Special Education and Reading

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TAMURA, RONALD B., Associate Professor and Chairperson
EREN, RUTH B., Professor
MERCURIO, MIA, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in Special Education
RANDALL, REGINE, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in Reading
BEAN, KIMBERLY, Assistant Professor
FARACLAS, KARA, Assistant Professor
GROSKREUTZ, MARK, Associate Professor
KIARIE, MARY W, Associate Professor
LOPEZ-VELASQUEZ, ANGELA, Assistant Professor
OLSHIN, GEORGE M., Professor
RAYNOLDS, LAURA, Associate Professor
SHAW, LOUISE, Assistant Professor
SPEAR-SWERLING, LOUISE, Professor
TAYLOR-ROSCOW, MARAVENE T., Professor
TERPSTRA, JUDITH E., Associate Professor
WEI, YAN, Assistant Professor

IDS 562 - Child Abuse: An American Problem

The concerns and issues of child abuse and how to assist abused children and their families. Scheduled fall of odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 501 - Special Education Law, Policy & Law

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

RDG 517 - Content Area Literacy and Secondary Reading Instruction in Middle and High Schools

Provides an overview of content area literacy and developmentally appropriate reading instruction at middle and high school levels focusing on efficient reading, writing, and study strategies with diverse populations. Incorporates instructional technology and is required for secondary content area certification. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 520 - Fundamentals of Language and Literacy

Basics of oral and written language systems: Phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Emphasizes implications for understanding stages of literacy development and literacy acquisition in typical and diverse learners. Includes models of reading. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 565 - Content Area Literacy and Reading/Language Arts Instruction in Middle and High Schools

An overview of the reading and language arts program at the middle and high school Levels; integration of discipline-specific and efficient reading, writing and study strategies across the curriculum with diverse populations. Use of instructional technology. Typically scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 566 - Developmental Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School

An overview of the elementary reading and language arts program focusing on current theories, practices, and materials. Includes historical trends in reading instruction, multicultural perspectives, and technological innovations. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 567 - Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation in Reading and Language Arts

Programs Methods of evaluating performance using a variety of tests and other assessment tools. Introduction of basic measurement concepts. Consideration of language, culture, and special needs. Use of technology in assessment and reporting. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 520, RDG 565, RDG 566, and RDG 585.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 568 - Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading and Language Arts Difficulties

Individual diagnostic evaluation of difficulties in reading and writing. Use of formal and informal assessment tools appropriate for students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Guided preparation of a case study report. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 567.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 570 - Literacy Interventions for Struggling Readers and Writers

Theory and practice of literacy interventions for students experiencing moderate to severe literacy difficulties, including dyslexia. Meeting the needs of students, including diverse learners, with data-driven, research-based and evidence-based interventions. Use of technology in intervention is explored. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): RDG 568.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 585 - Writing Instruction in the Reading and Language Arts Program

Connects reading and writing at the elementary through secondary levels. Develops the writing skills of all students, including learners with special needs. Includes technological applications to the writing process and evaluation of writing using formal and informal measures. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 600 - Independent Study

Independent Study in Reading.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2013

RDG 649 - Diversity in Literacy

An in-depth understanding of the literacy challenges faced by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students is gained. Issues related to distinguishing language differences from language-based reading disabilities in CLD reading and writing will be examined. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 659 - Practicum in Remedial Reading and Language Arts

Provides a supervised clinical experience developing and implementing a data-driven, research-based literacy intervention for struggling literacy learners. Technology use in intervention is considered. Typically scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 568, RDG 570 and departmental permiss ion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 662 - Developing and Leading the School Literacy Program

The first of two courses in leadership skills for the Reading and Language Arts Consultant which emphasize developing, organizing, administering and supervising effective school wide literacy programs K-12. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 659.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 665 - Practicum and Seminar in Reading and Language ArtsResearch

Understanding reading and language arts research and the application of evidence-based practice in an action research practicum and seminar. Students learn basic research principles, review educational research on effective literacy practice, and are supervised in designing and implementing an action research project in a school setting. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 659. 

1.5 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

RDG 672 - Designing and Implementing the School Literacy Intervention Program

Focuses on planning instruction for K-12 students in the school reading and language arts program who are experiencing difficulties in literacy development. Addresses the special needs of diverse learners. Use of technology to support the remedial reading and remedial language arts program. Scheduled fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 659. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

RDG 676 - Practicum in Developing and Leading the School Literacy Program

The second of two courses in leadership for the Reading and Language Arts Consultant. A site based practicum in which students apply principles of instructional programming, the change process, coaching, and professional development. Course also includes planning and participating in the annual SCSU Literacy Conference. Scheduled spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 662.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 501 - Special Education Law, Policy and Ethics

Study of the impact of law, policy and ethics on the role of special educators and related service providers.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

SED 506 - Educating Students with Intellectual and Other

Developmental Disabilities Course focuses on program planning in view of both the recent national and state policies and the evolving perspectives with regard to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Among topics discussed are: History and definitions, identification and placement, instructional strategies and technology, state and federal requirements, curriculum content, and current best practices. Typically offered in spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only or department perm ission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SED 512 - Curriculum Methods and Materials for Students with Autism Spectrum

Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Provides curriculum, methods and strategies to address challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Students review a child's disabilities and obtain current knowledge about existing, evidencebased strategies. Typically offered spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 520. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 514 - Transition within Disability Services

Dealing with other professionals, participating in and leading interdisciplinary teams, and developing community resources. Typically offered spring and fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 516 - Field Studies in Special Education

Clinical practices in agencies, institutions, and independent living facilities. Graduate educators only. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

SED 517 - Introduction to Adaptive Technology

An overview of hardware and software for students with learning, cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities. Focuses on accessing and adapting computers, technology integration, and methods for collaborating with related services professionals. Typically offered spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 225 or SED 481 or SED 482 and SED 335 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 519 - Clinical Practices in Developmental Disabilities

Supervised experience in planning and implementing instruction for students with developmental disabilities.Typically offered summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 325 and departmental permission.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 520 - Nature and Needs of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Development Disabilities

Other Developmental Disabilities Overview of autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities, including definitions, origins and characteristics. IDEA requirements and legal issues as well as the roles and responsibilities of families in the educational process will be addressed. Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 523 - Assessment and Intervention for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Overview of evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies for students with emotional and behavioral disorder using a developmental framework that considers individual and contextual characteristics, including risk and protective factors.

Prerequisite(s): SED 375 or equivalent. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 524 - Problems in Education of Children with Serious Emotional Disabilities

The use of transactional analysis, gestalt and reality therapy with classroom application for socially and emotionally maladjusted youngsters. Includes techniques for counseling parents of special children. Typically offered fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

SED 525 - Curriculum and Instructional Methods for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Research-based programing with focus on curriculum and instructional strategies to improve academic and social-emotional competencies of students with emotional and behavioral disorders at school, home and community environments.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 526 - Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Examination of contemporary issues in the education of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, including theory, policy, research and practice.

Prerequisite(s): SED 523 and SED 525. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 527 - Positive Behavior Support for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Development of positive behavior support plans based on principles of behavior, functional analysis and policies regarding disciplinary procedures. Emphasis on collaboration, positive and culturally responsive learning environments and data collection methods.

3 to 4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 529 - Clinical Practices with Students with Emotional disorders.

Supervised experience in assessment and instruction of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Prerequisite(s): SED 375 and departmental permission. 

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 530 - Approaches to Learning Disabilities: Issues and Research

Cause, identification, diagnosis, and remediation. Research evidence on effectiveness of different diagnostic and remediation approaches. Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 535 - Programming for Learning Disabilities: Middle School and Secondary Level

Techniques for advanced academic skills, vocational and career education considerations, and delivery of services.Typically offered fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 365, SED 435. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 536 - Diagnostic Testing and Reporting in Learning Disabilities

Understanding and application of basic measurement concepts used to plan a total educational program for a child.Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 365, SED 435, SED 530, SED 535 or SED 554 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 537 - Seminar in Learning Disabilities

Synthesis and integration of theoretical and practical aspects of the field, historical perspectives and examination of issues and research. Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 530 (may be taken concurrently). 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 539 - Clinical Practices in Learning Disabilities

Supervised experience in teaching learning disabled children in both clinical and public school settings. Scheduled summer semesters. Typically offered summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 365, SED 435 and departmental permiss ion.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 550 - Early Childhood and Developmental Differences

Child development theory related to developmentally and individually appropriate practice and model program development; evidence-based practices relevant to promoting young children’s growth in key developmental areas. Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 225, SED 481 or equivalent.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 551 - Parent—Professional Relationships

Legal, ethical and practical aspects of working with families to support the development of children with special needs. Family systems theory, cultural awareness, and communication skills as they relate to working effectively with families. Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 552 - Evaluation and Service Delivery in Early Childhood

Developmental and educational assessment and program planning for infants and toddlers. Methods for facilitating development through play, instructional and environmental adaptations, and individualized planning. Assignments involving observations of infants and toddlers required. Typically offered fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 550.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 553 - Assessment and Intervention in Early Childhood

Methods for facilitating development through play, instructional and environmental adaptations, and individualized planning. Assignments will require observations of preschool children in a group setting. Typically offered spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 550 and SED 552 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 554 - The At-Risk Child in the Early Elementary Grades

Assessment Selection and use of instructional procedures and materials for cognitive and social growth in young disabled and/or “at risk” children (ages 5-8). Typically offered fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 558 - The Early Childhood Special Education Teacher as Team Facilitator

A study of the teacher’s role as member and/or facilitator of an ECSED transdisciplinary team. A didactic and experiential format will be used. Typically offered summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 550, SED 551, SED 552, and SED 553 an d departmental permission. Co-requisite: SED 559.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 559 - Clinical Practice in Early Childhood Special Education

Supervised experience in planning, conducting, and evaluating educational experiences for young children with special needs.Typically offered summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 550, SED 551, SED 552, SED 553 and de partmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 560 - Planning for Individuals with Special Needs

A broad overview of special education as related to general education and other specialized areas such as psychological services, counseling, physical education, and reading. Graduate Educateurs only. (formerly SED 510). Typically offered in alternating fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 575 - Healing, Education, Laughter and Play

Exploration of the roles of humor, creativity and healing in education and related fields. In a combination of lectures and group activities, a variety of nationally acclaimed speakers will share their expertise. Typically offered summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 593 - Adaptive Technology for Reading and Writing

Explores how hardware and software can enable students with reading and writing disabilities to achieve educational goals. Techniques for using computers in the learning process examined, with hands-on experience in the Adaptive Technology Lab. Typically offered fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 517 and SED 530 or departmental permi ssion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 594 - Adaptive Technology for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities

Software options to address the learning needs of students with a variety of disabilities and curriculum levels will be examined, explored and evaluated in this hands-on class. Students learn to customize software for individual students. Typically offered fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 517 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 595 - Adaptive Technology Assessment

This is a case study approach to choosing the most appropriate technology options for students of all ages with a variety of disabilities. Integrating the technology into the classroom setting will be emphasized. Typically offered spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 517, SED 593 and/or SED 594 or depart mental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 596 - Clinical Practice in Adaptive Technology

Supervised practice in adaptive technology assessment and training for students with disabilities. Typically offered summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 517, SED 593, SED 594, SED 595 and de partmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 599 - Special Topics

Special Topics in Special Education. (Topics vary)

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 600 - Directed Study and Research

Solving particular problems in communities through a supervised independent study relevant to the education of all exceptional children. The master’s thesis may not be written in connection with this course. Typically offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 605 - Administration and Supervision of Programs for Individuals with Special Needs

Needs Techniques for school administrators and supervisors in Planning and Placement and Due Process procedures. Characteristics of and programming for exceptional students, legislation and funding; education of all students in inclusionary settings meets state requirement for special education course for administrators. Typically offered spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 610 - Applied Behavioral Analysis in Educational Settings

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is an approach to teaching founded on the science of behavior. Focuses on appropriate use of effective ABA strategies to help students achieve success in school settings. Typically offered fall semesters only.

Prerequisite(s): SED 375 or CSP 574 or equivalent and depa rtmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 611 - Inclusion Strategies for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Techniques and strategies that focus on inclusion for students with developmental disabilities in the general education setting. Typically scheduled spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SED 620 - The Adolescent with Serious Emotional Disabilities

The characteristics and needs of the socially and emotionally handicapped adolescent, and issues in educational programming. Typically offered fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SED 523. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

SED 621 - Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills in Education

Collaboration skills for working with school staff and parents in providing services for special needs students. Focus on communication, teamwork, group processes, co-teaching, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Open to Master’s and sixth year program students. Typically offer fall and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 622 - Consultation and Support Skills for the Educator

Consultation with school personnel and parents, with reference to problem solving procedures, helping steps, interviewing skills, data gathering, goal setting, and intervention planning and support. Open to sixth year program students only. Typically offered spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SED 623 - Advanced Consultation & Collaborative Program Development in Education

Organizational structure and program development for collaboration, consultation, and staff support for personnel who work with special needs students. Open to 6th year program students only. Typically offered fall semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SED 624 - In-Service Training and Workshops in Education

Strategies and practices for presenting educational in-service programs, workshops, and institutes, with particular reference to changing professional roles and responsibilities in collaborative and inclusive schools. Open to Master’s and 6th year program students. Typically offered summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SED 625 - Clinical Practices in Educational Collaboration and Consultation

Supervised practice and projects in collaboration, consultation and staff support approaches. Typically offered spring semesters. Open to 6th year program students only.

Prerequisite(s): SED 623.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SED 636 - Critical Issues in Assistive Technology

Provides an opportunity to examine a variety of issues that are facilitators and barriers to successful AT implementation. Among the topics included are funding, technical support, professional development, equity issues, and legal issues. Students also examine research methods and trends in assistive technology.

Prerequisite(s): SED 517, SED 593, and SED 594.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 641 - Ethical and Professional Conduct

Explores the nature of professional ethics and behavior in educational psychology and applied behavior analysis. As such, the course will focus on building knowledge regarding standards of conduct guiding the fields. In particular, the standards set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) will be covered.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SED 652 - Assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Study of the social, cognitive, neurological, and communicative aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A range of assessment techniques and instruments for individuals at various levels of functioning will be stressed.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SED 690 - Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

Overview of history, features and principles of learning central to the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how these principles relate to learning and behavior.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 691 - Research Methods

Designed to review basic research concepts and to introduce students to more advanced concepts in group and single subject research studies. Included content is designed to meet the standards of BCBA certification while developing students’ broader understanding of general research methods.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 692 - Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Examination of advanced topics in ABA and their relevance to a variety of applied situations focused on learning and behavior. Topics will include specialized behavioral assessments, interventions, staff and parent training, and learning theories.

Prerequisite(s): CSP/SED 690, SED 610, SED 691.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SED 693 - Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis

Builds on information learned in SED 690 and SED 691. SED 693 will provide students with an introduction to assessment design and implementation, individual assessment strategies, data collection, data summary, data interpretation, and adapting assessment strategies to assess individual differences.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 694 - Intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis

Information on intervention using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to design programs to help individuals experience more success in their lives (socially, academically, and behaviorally).

Corequisite(s): SED 693. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SED 695 - Supervised Independent Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis

Supervised experience in applying ABA in real-world settings, including observation, assessment, measurement, and identification and design of interventions. This couse provides some of the supervision required to sit for the BCBA exam.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in or completion of CSP/SED 69 0.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017