EXC 6350 Orientation to Deafness
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is an overview of the field of deafness. Topics include psychosocial aspects of deafness, educational settings, modes of communication, technology, vocational opportunities, social-emotional development, and needs of the deaf and hard of hearing population with multiple disabilities. EXC 6350 will be cross-listed with EXC 4350.

EXC 6360 Audiological Considerations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the types and causes of hearing loss, orientation to hearing testing, and characteristics and needs of individuals with hearing loss. EXC 6360 will be cross-listed with EXC 4365.

EXC 6370 American Sign Language I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course prepares students to understand and use American Sign Language grammar, signs, finger spelling, and non-manual markers at the survival level. Students receive an orientation to deaf culture and explore the state’s American Sign Language QCC. (Taught with EXC 4370.).

EXC 6380 American Sign Language II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EXC 4370 or EXC 6370 or a survival rating on the Signed Communication Proficiency Interview
Description

This course prepares students to understand and use the grammar, signs, finger spelling, and non-manual markers of American Sign Language at the intermediate level. Students increase their understanding of deaf culture and explore the American Sign language QCC. (Taught with EXC 4380.).

EXC 6560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to Behavior/Learning Disabilities program
Description

This course is the study of the process of gathering information regarding the individual strengths and needs of students with disabilities. It introduces both formal and informal evaluation procedures used in special education settings. Students select and administer both formal and informal assessment instruments and use the data from these assessments for eligibility decision making, instructional planning, and progress monitoring. Limitations of assessment tools related to test bias and cultural and linguistic concerns are addressed in the areas of test selection, administration, interpretation of test results. Technology that facilitates the assessment process is used throughout the course. This course requires additional assignment(s) beyond those at the inital level. (repeatable, twice).

EXC 6570 Individual and Classroom Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to Behavior/Learning Disabilities program
Description

The course is designed to promote skill development in the use of empirically validated methodolgy on the formation of interventions and effective management strategies for individuals as well as groups across a variety of learning environments. Participants develop an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interactions, active engagement in learning, and self motivation. A case study approach is used to promote reflection, evaluation, synthesis, and application of principles learned. This course requires additional assignment(s) beyond those at the initial level. (Repeatable, twice).

EXC 6580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior/Learning Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to Behavior/Learning Disabilities program
Description

This course focuses on the fundamental elements of design, implementation, and evaluation of individualized programs based on educationally relevant characteristics of students with mild behavioral and learning disabilities. Research-based strategies and materials for instruction and technology use in the areas of reading, math, and written language are described and demonstrated with an emphasis on explicit teaching approaches. This course requires additional assignment(s) beyond those at the inital level. (Repeatable, twice).

EXC 6590 Functional and Social Methods for Students with Behavior/Learning Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to Behavior/Learning Disabilities program
Description

This course focuses on development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and methods to promote the acquisition of critical functional life skills in students with mild disabilities. A major focus is the use of integrated thematic instruction which embeds functional skills in the content area. Adaptive behaviors and strong determination of students’ success in various contexts are also included. This course requires additional assignment(s) beyond those at the initial level. (Repeatable, twice).

EXC 6600 Infusing Co-teaching Strategies across the Content Areas
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Instructional models for both special and general education teachers have significantly changed over the last decade as greater numbers of students with disabilities are served in inclusive co-taught classrooms. In this course, students will examine consultative strategies, cooperative teaching techniques, and other culturally-responsive methods that have been designed to foster student performance in diverse inclusive settings. The primary focus of the course is on the development of the collaborative and technical skills of co-teaching across the content areas. EXC 6600 will be cross-listed with EXC 4600.

EXC 6661 Practicum I: Special Education General Education Curriculum: Consultative
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to Behavior/Learning Disabilities Program and EXC 4010
Description

This field-based experience is the first of two required practica for students seeking initial licensure in special education. This practicum provides students with an opportunity to develop and practice skills in delivering instruction and assessment with students who have mild disabilities. Practicum requirements may be completed on the job for those students who are currently employed as a classroom teacher in an approved setting. Students not employed by an approved school will be placed by the program. They will be required to proof of tort liability coverage and have completed a criminal background check through the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance. Students complete the requirements for this practicum with a supervising teacher in a public school setting. The placement requires 15-20 hours per week in classroom settings working with students with mild disabilities. This course requires additional assignement(s) beyond those at the initial level. (Repeatable, once).

EXC 6671 Educational Partnerships and Practicum II: Special Education General Education Curriculum: Consultative
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prequisites: EPY 2050, EXC 4010, EXC 6560, EXC 6570, EXC 6580, EXC 6590, and EXC 6661.
This is the second of two required practica for students preparing for initial licensure in special education general education curriculum: consultative. This course includes the study of family systems and parenting perspectives, effective communication, and models of collaboration. Students are placed in public school settings for the entire school day during the semester of their practicum. Practicum requirements may be completed on the job for those students who are currently employed as a classroom teacher in an approved setting. Students not employed by an approved school will be placed by the program. They will be required to show proof of tort liability coverage and have completed a criminal background check through the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance. Students comlete the requirements for this practicum with a supervising teacher in a public school setting. The placement requires 15-20 hours per week in classroom settings working with students with mild disabilities. Various means of collaboration within the school setting are discussed as well as roles and responsibilities of school personnel in consultation, collaboration, and teamwork during the required seminars. Learners demonstrate an understanding of the importance of collaboration in specific special education activities such as pre-referral teams, assessment, IEP/ITP meetings, and consultation with general education teachers regarding strategies for working with students with disabilities. This course requires additional assignment(s) beyond those at the initial level. (Repeatable, once).

EXC 7000 Collaboration with Parents and Professionals
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites planned certification or degree program or consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course provides students with strategies to successfully collaborate with families, teachers, related staff, and other members of the educational team for students in special education.

EXC 7010 Language Development and Language Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines normal and delayed communication development. It includes theories of language development as well as implications for educational programming for preschool and school age students with special needs.

EXC 7030 Applied Behavior Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements Applied project required
Description

A minimum grade of “B” is required for this course.
This course is a study of the theory and implementation of behavioral strategies for behavior change in students. Strategies include those for data collection and analysis and behavior increase, maintenance, and decrease.

EXC 7130 Assessment for Instructional Planning
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course focuses on the design of assessment strategies for students with behavior and learning disabilities to determine specific instructional needs and monitoring of academic progress. Students use assessment data to develop individualized educational programs. Students develop assessment and monitoring strategies in the following curriculum areas: reading comprehension, word decoding, oral language, written expression, writing mechanics, and study skills.

EXC 7150 Methods for Teaching Academics to Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Study focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of individualized programs based on the educationally relevant characteristics of students with behavior and learning disabilities. Research based strategies and materials for instruction and technology use in the areas of reading, math, and written language are described and demonstrated.

EXC 7160 Strategies for Social and Emotional Behavior in Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course examines techniques for individual and group behavior management as well as curriculum and teaching strategies for promoting the social and emotional development of students with behavior and learning exceptionalities. Both reactive and proactive strategies for working with students are covered.

EXC 7170 Methods for Teaching Functional Life Skills to Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course trains teachers to implement appropriate strategies and methods for students with behavior and learning exceptionalities in developing critical life skills. A major focus is the use of the thematic approach that allows the training of functional life skills embedded in the content areas of academics, social, and adaptive behavior across age levels. The curricular base for the course is functional life skills including topics in career education.

EXC 7190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Students study the design, implementation, and evaluation of reading, writing, and spelling instruction for students with disabilities, with an emphasis on an explicit, direct approach to instruction as supported by research. Students study explicit instructional procedures in phonological awareness, decoding, comprehension, writing, spelling. Commercial programs that are research-based and that meet the needs of students with disabilities are reviewed and demonstrated.

EXC 7250 Characteristics of Severe Intellectual Disability and Autism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course includes the study of the cognitive, social, communication, and learning characteristics of students with moderate, severe, and profound mental retardation and autism. Discussions focus on social philosophies and service delivery issues.

EXC 7260 Characteristics of Severe Physical and Multiple Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course analyzes the impact of physical, sensory, and health impairments on learning and the resulting educational implications. Major physical, sensory, and health impairments that are often found in school age populations are addressed.

EXC 7280 Methods for Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EXC 7030 and EXC 7250 or consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course includes the study of instructional methodologies for skill acquisition. Curriculum development and implementation based on a community-referenced model for students with mental retardation, autism, orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, deaf blindness, and multiple impairments are studied.

EXC 7281 Adapted/Functional Curriculum for Students with Severe Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Restricted to majors in Multiple and Severe Disabilities and EXC 7280 or permission of instruction
Description

Curriculum content appropriate for students within an adapted or functional curriculum. Content areas include literacy and those based on community referenced needs, to include personal care, functional academics, social/leisure, residential and vocational instruction.

EXC 7282 Teaching Academic and Functional Curricula to Students with Physical and Severe Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EXC 7250 or EXC 7260
Description

This course is appropriate for teachers of students who need an adapted academic or functional curriculum. Curriculum content areas include verbal and augmentative/alternative language, literacy, arithmetic, self-help and community participation. Adaptations to materials and use of technology for instruction will be discussed.

EXC 7290 Methods for Teaching Students with Physical and Multiple Disabilities: Reading and Academics
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course focuses on: (a) adaptation of academic and functional curriculum for students with mild and severe disabilities who have concomitant physical impairments, (b) reading and academics, and (c) use of technology for academic instruction, including augmentative communication.

EXC 7300 Assistive Technology: Reading and Academics
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course provides instruction in various forms of assistive technology for students with disabilities and includes computer adaptations for physical access and assistive technology to promote reading, writing, math and other academic areas. Course may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7310 Strategies for Challenging Behaviors
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EXC 7030 or EPY 8020
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course is the study of functional assessment and functional analysis procedures for the development of a hypothesis concerning the function of challenging behavior. The development of intervention strategies based on such hypotheses is discussed.

EXC 7315 Assessment and Curricular Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course addresses contemporary assessments and models for evaluating students with ASD. Students will acquire competency in a variety of assessments used for screening, diagnosing, and identifying skill targets for instruction across socialization, communication, sensory, behavior, self-help, and academic domains. Diagnostic prescriptive assessment will be linked to program development and ongoing classroom data collection.

EXC 7320 Methods of Teaching Low Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course provides an examination of the unique learning styles of students functioning on the lower end of the autism spectrum and how their disability may affect behavior and learning. Empirically-validated methods for teaching communication, socialization, self-help, and basic academics will be discussed along with the application of these methods across environments.

EXC 7325 Methods of Teaching High Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course will prepare professionals to plan and implement effective programs for children and youth with Aspergers and those who are functioning at the high end of the autism spectrum. Empirically-based strategies for enhancing functioning in academics, communication, socialization, and behavioral flexibility will be discussed.

EXC 7330 Physical and Health Management of Students with Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course includes a wide variety of techniques to meet the student’s physical and health needs including how to position the student for optimal instruction, lifting and handling procedures, feeding techniques, and health care procedures (e.g., tube feeding, catheterization).

EXC 7340 Post-School Transition for Students with Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites A planned certification program or MEd program, or consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course provides students with an overview of interagency models for transition planning for students with various disabilities. Included are modules concerning post- school employment, community living, post-secondary education, and community access, and restructuring of the secondary school curriculum to facilitate effective transition.

EXC 7350 Psychosocial Characteristics of Deafness
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Students examine information related to psychological and sociological implications of deafness crucial to understanding the characteristics of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This information is presented within an historical and philosophical framework.

EXC 7360 Language Development in Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Communication Disorders or Introduction to Language Disorders or EXC 7010
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Restricted to students majoring in Communication, Communication Disorders, or Multiple and Severe Disabilities with a concentration in deaf-blind or hearing impairment.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with techniques and strategies for assessing and teaching reading and written language skills to students with hearing loss. Assessment, lesson planning, and effective instruction are addressed.

EXC 7390 Reading and Writing Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with techniques and strategies for assessing and teaching reading written language skills to students with hearing losses. Assessment, lesson planning, and effective instruction are addressed.

EXC 7400 Methods of Teaching Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with techniques and strategies for assessing and teaching students who are deaf/hard of hearing whether in resource, resource, self-contained, or inclusive settings. Lesson planning, classroom management, curriculum, and effective instruction are addressed.

EXC 7430 Auditory and Speech Development in Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing to provide appropriate assessment and intervention to enhance speech and listening skills in clinical and classroom contexts.

EXC 7460 Mathematics Instruction in Special Education I
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course provides core mathematics knowledge for K-8 teachers emphasizing the use of algebraic thinking to connect mathematics, its ideas, and application through conjecture, inventing, and problem solving. This course emphasizes problem solving, sets, whole numbers, functions, numerations systems, whole number computation, integers, fractions, decimals, and percents. Part I of a two part course. (Repeatable, twice).

EXC 7650 Characteristics of Young Children with Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course focuses on legislation and learning and behavioral characteristics of young children with disabilities.

EXC 7660 Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EXC 7650
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course includes instructional methods, materials, and curriculum used in teaching young children with disabilities. Three-hour weekly field placement is required as part of course.

EXC 7810 Directed Reading and Research in Special Education
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Students intensively study selected areas of special education through special reading or conducting special projects depending on the needs of the student. Directed reading may extend beyond one term. (Repeatable).

EXC 7920 Practicum I: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for initial in-depth experiences with deaf and hard of hearing students. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7925 Practicum I: Severe Mental Retardation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for initial in-depth experiences with students with severe mental retardation. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7926 Practicum I: Autism
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for initial in-depth experiences with students with autism. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7927 Practicum I: Physical and Health Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Description

This intensive practicum course provides for opportunity for initial in-depth experiences with students who have orthopedic impairments. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7929 Practicum I: Early Childhood
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for initial in-depth experiences with early childhood students. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7930 Practicum II: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for full-time, in-depth experiences with deaf/hard of hearing students. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7935 Practicum II: Severe Intellectual Disability
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for full-time, in-depth experiences with students with severe mental retardation. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7936 Practicum II: Autism
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for full-time, in-depth experiences with students with autism. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7937 Practicum II: Physical and Health Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for full-time, in-depth experiences with students who have orthopedic impairments. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7939 Practicum II: Early Childhood
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for full-time, in-depth experiences with early childhood students. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7940 Practicum: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for advanced in-depth experiences with deaf/hard of hearing students. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 7941 Practicum III: Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites contact the department
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This intensive practicum course provides opportunity for advanced in-depth experiences with students who have mild disabilities. This practicum may extend beyond one term.

EXC 8010 Advanced Study of Exceptional Students
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Restricted to students majoring in Special Education.
This course comprehensively analyzes the mental, physical, and emotional problems of exceptional students. It also covers current issues and trends in special education.

EXC 8770 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the three-tiered proactive and preventative positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework for implementation for all students within a variety of educational environments and across age spans (preschool through secure juvenile justice settings). Each tier will be discussed along with appropriate strategies and interventions. This course emphasizes the PBIS data-based decision-making process and fidelity of implementation in terms of student academic and social outcomes appropriate for a variety of school staff (e.g., teachers, administrators, school psychologists, correctional education, etc.).
Note: Course open to students in graduate degree programs from any college in the university; consent of instructor required for students in post-baccalaureate programs.

EXC 8810 Directed Reading or Research in Special Education
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

This independent study course is for intensive study of selected areas of special education not covered in course work. Directed reading may extend beyond one term. (Repeatable).

EXC 8960 Seminar in Special Education
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Students intensively analyze research in the area of theory and practice and the literature on current issues, trends, and functions of special education. (Repeatable).

EXC 8961 Professional Development Seminar in Special Education
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Requirements Course is graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory
Description

A minimum grade of “S” is required for this course.
Students discuss current issues and topics in special education and develop a personal line of research leading to a residency study and preparation for their dissertation. The seminar may extend beyond one term. (Repeatable).

EXC 8980 Professional Investigation and Writing in Special Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EXC 8010 or consent of instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

This course for educational specialist students in special education provides the knowledge and skills to complete the research and writing of a school improvement project.

EXC 9660 Internship in Special Education I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

This internship provides intensive experience for students to teach college level courses in special education under the supervision of a faculty member. Internship may extend beyond one term.

EXC 9670 Internship in Special Education II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This internship provides intensive experiences for students to work with exceptional children. Special arrangements are made with schools or other facilities for placement. Internship may extend beyond one term.

EXC 9900 Research Seminar in Special Education
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

Students analyze advanced research in special topics. (Repeatable). [Cross-listed with PSYC 9900L].

EXC 9910 Research Seminar in Learning Disabilities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students analyze advanced research in the area of learning disabilities.

EXC 9920 Research Seminar in Behavior Disorders
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students analyze advanced research in the area of behavior disorders.

EXC 9930 Research Seminar in Mental Retardation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students analyze advanced research in the area of mental retardation.

EXC 9981 Grant Proposal Writing in Special Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EPRS 8530; two course sequence (6 units) in quantitative or single-case methodology
Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to locate and develop private and public grant proposals with an emphasis on special education funding.

EXC 9985 Ethics and the Advancement of Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission into the doctoral program
Description

This seminar will include discussion and assignments related to (a) ethics in the conduct of research, especially applied research with vulnerable populations, (b) tracing the development over time of a line of research, and (c) requirements of evidence-based practices.

EXC 9990 Dissertation
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 9.0
Requirements Course is graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory
Description

A minimum grade of “S” is required for completion of the dissertation.
This course involves the research and writing of the doctoral dissertation. Dissertation may extend beyond one term. (Repeatable).