Course Descriptions

SPED: Courses in Special Education

Department of Education: Health, Physical, and Teacher

SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3 Cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a broad overview of special education and the characteristics and needs of children and youth with disabilities. Historical perspectives, legal aspects, the full range of educational exceptionalities, and teaching strategies are surveyed. Prerequisite: ED/PSY 229 or PSY 307 or consent of instructor. Each semester.

SPED 304 Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 Cr
This course focuses on the physical, sensory, communication, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics of students with mild/moderate disabilities. Characteristics of learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, emotional disabilities, and communication disorders will be covered with specific emphasis on the impact of these characteristics on learning, curriculum, program development, and needed services and support. Prerequisite: SPED 300. Spring semester.

SPED 305 Students with Severe Disabilities 3 Cr
This course focuses on severe disabilities as manifested in individuals from early childhood through the adult years. Emphasis will be placed on defining disabilities (including etiology), and the diagnosis and provision of services. Attention on school based services, including response to intervention and inclusion will be presented. Multicultural issues will be discussed such as the impact of certain disabilities on families from Native American and other various cultures in Montana. Students will begin to develop skills in instructional methods and materials for students with severe disabilities. Various types of classroom assessments will be studied. Prerequisite: SPED 300. Spring semester.

SPED 306 Collaboration and Conferencing Techniques for Special Educators 3 Cr
This course is designed to develop knowledge, skills and abilities relative to collaboration and teamwork. Provides educators with the information and skills necessary to collaborate and consult with other professionals, families, and support agencies regarding the design and implementation of educational programs for students with and without disabilities. Prerequisite: SPED 300. Fall semester.

SPED 323 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 3 Cr
The assessment and evaluation of learning and behavior problems of students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disturbance/behavior disorders at the preschool through secondary levels. Emphases are on students’ use and evaluation of current assessments in special education and their use in the development of individualized educational programs. Prerequisites: SPED 304 and SPED 305; or consent of instructor. Fall semester.

SPED 408 Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities 3 Cr
Students will develop, implement, and evaluate curricula for students with mild disabilities (learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disturbance/behavior disorders) at the preschool through secondary levels. Individualized education program planning, researchbased teaching strategies and materials appropriate for students with mild disabilities are emphasized. A 35 hour practicum experience in a classroom with students with disabilities is required of all students. Prerequisites: SPED 300, SPED 304 and SPED 305; or consent of instructor. Spring semester.