Special Education and Reading

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Ronald Tamura
CHAIRPERSON
Davis 216
(203) 392-6426 – Fax (203) 392-5927
tamurar1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-5925

Kimberly Bean, Assistant Professor
Ruth Eren, Professor
Kara Faraclas, Assistant Professor
Mark Groskreutz, Associate Professor
Mary W. Kiarie, Associate Professor
Angela Lopez-Velasquez, Assistant Professor
Mia Mercurio, Associate Professor
George M. Olshin, Professor
Regine Randall, Assistant Professor
Laura Raynolds, Associate Professor
Louise Shaw, Assistant Professor
Louise Spear-Swerling, Professor
Ronald Tamura, Associate Professor
Maravene E. Taylor-Roscow, Professor
Judith Terpstra, Associate Professor
Yan Wei, Assistant Professor

MAJOR PROGRAMS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND READING

The department of Special Education and Reading offers two special education certification programs.

  • The Comprehensive program prepares students for certification in Comprehensive Special Education (K-12).
  • The Collaborative program is offered in collaboration with the Education Department and prepares students for certification in Elementary Education (1-6) and certification in Special Education (K-12).

Elementary Education/Special Education Collaborative Certification

The successful completion of this program fulfills the course requirements for the Comprehensive Special Education and Elementary Education Initial Teaching Certificate in Connecticut. Students who complete the program and who pass Praxis® II and the Foundations of Reading test will be eligible for the Collaborative Elementary Education 1-6 and Comprehensive Special Education K-12 certification. Students must also select a subject area major.

Students must meet the requirements outlined in the Academic Standards section of the Undergraduate Catalog and must maintain at least a 2.7 GPA with no grade less than a "C" in professional courses.

Students seek advisement from the department for the most recent updates to the teacher certification changes proposed by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Due to proposed teacher certification changes, programs are subject to change.

Passing scores on Praxis® II and the Foundations of Reading test are required for completion of teacher certification for most teacher candidates in the state of Connecticut. Students who are required to take these exams and who do not pass will not be recommended for certification.

To pass through each gate, students successfully complete a certain set of courses and projects. Information regarding admission and gates may be obtained from the Department of Special Education and Reading.

Comprehensive Special Education (K-12)

The successful completion of this program fulfills the course requirements for the Comprehensive Special Education Initial Teaching Certificate in Connecticut to teach children eligible for special education in elementary and secondary schools.

Students must meet the requirements outlined in the Academic Standards section of the Undergraduate Catalog and must maintain at least a 2.7 GPA with no grade less than a "C". Students must pass Praxis® II as well as the Foundations of Reading test  to be recommended for certification, and must complete the requirements of four gates in professional courses.

Passing scores on Praxis® II and the Foundations of Reading test are required for completion of teacher certification for most teacher candidates in the state of Connecticut. Students who are required to take these exams and who do not pass will not be recommended for certification. Students must complete the requirements of four gates.

To pass through each gate, students successfully complete a set of courses and projects. Information regarding admission and gates may be obtained from the Department of Special Education and Reading. Course sequence is subject to advisement.

EDU 471 - Supporting English Learners for School Success

This course is for future and current public school teachers, to increase their effectiveness in helping English Language Learners (ELLs) learn and remember selected content (i.e., math, science, social studies, and literature). The course focuses on ESL methodologies and ways to modify mainstream course materials and instructional startegies so that ELLs can engage in course conten while simultaneously developing their new language.

1.5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

RDG 470 - Literacy in the Content Areas

A study of important literacy strategies for content area teachers to scaffold instruction so that all learners can access content area texts and instruction. Strategies for vocabulary acquisition, word decoding, reading comprehension, writing, and study skills covered. Class adaptation and modification. Special Condition: Gate 3.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 413 or ART 370 or EXS 352

1.5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 225 - Introduction to Exceptionalities

Overview of special education legislation and procedural guidelines for addressing the legal, education, and instructional needs of all students with exceptionalities.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 235 - Early Childhood Special Education for the Exceptional Individual

Offers an overview of typical and atypical child development and the programming and assessment of young children with special needs; emphasis is on the use of play to facilitate the development of cognitive, language, motor and social and emotional skills.

Prerequisite(s): SED 225.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 325 - Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Individuals

The writing and choosing of appropriate curriculum and the utilization of effective educational strategies for exceptional individuals.

Prerequisite(s): SED 225.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 335 - Accommodating Individuals with Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments

The most prevalent disabling conditions and health impairments are studied with an emphasis on classroom acommodations for students’ education, comfort, and safety. Emergency procedures as well as issues concerning accessibility, advocacy, and death and dying are also addressed.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

SED 355 - Educating Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Characteristics and needs of the moderately and severely disabled. School options and components of a functional school curriculum that prepare for adult community work and living opportunities. Review of community support groups and services.

Prerequisite(s): SED 225 and SED 325.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 365 - Basic Principles of Academic Assessment and Remediation for Exceptional Individuals

Approaches to assessing, teaching, and modifying mathematics and science skills for students with special needs are discussed, demonstrated, and applied.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 105 and MAT 106, and departmental permission

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 375 - Classroom Management Techniques in Educational Settings

A survey of psychoeducational and behavior modification approaches in the classroom with individuals and groups, emphasizing observation skills, data collection, goal-setting, classroom design, and developmentally appropriate teaching and management strategies.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 210 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 410 - Fingerspelling and Instructional Sign Language for Exceptional Children

An introduction to manual sign systems. Emphasis is on expressive sign language for language and/or hearing impaired children.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 435 - Language Arts for Exceptional Individuals

Approaches to assessing and teaching language arts (with an emphasis on reading, spelling, writing) for children with special needs are discussed, demonstrated, and applied.

Special Information: Supervised field work is a major requirement of this course.

Prerequisite(s): SED 325, and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 445 - Collaboration in the Schools

A survey of professional collaboration among special and regular educators, support specialists, paraprofessionals, and parents.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 447 - Learning Through the Arts

An experiential, hands-on workshop format will introduce future teachers to the value and application of the visual and performing arts to the education of children.

Prerequisite(s): Three credit all university art course; departmental permission.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SED 449 - From Theory to Practice: A School Based Experience in Special Education

Students spend three hours a week in a local public school under the supervision of special education faculty in partnership with classroom teachers. They apply what they have learned in coursework to true-to-life situations while working with individuals and small groups of children.

Special Information: Field work required.

Prerequisite(s): SED 225, SED 235, SED 325, SED 335, SED 355, SED 365, SED 375, SED 435, and departmental . permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 452 - Seminar in Reflective Practice

Examine current and significant issues in the field of special education.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 481 - Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary Education Classroom

Acquaint regular educators with the characteristics and needs of exceptional students. Introduce methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with exceptional students. Grades K-12 are covered with an emphasis on the elementary classroom.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to freshmen.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Education Classroom

Acquaint regular educators with the characteristics and needs of exceptional students. Introduce methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with exceptional students. Grades K-12 are covered with an emphasis on the secondary classroom.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to freshmen.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SED 498 -

3 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017