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 SPED 700 and prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in SPED 702 or SPED 703. Forty-five hours of supervised practicum required. (3 credits)

SPED 705 Educating Students with Social and Behavioral Needs
This course instructs the candidate in understanding the characteristics of adaptive learners with significant behavioral needs and in assessing and developing effective strategies to address those needs. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

SPED 707 Methods – Reading/Language Arts (K-6 or 5-8 OR K-6 and 6-12 licensure)
This course prepares the candidate to screen, assess, and identify the needs of adaptive learners in the areas of reading and language arts and to then effectively link the gathered information to intervention strategies and methods. Prerequisite SPED 700. (3 credits)

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 711 Methods of Transitioning to Adulthood (6-12 OR K-6 AND 6-12 licensure)
This course prepares the candidate to assess the skills, interests, and preferences of students as students plan for their future, to help adaptive learners understand their needs, and to help students know how to articulate needs in public school settings and beyond. 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 700 and 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)

Note: The university reserves the right to modify and resequence the core curriculum as necessary.