Special Education Graduate Courses

Special Education Courses (SPED)

The courses are all offered online. Participants must have access to high-speed Internet and standard hardware and software operating systems.

  1. 407G Diagnostic Teaching of Math & Practicum
  2. 431G Applied Behavior Analysis
  3. 531 K-8 Mild/Moderate Methods & Practicum
  4. 532 5-12 Mild/Moderate Methods & Practicum
  5. 540 Advanced Internship Instructional Strategist I: K-8
  6. 542 Advanced Internship Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities (MD)
  7. 543 Advanced Internship Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD
  8. 551 Educational Assessment
  9. 560 Consulting in the Schools
  10. 561 Curriculum and Instructional Design
  11. 564 Data Collection for Decision-Making
  12. 564 Data Collection for Decision-Making
  13. 641 Internship: Instructional Strategist I K-8
  14. 642 Internship: Instructional Strategist I 5-12
  15. 642 Internship: Instructional Strategist I 5-12
  16. 644 Assistive Technology
  17. 645 Language Development and Communication Disorders
  18. 660 Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities
  19. 661 Behavior Disorders: Theory and Methods & Practicum
  20. 662 Learning Disabilities: Theory and Methods & Practicum
  21. 665 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  22. 672 Special Education Law
  23. 675 Intellectual Disabilities: Curriculum, Methods and Practicum
  24. 676 Collaborative Partnerships and Transition
  25. 678 Internship: Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities (MD)
  26. 679 Internship: Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD
  27. 878 Survey of Exceptionalities

407G Diagnostic Teaching of Math & Practicum

2 Credits

Creates an understanding of why students with disabilities have difficulties in math. Explores effective methods and materials used when working with students with mild/moderate disabilities.

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431G Applied Behavior Analysis

4 Credits

Focuses on various theoretical approaches for managing student behaviors in special and general education classrooms. Introduces specific interventions for increasing desired behaviors and decreasing undesired behaviors.

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531 K-8 Mild/Moderate Methods & Practicum

2 Credits

Increases participants' understanding of assessment and the use of instructional and management techniques in all academic areas to enhance the learning potential of students who have mild/moderate disabilities.

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532 5-12 Mild/Moderate Methods & Practicum

2 Credits

Increases participants' understanding of assessment and the use of instructional and management techniques in all academic areas to enhance the learning potential of students who have mild/moderate disabilities.

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540 Advanced Internship Instructional Strategist I: K-8

1 Credit

Designed for teachers who are pursuing a second graduate level special education endorsement after successfully completing the Instructional Strategist I: 5-12 or the Instructional Strategist II: ID (MD) or BD/LD internship through Morningside College.

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542 Advanced Internship Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities (MD)

1 Credit

Designed for participants who are pursuing a second graduate level special education endorsement after successfully completing the Instructional Strategist I: K-8 or 5-12 Internship through Morningside College.

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543 Advanced Internship Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD

1 Credit

Designed for participants who are pursuing a second graduate level special education endorsement after successfully completing the Instructional Strategist I: K-8 or 5-12 Internship through Morningside College.

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551 Educational Assessment

4 Credits

Prepares participants to assess students with validity, reliability, and communicate effectively about that assessment in both professional and lay terms.

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560 Consulting in the Schools

3 Credits

Introduces the fundamentals in the consulting process with special emphasis on communicating, interacting and problem-solving. Major emphasis is placed on self-evaluation and reflection of interpersonal qualities that are needed to be an effective consultant.

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561 Curriculum and Instructional Design

3 Credits

Focuses on using a collaborative problem-solving approach, explicit instruction and response to intervention processes to improve the learning rate of students.

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564 Data Collection for Decision-Making

3 Credits

Focuses on developing knowledge and skills required to make defensible decisions necessary in educational settings. Emphasizes current research, best practices and their connection to facilitating data-based decision making.

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564 Data Collection for Decision-Making

3 Credits

Focuses on developing knowledge and skills required to make defensible decisions necessary in educational settings. Emphasizes current research, best practices and their connection to facilitating data-based decision making.

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641 Internship: Instructional Strategist I K-8

3 Credits

Capstone class for the Instructional Strategist I: K-8 Endorsement.

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642 Internship: Instructional Strategist I 5-12

3 Credits

Capstone class for the Instructional Strategist I: 5-12 Endorsement.

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642 Internship: Instructional Strategist I 5-12

3 Credits

Capstone class for the Instructional Strategist I: 5-12 Endorsement.

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644 Assistive Technology

2 Credits

Provides an understanding of assistive technology and implications for its use in the classroom. Many assistive tech resources are explored to ensure all students have access to the curriculum in the general education environment.

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645 Language Development and Communication Disorders

2 Credits

Provides participants with an understanding of typical and atypical language development, as well as methods and interventions to use in the special education classroom.

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660 Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities

4 Credits

Examines foundations and basic concepts related to intellectual disabilities, including history, definitions, assessment, etiology and prevention. Additionally focuses on the levels of needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the lifespan, the family, individual rights, legal issues, supports and community living.

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661 Behavior Disorders: Theory and Methods & Practicum

4 Credits

Focuses on knowledge and skill in strategies for use with students with moderate to severe behavior disorders served in K-12 general and special education programs.

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662 Learning Disabilities: Theory and Methods & Practicum

4 Credits

Focuses on knowledge and skill in strategies for use with students with moderate to severe learning disabilities served in K-12 general and special education programs.

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665 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities

4 Credits

Introduces terminology, basic research findings and current topics of interest in special education related to students with mild and moderate disabilities. Focuses on knowledge needed to serve all learners including those with unique cultural, linguistic backgrounds, as well as a variety of disabilities including mild intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders and emotional and behavioral disorders.

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672 Special Education Law

2 Credits

Examines the current and historical background of pertinent statutory law in special education. Interpretations, clarifications and guiding principles of the requirements of the law are offered in an attempt to remove the ambiguity surrounding the various viewpoints. Focuses on a preventive philosophy, resulting in mandatory requirements being met, and students' needs being addressed without having legal intervention.

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675 Intellectual Disabilities: Curriculum, Methods and Practicum

4 Credits

Equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective with students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. Focuses on curricular issues with an emphasis on the common core state standards as well as strategies for making instruction functional and meaningful for students.

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676 Collaborative Partnerships and Transition

3 Credits

Introduces concepts, issues, and strategies related to providing collaborative services for individuals with disabilities. Includes knowledge of family systems, parent rights, transitional support, advocacy, multi-cultural communication, transition planning, self-determination and interagency collaboration, as well as strategies for working with parents and individuals involved in the educational program in providing appropriate programming and services to students with disabilities.

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678 Internship: Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities (MD)

3 Credits

Capstone class for the Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Disabilities) Endorsement.

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679 Internship: Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD

3 Credits

Capstone class for the Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD Endorsement.

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878 Survey of Exceptionalities

3 Credits

Introduces the learner to special education, in general, and areas of exceptionality, in particular. Designed to be a foundation for the knowledge and skills acquired for all special education endorsements.

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