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Early Childhood Special Education
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Course One – Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Special Needs

  • Offers a broad overview of typical and atypical development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • The role of the family and the implementation of interventions in natural environments are a focus to develop skills required to provide services to infants and toddlers.
  • Students will be exposed to interventions that are appropriate to a child’s chronological age, developmental differences, and disability-specific needs.
  • Students develop knowledge of evidence-based practices associated with young children birth to pre K.

Course Two – Working with Families in Early Childhood Special Education 

  • Provide students with skills to effectively interact with families with young children with special needs.
  • Students explore family systems within the context of ethnicity, culture, life experiences, and language diversity.
  • Students develop skills in supporting families through the IFSP/IEP process.
  • The course covers strategies to assist families to access desired services, programs, and activities in their school and community.

Course Three – Assessment and Instruction for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers 

  • Offers an in depth review of the required knowledge and skills needed in order for students to determine, develop and implement appropriate assessment and instructional interventions.
  • Students will be exposed to the impact of cultural and linguistic differences and family concerns and priorities affecting choices in assessment and instructional planning.
  • The course reviews the IDEA requirements for assessment and evaluation as required by IDEA Part B and C.

Course Four – Supervised Field Experience – Project in Early Childhood Special Education 

  • Offered concurrently with Course Three – Assessment and Instruction for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and covers assessment and Instruction for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with IFSPs and IEPs.
  • The course offers students supervised field experience in order to complete 2 full case studies.
  • One case study will be focused on infants/toddlers and the other case study will be focused on preschoolers.
  • Students participate as part of a multidisciplinary team to assess and develop an appropriate IFSP or IEP.
  • Students are required to develop and implement strategies to meet IFSP or IEP goals and objectives using individual and group interventions.
  • Students develop skills in working with paraprofessionals to implement a student’s educational program.
  • Students implement strategies to monitor student progress based on the student’s IFSP or IEP goals.

  Orthopedic Impairment
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Course One – Characteristics of Students with Orthopedic Impairments 

  • Offers a broad overview of the characteristics and psychosocial implications for students with physical disabilities birth to age 22.
  • The course prepares candidates to address functional limitations of movement and/or sensation, health impairments, and mild/severe intellectual impairments.
  • Candidates explore the domains of cognitive, communication,
    fine/gross motor, social/emotional, self-care as they relate to the provision of service to students with OI.
  • The impact of OI for students in settings such as school, home and community will be explored.

Course Two – Assessment, Communication, Educational Access and Adaptations for Students with Orthopedic Impairments  

  • Provides information regarding appropriate assessment practices to drive program decisions for delivery of specialized services in the LRE.
  • Candidates identify and support essential skills, accommodations and modifications needed for students with OI to be successful in a variety of instructional settings.
  • Candidates develop skills to implement appropriate assistive technology supports for students with OI.

Course Three – Specialized Health Care and Supports for Student with Orthopedic Impairments

  • Candidates learn to implement specialized health care methodologies, regulations, and technological procedures based on student IHCP’s to support a safe environment for students with OI.
  • Consistent and safe use of universal precautions, specialized equipment, mobility devices and sensory accommodations will be a focus of the course.
  • Candidates learn the knowledge to implement alternate forms of mobility, utilize safe lifting, positioning and feeding techniques.
  • The course provides knowledge regarding the storage and safe operation of medical equipment.

Course Four – Transition and Collaborating with Families and Other Service Providers for Students with Orthopedic Impairments 

  • Provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to effectively participate as a member of a collaborative team that serves a student with OI.
  • Candidates learn the essential skills needed to support students as they transition into/from hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.
  • The course provides the candidates with the knowledge necessary to effectively support students with OI through post-school placements/agencies and services through the appropriate development of an ITP.


Traumatic Brain Injury
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Course One – Characteristics of Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

  • This course will offer a broad overview of the unique characteristics, as well as challenges related to the neurology of the disability.
  • The course will review the neurological impact related to open/closed head injuries of students with TBI birth to age 22.
  • Candidates will explore the following areas: cognitive, language, memory, perceptual, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgement, problem solving, psychosocial behavior, physical functions, sensory, motor abilities, information processing and speech as the relate to the provision of services for students with TBI.

Course Two – Teaching and Learning for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

  • The course will provide board review current evidenced based instructional methodologies, technology, setting and accommodations/modifications for students with TBI.
  • The course will review appropriate assessment practices for student with TBI.
  • Candidates will develop skills to implement instructional methodologies, assessment, and assistive technology supports for students with TBI.

Course Three – Behavior and Emotional Strategies for Students with TBI

  • The course will provide a broad review of current behavioral intervention strategies and supports within the classroom setting for students with TBI.
  • Interventions and strategies reviewed will also include TBI related areas of impact such as self-concept and emotional well-being as these areas relate to diminished loss of prior abilities.

Course Four – Collaborating with Other Service Providers

  • The course will provide a broad review of current models of collaboration with regard to the IEP team and relationship to services, service providers and student needs for success in the classroom.
  • This course will include weekly activities and field work for candidates to participate in and gain skills needed to collaborate with service providers.