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Oklahoma State University

Special Education Curriculum

The graduate special education program focuses on preparing general educators to work effectively with P-12 students with mild-moderate disabilities.  Special education teacher candidates engage in instructional activities, field experiences and research projects that help them develop a strong understanding of instructional, assessment, and management strategies that are most effective with students with exceptionalities.  Below is a list of the program courses and descriptions.

SPED 3202 Educating Exceptional Learners. Lab 2. Learning characteristics, needs and problems of educating the exceptional learner in the public schools. Implications of the learning, environmental and cultural characteristics; planning and program assistance available for accommodating the exceptional learner in regular and special education programs; observation of exceptional learners.

SPED 4723 Transition Into Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities. Strategies for preparing youth and young adults with disabilities for transitioning into adulthood.

SPED 5123 Characteristics and Teaching Methods for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Designed to provide a foundation for understanding educational and psychological theory and best practices used in teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Characteristics and diagnostic procedures of ASD will be introduced, as well as such teaching methods as incidental teaching, visual supports, workstations, discrete trial teaching, and social stories.

SPED 5620 Practicum with Exceptional Learners. 1-8 credits, max 8, Lab 1-8. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Supervised individual and group experience with exceptional learners. The particular experience (learning disability, mental retardation, gifted, etc.) determined by the student’s field of specialization.

SPED 5623 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Educational, psychological and physiological characteristics of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities. Professional roles of the teacher, professional ethics, and assessment of children with disabilities.

SPED 5633  Behavior Characteristics of Exceptional Individuals. Individual differences and problems that exceptional individuals experience. Educational programs and resources available to assist administrators, teachers and parents in dealing with unique individual needs.

SPED 5673 Improving Literacy Skills of Individuals with Disabilities. Normal language development and variations from norms demonstrated by exceptional learner. Assessment techniques and intervention strategies appropriate for exceptional infants and children; theoretical approaches to language training, formal and informal; assessment techniques and techniques for exceptional individuals.

SPED 5683 Models of Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom. Current techniques, models and approaches used to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities and the theoretical bases for these techniques and approaches in inclusive classrooms. Professional roles of the teacher of students with mild and moderate disabilities, including communication with other teachers.

SPED 5743 Planning and Instruction in Special Education. Knowledge and skills related to research-based, validated "best" practices for determining curriculum and implementing instruction for students with exceptionalities.

SPED 5783 Assessing Students with Disabilities. The practice and practicality of the assessment process used in schools for students with disabilities.

SPED 5883 Classroom and Behavior Management. Classroom and behavior management strategies designed to improve learning and behavior within instructional settings.

SPED 5993 Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education. Examination of the influence of ethnic, socioeconomic class, and gender factors on students with disabilities. Ethnographic inquiry through Service-Learning field placements for understanding cultural diversity and special education. Teaching attitudes and expectations, and curricular and instructional strategies for improving students’ school performance.

SPED 6603 Current Trends and Issues in Special Education. Current research and literature regarding the education of exceptional children.

SPED 6743 Single Subject Design in Special Education. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Conduct research utilizing single subject and single case study design with emphasis on special education. Advanced procedures in single subject research methodology, including design strategies and experimental control are emphasized.