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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 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 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 527A: Management of Children with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders: 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 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 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 599: Teaching Internship in ESE
Provides the graduate ESE intern teacher with practical school-site teaching experiences under the supervision of a certified teacher and University personnel. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA.

ESE 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 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 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 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 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.

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