Course Description Listing


SPED- 100 Introduction To Special Education (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to the special education profession. Survey of the history, philosophy, mission, legislation, issues, organization, and resources associated with the profession; and introduction to the professional standards and content guidelines.

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SPED- 199 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SPED- 299 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SPED- 300 Introduction To Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to etiology of mental retardation; psychological, educational, social and vocational aspects; adjustment techniques used in working with mentally retarded persons.

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SPED- 301 Learning Disabilities (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Identification, remediation and evaluation of learning disabled; intervention techniques used with adolescents and adults.

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SPED- 305 Early Childhood Inclusion of Students with Exceptional Needs (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
History and purpose of Early Childhood Special Education. Programming; legislation; population receiving services; adaptations; strategies; family intervention; intervention models; inclusion of all students in the natural environment or least restrictive environment.

Prerequisite: take ECE-100

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SPED- 310 ECSE Methods, Materials and Curriculum (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curricular and methodological adaptation; embedding goals and objectives for young children with exceptional needs in the areas of social-emotional development, motor skills, self-help skills, communication, cognitive development.

Prerequisite: take SPED-305

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SPED- 315 Early Childhood Special Education Organization and Implementation (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Organization and implementation of Early Childhood Special Education programs. Service delivery; itinerant services; consultation and collaboration; and intervention models.

Prerequisite: take SPED-305

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SPED- 320 Early Childhood Special Education Assessment (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Supervised practice in assessment of young children with suspected or identified developmental delays. Standardized and informal assessment instruments for screening; determining eligibility for special needs programming; and progress monitoring of early learning in early childhood children.

Prerequisites: SPED-305, SPED-310, and SPED-315

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SPED- 322 Curriculum & Instruction: Severe Disabilities (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum and instruction strategies for teaching functional academics, personal/social, vocational, and community living skills to individual with sever and profound disabilities.

Prerequisite: Benchmark I completion, SPED-300 and SPED-430

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SPED- 323 Mild Disabilities: Social Studies And Science (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum and methods of teaching students with mild cognitive, learning, and emotional/behavioral disabilities in the content areas of social studies, science, and in general education. Strategies that facilitate integration, improve maintenance and generalization of skills, promote transitions, increase self-awareness and self- management, and compensate for learning deficits.

Prerequisites: must have completed Benchmark 1, and take SPED-300, SPED-301, SPED-430

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SPED- 324 Curriculum & Instruction: Career & Transition Education (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum and instruction for persons with disabilities in prevocational, career education, career preparation, and transition, stressing collaboration between education, community-based service providers, and families.

Prerequisite: Benchmark I completion, SPED-300 and SPED-430

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SPED- 326 Pre-Student Teaching: Cognitive Disabilities (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Supervised experience in observing, planning instruction, and teaching children and youth with cognitive disabilities in a cross-categorical school environment. Repeatable three times for credit.
Department consent

Prerequisites: Benchmark 1 completion and SPED-300

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SPED- 328 Assessment For Individual Education/ Transition Plans (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Diagnosing behavior and learning problems of students with exceptional education needs. Preparing individual educational and transitional plans based on comprehensive assessments.

Benchmark I Completed

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SPED- 330 Introduction To Communication Disorders (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Nature, causes of and methods used when working with individuals who have speech and language disorders.

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SPED- 336 Early Childhood Special Education Pre-Student Teaching (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Supervised experience in teaching children with exceptionalities. Instructional practices based on knowledge of the child, family, community, and the curriculum.

Prerequisite: take SPED-305

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SPED- 338 Pre-Student Teaching Children/Youth With Disabilities (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Supervised experience in observing, planning instruction, and teaching children and youth with disabilities in a cross-categorical school environment.

Benchmark I Completed

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SPED- 399 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SPED- 400 Workshop: Topics In Special Education (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Current specialized topics studied through experiential activities.

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SPED- 420 Schools, Families And Community Collaboration (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theory, general principles and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among families, professionals, students and other service providers. Focuses on families with children who have disabilities.

Benchmark I Completed

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SPED- 430 Inclusion of Students With Exceptional Needs (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Inclusion of students with exceptional educational needs in the regular classroom setting. Laws, definition, characteristics, adaptations, strategies and transitional services that pertain to persons identified with: cognitive disability, learning disability, attention deficit hyperac tivity disorder, emotional disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, speech and language disorders, visual and hearing loss, physical and other health impairments, and gifted and talented.

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SPED- 440 Diagnosis And Remediation Of Literacy And Math Disabilities (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum, methods, assessment and remediation of teaching reading, math, and language to individuals with mild disabilities. Strategies that assess and evaluate, monitor progress, increase, maintain and generalize skills, facilitate integration, and compensate for learning deficits in the general and special education curricula.

Prerequisites: Benchmark I completion, EDUC-380, EDUC-381, and EDUC-382

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SPED- 447 Emotional And Behavioral Problems Of Children And Adolescents (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Assessment, identification and evaluation of emotional and behavioral disorders of learners middle childhood through adolescence, including methods of observing, diagnosing, documenting and interpreting. Characteristics of emotional and behavioral disabled learners, including potential concomitant physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities and psychological, social and environmental factors contributing to childhood emotional and behavioral disorders.

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SPED- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain experience in business, industry, or other. Normally entails recurring,supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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SPED- 462 Classroom Management Techniques (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Techniques for motivating handicapped youth, individual and group discipline, behavior modification, educational organization, evaluation, and communication to enhance learning.

Benchmark I Completed

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SPED- 471 Introduction to Special Education and Professional Portfolio Development (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Survey of the history of the field, the philosophy of special education, the mission of the field, special education legislation and mandates, issues within the profession, influential organizations, and the basic principles of professional portfolio development.

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SPED- 472 Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A foundation for understanding individuals with Autism spectrum Disorders (ASD) and its effect on the individuals' life and learning, through a comprehensive overview of the history, current literature, and best practices.

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SPED- 473 Behavioral Interventions and Positive Behavior Supports (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and behavioral intervention planning (BIP) for individualized behavior problems for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities in the PK-12 educational setting. Focus on assessment skills to produce data-driven environmental modifications, pro-social replacement behaviors, consequence strategies, and home-school collaboration.

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SPED- 474 Augmentative Communication and Social Skills (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Review current literature in supporting communication and social skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; including best practices in assessment and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication interventions.

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SPED- 475 Assessment and Methodology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Critical review of assessment methods used in the identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Formal and informal assessment results are utilized to create an intervention plan that is responsive to the student's individual needs.

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SPED- 476 Practicum in Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Review of instructional techniques, adaptations, and modifications to develop individualized instruction for students with autism spectrum disorder. Aligning instruction to student learning and behavioral styles and assessment in the general education and special education settings.
Department consent

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SPED- 481 Student Teaching: Special Education (4.00 - 16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Directed special education teaching and community experience in selected off-campus schools.
Department consent

Prerequisites: take SPED-318, SPED-326, and SPED-462

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SPED- 482 Student Teaching Early Childhood-Special Education (4.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Directed teaching and community experiences in selected infant-toddler, preschool, or school based programs for children with disabilities.

Prerequisites: take SPED-320 and SPED-430

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SPED- 488 Intern Teaching: Special Education (16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
An alternative method of obtaining Special Education student teaching experience. Interns receive license to teach and salaried appointment in a cooperating school for one semester.
Department consent

Prerequisites: take SPED-322, SPED=323, SPED-324, SPED-326, and SPED-462

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SPED- 489 Intern Teaching Early Childhood: Special Education (8.00 - 16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Directed teaching and community experiences in selected infant, toddler, preschool, or primary school-based programs for children with disabilities.

Prerequisite: take SPED-320

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SPED- 490 Behavioral Interventions In The Schools (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study and practice in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Planning for individualized behavior problems in the PK-12 education setting using both a direct-service and consultation-collaboration model. Focus on assessment skills to produce data-driven environmental modifications, pro-social replacement behaviors, consequence strategies, and home-school interventions.

Benchmark I Completed

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SPED- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SPED- 500 Introduction To Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to etiology of mental retardation; psychological, educational, social and vocational aspects; adjustment techniques used in working with mentally retarded persons.

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SPED- 501 Learning Disabilities (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Identification, remediation and evaluation of learning disabled; intervention techniques used with adolescents and adults.

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SPED- 505 Early Childhood Inclusion of Students with Exceptional Needs (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
History and purpose of Early Childhood Special Education. Programming; legislation; population receiving services; adaptations; strategies; family intervention; intervention models; inclusion of all students in the natural environment or least restrictive environment.

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SPED- 510 ECSE Methods, Materials and Curriculum (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curricular and methodological adaptation; embedding goals and objectives for young children with exceptional needs in the areas of social-emotional development, motor skills, self-help skills, communication, cognitive development.

Only for students seeking Early Childhood Special Education certification.

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SPED- 515 Early Childhood Special Education Organization and Implementation (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Organization and implementation of Early Childhood Special Education programs. Service delivery; itinerant services; consultation and collaboration; and intervention models.

Prerequisite: take SPED-505; only for students seeking ECSE certification.

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SPED- 520 Early Childhood Special Education Assessment (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Supervised practice in assessment of young children with suspected or identified developmental delays. Standardized and informal assessment instruments for screening; determining eligibility for special needs programming; and progress monitoring of early learning in early childhood children.

Prerequisites: SPED-505, SPED-510, SPED-515, and must be seeking ECSE certification.

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SPED- 522 Curriculum & Instruction: Severe Disabilities (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum and instruction strategies for teaching functional academics, personal/social, vocational, and community living skills to individual with sever and profound disabilities.

Prerequisites: take SPED-500 and SPED-630

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SPED- 523 Mild Disabilities: Social Studies And Science (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum and methods of teaching students with mild cognitive, learning, and emotional/behavioral disabilities in the content areas of social studies, science, and in general education. Strategies that facilitate integration, improve maintenance and generalization of skills, promote transitions, increase self-awareness and self- management, and compensate for learning deficits.

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SPED- 524 Curriculum & Instruction: Career & Transition Education (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum and instruction for persons with cognitive disabilities, borderline and severe, in prevocational career, vocational education, and transition stressing interdisciplinary cooperation.

Prerequisites: take SPED-500 and SPED-630

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SPED- 526 Pre-Student Teaching: Cognitive Disabilities (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Supervised experience in observing, planning instruction, and teaching children and youth with cognitive disabilities in a cross-categorical school environment. Repeatable three times for credit.
Department consent

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SPED- 528 Assessment For Individual Education/ Transition Plans (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Diagnosing behavior and learning problems of students with exceptional education needs. Preparing individual educational and transitional plans based on comprehensive assessments.

Prerequisite: take REHAB-620

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SPED- 530 Introduction To Communication Disorders (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Nature, causes of and methods used when working with individuals who have speech and language disorders.

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SPED- 536 Early ChildhoodSpecial Education Pre-Student Teaching (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Supervised experience in teaching children with exceptionalities. Instructional practices based on knowledge of the child, family, community, and the curriculum.

Prerequisite: take SPED-505. Must be seeking ECSE certification.

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SPED- 538 Pre-Student Teaching: Children And Youth With Disabilities (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Supervised experience in observing, planning instruction, and teaching children and youth with disabilities in a cross-categorical school environment.

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SPED- 600 Workshop: Topics In Special Education (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Current specialized topics studied through experiential activities.

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SPED- 620 Schools, Families And Community Collaboration (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theory, general principles and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among families, professionals, students and other service providers. Focuses on families with children who have disabilities.

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SPED- 630 Inclusion Of Students With Exceptional Needs (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Inclusion of students with exceptional educational needs in the regular classroom setting. Laws, definition, characteristics, adaptations, strategies and transitional services that pertain to persons identified with: cognitive disability, learning disability, attention deficit hyperac tivity disorder, emotional disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, speech and language disorders, visual and hearing loss, physical and other health impairments, and gifted and talented.

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SPED- 640 Diagnosis And Remediation Of Literacy And Math Disabilities (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Curriculum, methods, assessment and remediation of teaching reading, math, and language to individuals with mild disabilities. Strategies that assess and evaluate, monitor progress, increase, maintain and generalize skills, facilitate integration, and compensate for learning deficits in the general and special education curricula.

Prerequisites: take EDUC-580, EDUC-581, and EDUC-582

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SPED- 647 Emotional And Behavioral Problems Of Children And Adolescents (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Assessment, identification and evaluation of emotional and behavioral disorders of learners middle childhood through adolescence, including methods of observing, diagnosing, documenting and interpreting. Characteristics of emotional and behavioral disabled learners, including potential concomitant physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities and psychological, social and environmental factors contributing to childhood emotional and behavioral disorders.

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SPED- 662 Classroom Management Techniques (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Techniques for motivating handicapped youth, individual and group discipline, behavior modification, educational organization, evaluation, and communication to enhance learning.

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SPED- 671 Introduction to Special Education and Professional Portfolio Development (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Survey of the history of the field, the philosophy of special education, the mission of the field, special education legislation and mandates, issues within the profession, influential organizations, and the basic principles of professional portfolio development.

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SPED- 672 Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A foundation for understanding individuals with Autism spectrum Disorders (ASD) and its effect on the individuals' life and learning, through a comprehensive overview of the history, current literature, and best practices.

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SPED- 673 Behavior Interventions and Positive Behavior Supports (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and behavioral intervention planning (BIP) for individualized behavior problems for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities in the PK-12 educational setting. Focus on assessment skills to produce data-driven environmental modifications, pro-social replacement behaviors, consequence strategies, and home-school collaboration.

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SPED- 674 Augmentative Communication and Social Skills (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Review current literature in supporting communication and social skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; including best practices in assessment and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication interventions.

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SPED- 675 Assessment and Methodology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Critical review of assessment methods used in the identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Formal and informal assessment results are utilized to create an intervention plan that is responsive to the student's individual needs.

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SPED- 676 Practicum in Autism Spectrum Disorder (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Review of instructional techniques, adaptations, and modifications to develop individualized instruction for students with autism spectrum disorder. Aligning instruction to student learning and behavioral styles and assessment in the general education and special education settings.
Department consent

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SPED- 681 Student Teaching: Special Education (4.00 - 16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Directed special education teaching and community experience in selected off-campus schools.
Department consent

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SPED- 682 Student Teaching Early Childhood-Special Education (8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Directed teaching and community experiences in selected infant-toddler, preschool, or school based programs for children with disabilities.

Prerequisites: take SPED-520 and SPED-630

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SPED- 689 Intern Teaching Early Childhood: Special Education (8.00 - 16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Directed teaching and community experiences in selected infant, toddler, preschool, or primary school-based programs for children with disabilities.

Prerequisite: take SPED-520

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SPED- 690 Behavioral Interventions In The Schools (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study and practice in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Planning for individualized behavior problems in the PK-12 education setting using both a direct-service and consultation-collaboration model. Focus on assessment skills to produce data-driven environmental modifications, pro-social replacement behaviors, consequence strategies, and home-school interventions.

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SPED- 799 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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