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Course Descriptions

Course Field Experience Hrs. Credit Hrs.
EDS 600 Introduction to the Study of Exceptional Students, K-12 10 hrs. 3
EDS 630/631 Assessment and Instruction of Students with Disabilities at the Elementary and Secondary Level 10 hrs. 3
EDS 632 Instruction and Classroom Management for Students with Emotional Behavioral Problems 15 hrs. 3
EDS 633 Accommodating Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings 15 hrs. 3
EDS 702 Supervised Practicum in Special Education at the Secondary Level   3

EDS 600 Introduction to the Study of Exceptional Students, K-12

This course is a basic introduction to exceptionality with a consideration of emotional, neurological, and physically-based etiologies as they relate to exceptionality. Specific reference will be given to an overview of disability and impairment and to a system of classification and criteria for classification.

EDS 630/631 Assessment and Instruction of Students with Disabilities at the Elementary and Secondary Level

This course will examine the complexity of the issues inherent in the teaching-learning process with particular reference to students with mild to severe disabilities at the elementary and secondary level. The instructional dimensions that create the conditions of failure for students with learning, intellectual, physical, and emotional problems will be characterized. A framework and practical strategies for the use of assessment procedures that focus on effective instructional planning and can reverse the cycle of failure for students with mild through severe disabilities will be emphasized.

EDS 632 Instruction and Classroom Management for Students with Emotional Behavioral Problems

This course addresses the use of positive behavior interventions and supports for students with emotional behavior problems. Students will be introduced to the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the use of a three tier level of support including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention practices. Students will learn to conduct a functional behavior assessment and develop a corresponding four component positive behavior support plan.

EDS 633 Accommodating Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings

Inclusion represents one of the most significant challenges facing education in recent years. It requires critical changes in attitudes and practice for both general and special educators. This course will explore the concept of inclusion; discuss it from both a theoretical and practical perspective, and present strategies necessary for it to be successful. Included will be discussions of historical and current perspectives, collaboration among professionals, practical classroom administration, instructional adaptations, and more.

EDS 702 Supervised Practicum in Special Education at the Secondary Level

The New York State Department of Education defines the practica as a structured, college-supervised learning experience for a student in a teacher education program in which the student practices the skills being learned in the teacher education program through direct experiences with individual students or groups of students.