Special Education Curriculum

Curriculum And Instruction Core (15)

EDU 707 - Curriculum: Theory & Research (3)

This course provides theories of curriculum organization and a survey of curriculum research focusing on historical patterns of curriculum development and current curriculum trends. It requires students to analyze and interpret educational literature, especially the social contexts of schooling and society's influences on curriculum development.

EDU 713 - Advanced Theories And Models Of Instruction (3)

This course will focus on theories of instruction and research integral to the learning process. The thought process, i.e., cognition, human relations, group dynamics, creativity, brain development and research and other topics related to the development of instructional theory and practice will be explored.

EDU 724 - Leadership For Change In Curriculum (3)

  1. Curriculum Evaluation and Research
  2. Early and Middle Childhood Education
  3. Reading, Literacy and Cognition
  4. TESOL
  5. Special Education

Surveys models for facilitating change and the leadership roles used in the curriculum development process.

EDU 728 - Curriculum Evaluation (3)

This course enables graduate level students to develop skills and strategies necessary for curriculum evaluation and improvement of ongoing programs. Included will be a historical review of evaluation in curriculum and an analysis of approaches to curriculum evaluation, both traditional and innovative. This graduate-level course prepares students for evaluation positions in the social and behavioral sciences.

EDU 736 - Research And Policy Trends (3)

  1. Curriculum Evaluation and Research
  2. Early and Middle Childhood Education
  3. Reading, Literacy and Cognition
  4. TESOL
  5. Special Education

This course explores a range of contemporary issues, research studies, and policy decisions that affect learners in public and private school systems in the United States. The role of qualitative and quantitative research in education, and the subsequent impact of research on policies and practices that impact educators will be examined. Students will be asked to locate, analyze, and critique current research studies and trends relevant to the P-12 classroom. Practitioner generated research and teachers' application of research findings will also be explored. Prerequisite: HSE 703, Philosophy of Science and Theory Development.

EDU 775 - Doctoral Seminar In Curriculum: Special Topics, Issues, And Scholarship (3)

Special Education
Specialization Core (15)

ESE 770 - School Law and the Exceptional Education Student

Designed to provide in-depth information about the laws pertaining to exceptional student education and their appropriate application. Students become familiar with the necessary competencies in dealing with federal and state laws as they pertain to persons with disabilities.

ESE 775 - Seminar in ESE: Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Emotional Handicaps, or Giftedness

Focuses on advanced theory and research in exceptional student education. Investigates advanced work in social and psychological research about persons with learning disabilities and/or mental retardation and/or emotional handicaps, and/or giftedness. Students focus on advanced theory and research in their area of expertise.

ESE 785 - Future Trends and Issues in Exceptional Student Education

Explores and analyzes divergent perspectives about current and future trends and issues in Exceptional Student Education, including innovative programs, inclusion, placement, labeling, future funding, and controversial issues with regard to the effectiveness of Special Education.

ESE 789 - Conducting Empirical Studies in Special Education

Provides students with opportunities to conduct empirical research by examining and comparing content, interpretation, and utilization of Exceptional Student Education/Special Education research, including single subject designs. Required by all PhD students in Leadership and Education with a Specialization in Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Prerequisites: ESE 770, ESE 785, HSE 703, HSE 705, and HSE 707.

ESE 795 - Administration and Supervision of Exceptional Student Education Programs

Designed to develop knowledge and mastery of competencies necessary in special education administration. Focuses on the administrative roles in the organization and operation of exceptional education programs as well as management issues in the delivery of effective programs, while emphasizing the administrator's ability to work in inclusive settings.

ESE Electives (3)

  • Methods – an ESE Assessment course
  • Methods – an ESE Curriculum Design course
  • Methods – an ESE Pedagogical Strategies course
  • Methods – an ESE Behavior Modification course

Research Foundations (15)

HSE 703 - Philosophy of Science and Theory Development

A critical analysis of philosophy of science and epistemology as applicable to theory development in the human science disciplines.

HSE 705 - Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

A critical analysis of qualitative methods of inquiry for the human sciences to facilitate the understanding of the aims, processes, and outcomes of these methods. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HSE 706 - Advanced Qualitative Methods

Seminar discussions of qualitative readings to facilitate an advanced understanding of the qualitative perspective in nursing, education, and social work research. This course is specifically designed to assist students in particular methods for research and practice implications. In depth analysis distinguishes this course from first qualitative course. Prerequisite: HSE 705.

HSE 707 - Quantitative Methods of Inquiry

Examines advanced competencies to conceptualize, design, execute, analyze, report and publish quantitative research that delivers new and useful knowledge. Balances its presentations of research theory and computer-based tools with applications to world problems. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HSE 708 - Advanced Quantitative Methods

Builds on principles of measurement, design and sampling presented in HSE 707. Students learn to code, organize, reduce, and analyze quantitative data, and to interpret and report results. Emphasis on a variety of common statistical procedures, the assumptions underlying each, and the criteria for selecting them. Prerequisite: HSE 707.

EDU 701 - Advanced Study in Education Research: Quasi-Experimental Design & Analysis

Offers opportunities to pursue a research project with the guidance of an advisor in areas of special interest to the student; approval of program advisor required.

Dissertation (6)

  • ADL 798 - Dissertation Seminar

  • ADL 799 - Dissertation

  • ADL 800 - Continuous Enrollment