Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

EDEX - Special Education

EDEX 3001 Field Placement I

This supervised experience involves placement in a P-12 setting with students with high incidence disabilities with access to the general education curriculum. The field experience provides teacher education candidates the opportunity to accomplish field-based requirements of program coursework and demonstrate growth towards mastery of program standards.

1 - 9

EDEX 3002 Field Placement II

This supervised experience involves placement in a P-12 setting with students with high incidence disabilities with access to the general education curriculum. The field experience provides teacher education candidates the opportunity to accomplish field-based requirements of program coursework and demonstrate growth towards mastery of program standards.

1 - 9

EDEX 3110 Foundations in Special Educat

This foundational course explores law relevant to special education, examines the nature and characteristics of disabilities, and introduces a response to intervention model for identifying and serving students with disabilities. This course meets state requirements of Georgia House Bill 671.

3

EDEX 3170 Culture, Ident & Divers-Teach

This course familiarizes teacher candidates with cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, disability, and language differences they can expect to encounter in the classroom and in working with families. Additionally, this course asks pre-service teachers to explore and critique their own cultural identities, to investigate how their lenses are similar to, or different from those of their students as they begin to critically examine power, privilege, and marginalization in schools.

3

EDEX 3200 Foundations in Special Edu II

Prerequisite: EDEX 3110. Focus on the nature and characteristics of students with mild disabilities on general curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the educational implications of the characteristics and the development of appropriate individualized education plans to address student needs.

3

EDEX 3210 FB Except Ind in the Reg Clsrm

3

EDEX 3220 Legal Issues in Special Ed

Legal issues as they relate to school based populations with disabilities are explored in conjunction with field placement classes.

3

EDEX 3269 Supp Lang & Comm-Diverse Learn

This course is an introduction to language needs in school age children with disabilities. The course explores the impact of culture and disability on language, the correlation between oral language and literacy, and collaborative approaches to service delivery. Express attention is given to assessment of language needs and evidence-based interventions within a response to intervention framework.

3

EDEX 3501 Literacy Strategies

Prerequisite: EDRD 3500. The central purpose of this course is to teach special education teacher candidates to select, examine, develop, and practice the application of research based interventions in content area reading and writing.

3

EDEX 4000 Prof Dispositions in Spec Ed

Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd semester in cohort. This course will provide students with the skills they need to develop ethics and professional dispositions required of a special education teacher.

1

EDEX 4001 Field Placement III

This supervised experience involves placement in a P-12 setting with students with high incidence disabilities with access to the general education curriculum. The field experience provides teacher education candidates the opportunity to accomplish field-based requirements of program coursework and demonstrate growth towards mastery of program standards.

1 - 9

EDEX 4123 Inst Strat & Proc-Mild Disabil

This course focuses on evidence-based instructional practices supportive of students with mild disabilities. Emphasis is placed on strategies and procedures for implementation.

3

EDEX 4124 Instr & Curr Plan-Mild Disabil

This course focuses on curricular planning and integration of strategies within curriculum to support and differentiate instruction for learners with mild disabilities.

3

EDEX 4223 Inclus & Collab Teach Spcl Edu

This course explores the philosophies, policies, and practices of inclusive education and collaborative teaching, with emphasis on teaching students with disabilities. Teacher candidates will be introduced to methods for effective co-planning and co-teaching, to state learning standards, and to basic principles for curriculum planning.

3

EDEX 4275 Individ & Classroom Management

The course is designed to promote skill development in evidence-based management strategies and interventions for individuals and groups of students across a variety of learning environments. Participants will develop an ability to discern individual and group dynamics to create a leaning environment that encourages positive social interactions, active engagement in learning, and self-management. A case study approach will be used to promote reflection, evaluation, synthesis, and application of principles learned.

3

EDEX 4276 Educational Assessment & Eval

An introduction to the assessment of students with disabilities using curriculum-based assessments, criterion-referenced assessment, and norm-referenced tests. Teacher candidates are required to administer, score, and interpret measures. Emphasis is on interpretation of assessment information for instructional decisions and Individualized Education Program development.

3

EDEX 4334 Teachers as Leaders

Course targets skills for teachers to lead in intervention and assessment decision-making by connecting theory and EBP. Teacher candidates will develop skills to evaluate student learning, identify evidence-based interventions to address student learning difficulties, collect data, make data-based decisions regarding instruction, and communicate effectively with fellow teachers, parents, and administrators within the response to intervention model.

3

EDEX 4494 Capstone Experience in Spec Ed

This culmination course requires demonstration of candidate accomplishment of knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for initial certification of special educators. Electronic standards-based portfolio submission and formal presentation to faculty are required. Additional capstone activities address preparation for employment searches and engagement in professional organization activities.

3 - 6

EDEX 4950 Special Topics

Readings, projects, or applied research in special education. Subject matter varies and must be approved by Department Chair. This course is repeatable for credit.

1 - 9

EDEX 4960 Student Teaching Internship

This supervised experience involves placement in a P-12 setting with students with high incidence disabilities with access to the general education curriculum. Extended full-time teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. A course fee is required for student teaching for the purpose of providing host teacher stipends.

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