Special Education


School of Education
SPED 200. Nature and Issues of Disabilities. 3 credits.
The nature, needs and problems of exceptional children and how these relate to educational provisions are studied. The status of the handicapped in society will be emphasized. Federal and state laws ensuring the rights of the handicapped will be stressed.
SPED 201. Characteristics of Persons With Learning/Behavioral Disabilities. 3 credits.
This course will highlight the legal definitions of learning disabilities, mental retardation and emotional disturbance as well as characteristics that are both shared and unique to each area. Causes and prevalence rates will be discussed also.
SPED 202. Field Experiences in Special Education. 3 credits.
Provides students with supervised experiences with the disabled. Placements are made in various settings, including schools, institutions and recreational programs. Prerequisite: SPED 200 or permission of instructor.
SPED 311. Assessing the Disabled. 2 credits.
A study of formal and informal measures used to diagnose disabilities as well as plan and evaluate instruction. Legal requirements for eligibility for special education services will be stressed. Prerequisite: SPED 200, 201 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 312.
SPED 312. Field Experience in Assessing Disabilities. 1 credit.
Students are expected to demonstrate in field and/or simulated settings the assessment skills which have been developed in SPED 311. Prerequisite: SPED 200, 201 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 311.
SPED 313. Instructional Programming for the Disabled. 2 credits.
A study of general curriculum and methods appropriate for mildly disabled students in special education with emphasis on IEP development. Methods and materials for academic and school-related problems are examined. Prerequisite: SPED 200, 201 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 314.
SPED 314. Field Experience in Instructional Programming for the Disabled. 1 credit.
Students are expected to demonstrate in field and/or simulated settings the instructional programming skills which have been developed in SPED 313. Prerequisite: SPED 200, 201 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 313.
SPED 315. Analysis and Design of Behavioral Programs for the Disabled. 2 credits.
This course will emphasize the development of behavioral programs for learning and behavior problems as well as methods for developing interpersonal skills. Prerequisite: SPED 200 and 201, or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 316.
SPED 316. Field Experience in Analysis and Design of Behavioral Programs for the Disabled. 1 credit.
Students are expected to demonstrate in field and/or simulated settings those skills necessary to design behavioral programs for children with disabilities as well as methods for developing interpersonal skills through social skill training. Prerequisite: SPED 200, 201 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 315.
SPED 317. Teaching Language Arts and Mathematics. 2 credits.
A survey of methods and materials for teaching language arts and mathematics in the regular class. Emphasis will be on the sequence of specific academic skills taught with a developmental approach. Prerequisite: SPED 200 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 318.
SPED 318. Field Experience in Teaching Language Arts and Mathematics. 1 credit.
Students are expected to demonstrate in field and/or simulated settings the teaching competencies which have been developed in SPED 317. Prerequisite: SPED 200 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 317.
SPED 319. Managing Classroom Behavior. 2 credits.
This course focuses on techniques used to manage the behavior of students with disabilities. Emphasized are strategies used to prevent inappropriate behavior from occurring and/or worsening. Several systematic interventions are briefly discussed. Prerequisite: SPED 315 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 320.
SPED 320. Field Experience in Managing Classroom Behavior. 1 credit.
Students are required to demonstrate various classroom behavior management strategies in the classroom and/or in simulations. Prerequisite: SPED 315 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 319.
SPED 401. Problems in Special Education. 1-3 credits.
Considers current problems and issues in special education as they relate to the professional education of teachers.
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students in Regular Classes. 1 credit.
Categories and characteristics of the disabled will be examined. Modifications in teaching methods and materials for disabled students in regular classes at the secondary level will be presented. Promoting positive attitudes toward the disabled will be stressed. Not available for major or minor credit in early, middle and special education.
SPED 461. Special Methods for Teaching Academics to the Disabled. 2 credits.
A study of instructional approaches for educating students with mild disabilities. The course emphasizes specific methods and materials for teaching academic and related areas. Prerequisite: SPED 313 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 462.
SPED 462. Field Experience in Special Methods for Teaching Academics to the Disabled. 1 credit.
Students are required to demonstrate in field and/or simulated settings teaching skills developed in SPED 461. Prerequisite: SPED 313 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 461.
SPED 463. Consultative Skills for Working With Schools, Community Agencies and Parents. 2 credits.
This course focuses on skills necessary in assisting regular educators, community agencies and parents to work with students with disabilities. Skills in providing in-service programs, working as a part of a team and consultation are developed. Prerequisite: SPED 319 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 464.
SPED 464. Field Experience in Consultative Skills for Working with Schools, Community Agencies and Parents. 1 credit.
Students are expected to demonstrate in field and/or simulated settings the consultational skills developed in SPED 463. Prerequisite: SPED 319 or permission of the instructor; corequisite: SPED 463.
SPED 480. Student Teaching in Special Education. 8 credits.
Enables students to apply those skills and attitudes acquired in all components of their teacher education program. Under the guidance of university supervisors, students are provided activities designed to familiarize them with the classroom teacher's role.
SPED 490. Special Studies in Special Education. 1-3 credits each semester.
Designed to allow the student to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.
SPED 499. Honors. 6 credits.
See catalog descriptions titled "Graduation with Distinction" and "Graduation with Honors."

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University