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 Com 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 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 Ed (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.

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