Concentrations (11 hrs) can be taken anytime throughout the program.

EDUC 6254:  Individualizing Instruction for Diverse Learners  (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

Instructional modifications/adaptations related to meeting the individual learning needs of students. Emphasis on teaming, collaboration, and creating a classroom environment in which all learners can be successful. Differences among learners that are influenced by development, exceptionalities, and diversity are explored using case study methodology.


SPED 6502: Advanced Classroom Management  (3)
Offered in Fall  |  No prerequisites

Advanced theoretical context, including applied behavior analysis, functional assessments, and positive behavioral supports, and related applied strategies necessary to manage and maintain effectively the classroom behaviors of individuals or groups of students. A field-based clinical assignment of approximately 15 hours is required.


SPED 6503:  Instructional Design in Special Education  (3)
Offered in Spring  | No prerequisites

Advanced instructional design for learners who have significant difficulty in performing academic tasks with typical instruction. Provides students with a unified set of viable instructional design principles for evaluating or modifying curriculum. Application of these principles ensures that the curriculum is accessible to a diverse group of learners. A field based assignment of approximately 15 hours is required.


SPED 6690:  Consultation and Collaboration  (2)
Offered in Fall  | No prerequisites

Special educators must be able to build effective partnerships with families, general educators, paraeducators, and related service professionals in order to assure comprehensive and quality programs for children with disabilities. Provides special educators with knowledge relating to the role of parents, paraeducators, administrators, other professionals, and students on multidisciplinary teams, initiatives in building inclusive programs, and the array of services available to children with disabilities. Provides skills in effective communication; promoting family involvement, including families who are culturally diverse; team planning; collaborative instruction; and leadership. Enhances the view of special educators as specialists and a resource to colleagues for instruction, inclusion, transition, and collaboration with outside agencies.