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Exceptional Student Education Course Descriptions

EDR 601: Methodology of Research
Explores major research designs and methods emphasizing underlying assumptions, inquiry aims, participant selection, data collection and analysis, interpretation of findings, conclusions, and reporting.

ESE 510: Educational Management of Students with Exceptionalities
Analyzes the various forms of classroom organization, behavior management, and communication skills appropriate for managing the spectrum of students with exceptionalities. Supervised experience required.

ESE 511: Speech Correction for Children
Evaluates functional and organic speech deviations and the possible psychological implications in society with a view toward easy and early recognition of a child’s possible speech disorder.

ESE 512: Theories and Research in Learning Disabilities
Examines theories in reading and related learning disabilities through physiological, psychological, and sensory correlates. Includes an investigation of recent research conducted in relation to success and failure in teaching the child with reading and related learning disabilities.

ESE 513: Sign Language I
Explores the historical development of manual communication, studies the relationship between manually coded English and American Sign Language, deaf culture, and the implementation of signs in a variety of settings. Eight hours of field experience; minimum of 8 hours language lab required.

ESE 514: Transition: Teaching Social, Personal and Work Skills to Students with Exceptionalities
Evaluates special needs of students with exceptionalities in the areas of employability skills, career awareness and transition planning for adult living. Field experience required.

ESE 516: Curriculum and Instructional Material for Students with Learning Disabilities
Analyzes and applies specific teaching methods and curriculum materials for individualizing remedial instruction for pupils with reading and related learning disabilities. Includes classroom management skills.

ESE 518: Educating Special Gifted Populations
Examines the education of special gifted populations including, but not limited to culturally and/or linguistically diverse students, highly gifted, children from low socio-economic status families and students with disabilities to include student characteristics and programmatic adaptations.

ESE 520: Instructional Strategies for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders
Examines and evaluates instructional strategies for students with educable, trainable and profound mental retardation based on the development, implementation, and evaluation of individualized education plans. Supervised field experience required.

ESE 521: Physiology of Hearing and Speech Mechanisms
Examines the physics of sound, anatomy of the speech/hearing mechanisms. Provides an overview of audiometric testing, assistive listening devices, and classroom acoustics. Eight hours of field experience required.

ESE 522: Guidance and Counseling of Gifted Students
Focuses on the guidance and counseling of children with gifts and talents, including special personality needs and strategies for intervention.

ESE 523: Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Introduces the student to the characteristics and special needs of children with gifts and talents. The unique nature and nurture situations in the development of the gifted child are discussed.

ESE 524: Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning and Mild Disabilities
Surveys instructional techniques for teaching children with learning disabilities and mild mental retardation, including specialized approaches in basic skills and adaptation of curriculum materials. Supervised field experience required.

ESE 525: Theories and Research of Students with Emotional Handicaps
Examines the nature and needs of students with emotional handicaps to include etiology, prevention, and intervention, as well as use of community resources.

ESE 526: Educational Programming for Students with Emotional Handicaps
Appraises the curriculum and program for students with emotional handicaps. Programs for the child with multiple disabilities with dominant emotional problems will be evaluated. The individual program as it affects the group curriculum will be analyzed. Supervised field experience.

ESE 527: Classroom Management for Children with Emotional Handicaps
Compares various classroom management techniques and specific situations within the classroom involving the management of children with emotional handicaps.

ESE 527A: Management of Children with Emotional Handicaps: Focus on Autism
This course compares various behavioral management techniques appropriate for children with autism and children with emotional handicaps. A minimum of eight (8) hours of field experience required.

ESE 528: Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
Surveys instructional strategies for teaching students who are identified as having emotional handicaps, including instructional techniques, motivational strategies, development, implementation, and evaluation of individualized education plans as well as data base management. Supervised field experience required.

ESE 529: Education of Students with Hearing Impairments
Introduces the student to an overview of different language development techniques for the hearing impaired child beginning with normal language development. It also covers the social and psychological elements influencing the child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

ESE 530: Education of Children with Visual Disabilities
Examines the population defined as blind or partially sighted. It is directed at those aspects of behavior that are affected by loss of vision and appropriate delivery systems of educational or rehabilitation services.

ESE 531: The Young Handicapped Child: Part I
Focuses on the development of young children with disabilities; the normal development as well as genetic and environmental handicapping conditions will be studied.

ESE 532: The Young Handicapped Child: Part II
Focuses on the cognitive and social development of the young child with disabilities. Information on language disorders, visual, and hearing impairments will be studied.

ESE 533: Sign Language II
Examines the linguistic structure of American Sign Language and the nature of bilingualism (i.e., English/manual communication) within the deaf community. Students demonstrate a clear understanding between manually coded English and American Sign Language. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sign Language I ESE 513. Eight hours field experience; a minimum of hours of language lab.

ESE 534: Theory and Development of Creativity
Examines theory and development of creativity to include elements of creativity such as fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.

ESE 535: Educational Procedures and Curriculum for Students with Gifts and Talents
Analyzes the procedures, curriculum, and specific teaching models for gifted children. An emphasis on individual and group needs through curriculum and materials will be introduced.

ESE 536: Literacy for the Hearing Impaired
Examines current theories of language acquisition of typical and atypical children; examines strategies for teaching reading, writing, and language acquisition to hearing impaired students; provides an overview of materials, administration, and interpretation of assessment instruments. An eight hour field experience is required.

ESE 539: Sign Language III
Examines curricular vocabulary and its use in manually coded English and American Sign Language. Provides an opportunity to expand signing skills in social and academic settings. Prerequisite: Sign Language II ESE 533. Eight hours field experience required.

ESE 540: Foundations of Individuals with Mental Handicaps
Examines the biological, psychological, and social foundations of mental deficiency, with emphasis on the need for educating the community to greater understanding and increased provision for children and adults with mental disabilities.

ESE 570: Introduction to Children with Exceptionalities
Presents an overview of the physical, mental, emotional, and social exceptionalities in children and their educational and social implications. Field experience required.

ESE 570P: Introduction to Children with Exceptionalities (Pre-K/3)
Presents an overview of the physical, mental, emotional, and social exceptionalities in young children age three through grade three and their educational and social implications.

ESE 571: Speech for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Examines speech development of typical and atypical children; studies how impaired hearing effects articulation, fluency, and rhythm; provides students with opportunities to administer and interpret speech assessments for children birth to five years. Eight hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: ESE 536 Literacy for the Hearing Impaired.

ESE 573: Teaching of Students with Mental Disorders
Appraises the objectives, methods, materials, and curriculum content in arithmetic, science, and social studies for students who are educable and trainable mentally disabled.

ESE 578: The Child with Learning Disabilities
The causes of learning disabilities and how they affect children in their social, emotional and intellectual development. Practical experiences in the study of how children learn control of movement, language, and thought are provided.

ESE 581: Learning Strategies for Exceptional Student Education
Focuses on the specific procedures and organizational techniques which enable teachers to implement learning strategies and intervention instruction for teaching students with exceptionalities. The strategies focus on principles and techniques which enable students with disabilities to learn, to solve problems, and to complete tasks independently.

ESE 583: Educational Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities
Proposes educational assessment techniques and procedures to provide an objective data base for individualizing instruction for children with exceptionalities. Field experience required.

ESE 583A: Educational Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities: Focus on Autism
Proposes educational assessment techniques and procedures to provide an objective data base for individualizing instruction for children with exceptionalities. A major emphasis is placed on exploring assessment and diagnosis of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A minimum of eight (8) hours of field experience required.

ESE 616: Assessment and Intervention in Preschool Special Education
Selects assessment instruments useful in the evaluation of infants and young children. The need to develop interdisciplinary teams for assessment and intervention will be discussed.

ESE 620: Working with Families and Communities in Preschool Special Education
Focuses on the various environments in which the exceptional infant and child must function. In addition to the home, school, and community, available resources and referral agencies must be included to aid the child and the family.

ESE 638: Educational Management of Students with Mental Handicaps
Surveys the education, management, and curriculum for individuals with mental disabilities with emphasis on individual as well as classroom management techniques.

ESE 643: Evaluation of Children with Learning Disabilities
Evaluates the instructional diagnosis of the child with learning disabilities with formal and informal diagnostic procedures used to determine causes and nature of learning disabilities. Specific recommendations for individual education programs to ameliorate learning problems in home, school, and community will be discussed.

ESE 650: Knowledge and Utilization of Research
Provides students with opportunities to examine and compare the content, interpretation, and utilization of Exceptional Student Education research, including single subject and action research.

ESE 655: Issues in Educating the Preschool Special Education Child
Focuses on issues surrounding the Pre-K child with disabilities. These issues will include the need for multi-disciplinary education which facilitates provisions for appropriate services, support for the already approved federal and state legislation and strategies for helping young children develop self-enhancing behaviors.

ESE 660: School Law and the Exceptional Student Education Student
Familiarizes students with the necessary competencies in dealing with federal, state and local laws as they pertain to Exceptional Student Education. Current application of these laws will be reviewed.

665: Collaborative Consultation and Inclusive Practices in ESE
ESE Concentrates on current programming practices and the development of appropriate learning environments for students with disabilities, including all resources within the continuum of services beyond the classroom. The different models, trends, and issues related to collaboration, inclusion, diversity, and mentoring of students with exceptionalities are explored.

ESE 670: Advanced Behavioral Management of the Exceptional Education Child
Provides training in the assessment of behavioral problems and in offering suggestions for the development of appropriate management procedures to other professionals. Additionally, the course will focus on developing an Individualized Education Plan which incorporates behavior-modification goals and assessment.

ESE 673: Nature and Needs of Students with Autism
Explores the history of autism, as well as neurological, cognitive, and environmental theories. Focuses on the educational characteristics of students with autism and related disabilities (i.e., Autistic Spectrum Disorders - ASD). Describes the social interaction, social communication, and imagination impairments of students with autism. Presents issues of identification and referral to special education. A minimum of eight (8) hours field experience required.

ESE 675: Seminar for the Specialist in Exceptional Student Education
Affords opportunities for students to explore the specific exceptionality area(s) students need.

ESE 678: Technology Application in Exceptional Student Education
Prepares Exceptional Student Education teachers to use the unique strength of computers for diagnostic remediation and record-keeping in the remedial education environment.

ESE 683: Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism: Technological and Communication Interventions
Surveys strategies appropriate for students with Autism, particularly the use of assistive and instructional technology, as well as natural, alternative and augmentative communication systems. A minimum of eight (8) hours field experience required.

ESE 685: Future Trends and Issues in Exceptional Student Education
Explores and analyzes future trends and issues in Exceptional Student Education, including innovative programs involving decision-making, mainstreaming, training for vocational opportunities, placements, middle schools, future funding, and controversial issues with regard to the administration and supervision of Exceptional Student Education programs.

ESE 690: Curriculum Design in Exceptional Student Education
Examines and evaluates curriculum models, including the administration of instructional systems and curriculum materials necessary for students with disabilities. Appropriate curriculum designs, based on federal laws, appropriation, staffing and Individualized Education programs will be explored. This course provides foundational information and competencies regarding the nature and needs of students with mild disabilities. Field experience required.

ESE 695: Administration and Supervision of Exceptional Student Education Programs
Focuses on the problem-solving skills necessary to integrate legislative decisions with real life situations affecting the exceptional student. Emphasis is given to developing the administrator’s ability to handle situations which arise while supervising the preparation or implementation of Individualized Education Plans, providing due process with the laws, providing for parental involvement in educational planning and documenting mandated procedures.

ESE 699: Practicum in Exceptional Student Education
Applies knowledge, strategies, and skills relevant to exceptional students in the classroom. Field-based experience under the supervision of a University instructor.

ESE 700: Continuous Enrollment (1)
Continuous Enrollment is required every Fall and Spring semester and is optional every Summer until an “IP” (In Progress) grade has been converted to a letter grade.

ESE 708: (EDU) Directed Research
Investigates a significant problem in education with an emphasis in the student’s area of specialization culminating in a project describing the research. Prerequisite: EDU 601 or ESE 650 (as determined by the Program Director).

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