special needs. Course topics include strategies to accommodate the special needs of students with speech and language disorders including English language learners. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

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