Specialization Course Descriptions

The course descriptions for specializations within the Master of Education in Special Education program follow.


Specialization Courses: K-12 — 9 required credits

SPED 640 Classroom and Behavior Management  (3 credits)

This course on classroom and behavior management is based on the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis. Emphasis is on the impact of language delays and disabilities on behavior, as well as, implementing and evaluating proactive strategies that promote learning and pro-social behavior and reduce challenging behavior. 

SPED 641 Assessment in SPED  (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare teachers to administer, score, and interpret standardized educational instruments; use standardized assessments to make eligibility, placement, and program decisions for students with disabilities; and develop and use formative educational and adaptive behavioral assessments to make data-based instructional decisions. Students will be expected to generate an assessment report based on assessment results.

SPED 642 Methods for Working with Students with Disabilities  (3 credits)

This course focuses on effective teaching for students with or at-risk for disabilities in general education settings, spanning grades K-12. Emphasis is placed on research-based instructional methods for effective instruction of math, reading, and other academic content areas; as well as methods for effective behavioral supports and interventions. Integration of national, state, and local curricula standards will also be addressed.

Elective Courses — K12 majors select three courses (9 credit hours) 

These courses must be completed prior to students beginning the core and required specialization classes.