Special Education – ELSP

ELSP 281 - Introduction to Mental Retardation and Emotional and Behavior Disorders (3)

An introduction to the history, causes, research, theory, and practices related to mild-to-moderate mental retardation and/or emotional and behavior disorders. Half of the semester will focus on understanding and working with individuals with emotional and behavior disorders, and the other half will focus on the social, educational, and vocational aspects of working with individuals with mental retardation. (3 credit hours) Offered Fall semester of odd-numbered years.

ELSP 282 - Introduction to Learning Disabilities (3)

An examination of the principles and conceptual models underlying the study of learning disabilities. Practical approaches to the identification and treatment of learning and language disorders are explored with a thorough examination of the information-processing model. Emphasis is placed on current theory and best practices in the field. (3 credit hours) Offered Fall semester of even-numbered years.

ELSP 283 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (2)

An overview of the pathology, etiology, impact, and treatment of various communication disorders. Deficits addressed include articulation/phonology, language, voice, hearing, fluency, and organic-based communication disorders. (2 credit hours) Offered Spring semester of odd-numbered years.

ELSP 286 - Work with Parents and Community Agencies (2)

A discussion of the adjustment problems of exceptional children in the home, school, and community. Consultation techniques and supportive skills to aid families in dealing with school and agency personnel are emphasized. (2 credit hours) Offered Fall semester of even-numbered years.

ELSP 300 - Inclusive Classroom Strategies for Exceptional Students (3)

An introduction to exceptional individuals and the methods, materials, and resources that can be used in the general education classroom to improve the academic performance of students with learning difficulties. Curricular adaptations, differentiated instruction and specific strategies in the content areas will be a focus of this course. Prerequisite - EDUC 236 The Exceptional Child (3 credit hours) Offered fall of odd years.

ELSP 340 - Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Practices for Students with Disabilities (3)

This course will focus on the creation of safe and inclusive learning environments to engage individuals in meaningful learning activities. Strategies for preventing behavior problems and positive behavioral interventions will be examined. (3 credits)

ELSP 343 - Diagnosing and Treating Reading Difficulties (3)

A study of the principles of diagnosis and remediation of reading and study difficulties. Informal and formal testing procedures and methods and materials available to classroom teachers in planning corrective reading programs are emphasized. Prerequisites: Upper Level Status and ELED 344. (3 credit hours) Offered every Spring semester.

ELSP 361 - Transition and Life Skills Education (2)

A study of instructional approaches, assessment of student interest and ability, and service delivery models related to the provision of career/vocational and life skills education for students with disabilities. Federal and state guidelines for career/vocational education counseling and instruction are discussed. (2 credit hours) Offered Fall semester of odd-numbered years.

ELSP 381 - Educational Diagnosis and Assessment (3)

A course to develop knowledge and skills in using educational assessments to plan and evaluate individualized educational programs for students with special educational needs. Emphasis is placed on procedures involved in differential diagnosis of learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and emotional disturbance as defined by federal and state guidelines. (3 credit hours) Offered Spring semester of even-numbered years.

ELSP 383 - Teaching Exceptional Children (3)

A study of methods, materials, and resources for effective teaching of students with disabilities that interfere with their success in a regular classroom. Curricular adaptations, intervention strategies, direct instruction, and learning strategies instruction are discussed. (3 credit hours) Offered Spring semester of odd-numbered years.

ELSP 400 - Topics in Special Education (2)

A capstone course designed to provide opportunity for in-depth research in an area of special education chosen by the student, as well as an overview of current legislation and practice in the field of special education. (2 credit hours) Offered Spring semester of even-numbered years.

ELSP 410 - Collaboration, Communication, and Transition: From School to Community (3)

A discussion of the adjustment challenges of exceptional children in the home, school, and community. Consultation techniques and supportive skills to aid families in dealing with school and agency personnel are emphasized. Instructional approaches, assessment of student interest and ability, and service delivery models related to the provision of career/vocational and life skills education for students with disabilities will be explored. Federal and state guidelines for career/vocational education counseling and instruction are discussed. Prerequisite - EDUC 236 The Exceptional Child (3 credit hours)

ELSP 420 - Methods in Cross-Categorical Education for the Special Needs Learner: Learning Disability (3)

Students will plan instruction for learners in their emphasis area. Students will plan for assessment, maintain a case record and analyze data to develop individualized goals and objectives for learners. Students will use general and specialized content knowledge to plan for instruction and adapt curriculum. Prerequisite - EDUC 236 The Exceptional Child (3 credit hours)

ELSP 450 - Cross-Categorical Special Education Practicum (3)

Students will complete a field experience in their area of emphasis (Learning Disabilities) under the supervision of a master teacher in an approved school, clinic. This requirement is waived for students completing student teaching through their bachelor program.Required for graduate students in the Cross-Categorical Licensing Program. (3 credit hours)

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