SPED - Special Education

SPED 189 Special Topic

Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children

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.

SPED 304 Students W/ High Incidence Disabilities

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.

SPED 305 Students With Low Incidence Disabilities

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.

SPED 306 Collab & Conf Tech for Spec Ed

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.

SPED 323 Assmnt/Evaluation in Special Education

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.

SPED 324 Diagnostic-Based Interventions

Diagnostic-Based Interventions in Literacy Instruction. This course is designed to prepare the classroom teacher to assess children's reading levels and provide instruction for the corrective and remedial reader using appropriate methods. Students are required to complete a clinical experience.

SPED 408 Methods/Teaching/Lrn Behv Disorders

Methods for Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders. 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, research-based 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.

SPED 409 Methods for Administering Special Ed

Methods for Administering Special Education.

The purpose of this course is for students to learn how to administer special education within the public school system. Students will learn the special education process from pre-referral through evaluation and implementation of the Individualized Education Plan. Student will learn to write individual present level of academic achievement and functional performance statements and measurable annual goals for an Individual Educational Plan. Students will complete a 90 hour filed experience in the public school.

SPED 485

Independent study is open to junior and senior students only. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.