Special Education (SPED) Courses

SPED5110 Inclusive Teaching of Exceptional Learners

This course examines the theoretical perspectives, general procedures, federal law and Rhode Island regulations of educating students with exceptionalities in today's schools. Special attention is given to the inclusion of students with exceptionalities in the regular classroom to ensure access to high quality teaching and learning. Parent involvement and advocacy are examined. Participants gain experience and understanding that inclusive practices are intricate and collaborative work through their lab experience and course content. Participants gain knowledge of the characteristics and needs of all students, including gifted and talented students and those from diverse backgrounds.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED5120 Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners

This course teaches candidates the steps in the special education referral and evaluation process, as delineated by Rhode Island and federal regulations. Students learn to use methods and tools of structured observations, determine appropriate assessments, present and discuss test results as part of an evaluation team, and collaboratively develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students with disabilities, including vocational opportunities for secondary students. Participants learn the role of the special educator as advocate throughout these processes and the necessity of maintaining confidentiality. Using informal strategies (i.e., running records, IRI, analysis of writing and work samples) is emphasized as part of a comprehensive, problem-solving and decision-making evaluation system that systematically monitors student progress. Participants gain the knowledge and skills needed as a special education teacher to conduct an individualized educational evaluation using technology and formal and informal assessment measures to determine eligibility and to develop an IEP.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC5120, SPED5110.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED5130 Communication: Language Development and Learning

This course teaches students that language development forms the basis for learning and is a key component in fostering student progress. Issues addressed include those surrounding speech and language development as it relates to learning, both as a language disability and as an English language learner.
Prerequisite(s): (EDUC5190 and EDUC5230) or (EDUC5220 and EDUC5240) or (EDUC5260 and EDUC5280).
Offered at Providence
2.25 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED5150 Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Learners

This course is designed to teach participants how to develop instruction that targets the learning differences of students with exceptionalities. Participants interpret data within a problem-solving framework with the goal of enabling exceptional learners to succeed. Curriculum-based evaluation procedures are used to identify important learning goals in content areas and use instructional strategies, accommodations and modifications to facilitate student learning and progress monitoring. Additionally, participants develop and interpret Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to design explicit instruction and individualize to meet student needs.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC5260, EDUC5280 or EDUC5190, EDUC5230.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED5170 Collaboration: Home/School/Community

This course prepares participants to effectively collaborate in culturally responsive ways with families, other educators, related service providers and personnel from community agencies, particularly as they relate to the IEP process. Participants are taught to focus on the role of the family as addressed by IDEA, and to work through the special education processes of referrals, evaluations, IEPs and transitions of individuals with exceptional learning needs. Participants explore and develop transition plans for students with exceptionalities. Participants learn the role of the special educator as advocate and facilitator of collaboration throughout these processes.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC5260, EDUC5280 or EDUC5190, EDUC5230.
Offered at Providence
2.25 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED6110 Understanding and Managing Behavior

This course examines the fundamentals of classroom management and student behavior that are critical to successful learning environments and social interactions. The course presents research and effective strategies for developing and maintaining appropriate standards of behavior, classroom organization, management and optimal use of learning time. Additionally, it addresses the social, emotional and behavioral aspects of working with exceptional learners. Through classwork and lab experience, a range of social, emotional, behavioral and psycho-educational theories and interventions are examined and discussed.
Prerequisite(s): (EDUC5300, SPED5130, SPED5150 and SPED5170) or (EDUC5270 and SPED5130).
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED6850 Student Teaching: Elementary Special Education

Students in this course spend 12 weeks in a teaching situation at a public elementary school site under the direct supervision of a cooperating special education teacher. Student teachers plan lessons and demonstrate their ability to teach and work effectively. During the course, students are required to demonstrate their understanding of and competence in the RIPTS and CEC Standards by producing a student teachers portfolio. Students may participate in ad hoc seminars related to their student teaching experience.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC6120, EDUC6140, SPED6110, passing score on Praxis II Elementary Education Content Area Exam, department permission.
Offered at Providence
9 Quarter Credit Hours

SPED6870 Student Teaching: Secondary Special Education

Students in this course spend 12 weeks in a teaching situation at a public secondary school site under the direct supervision of a cooperating special education teacher. Student teachers plan lessons and demonstrate their ability to teach and work effectively. During the course, students are required to demonstrate their understanding of and competence in the RIPTS and CEC Standards by producing a student teachers portfolio. Students may participate in ad hoc seminars related to their student teaching experience.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC6120, EDUC6130, SPED6110, passing score on Praxis II Content Area Exam, department permission.
Offered at Providence
9 Quarter Credit Hours