Special Education | HER

Core Special Education Requirements (24 Credits)

SPED 6100 – Programming and Management 3 Credit(s)

This course provides an overview of the role models, management needs, organizational variables, and instructional models necessary for success with students with mild/moderate disabilities.

SPED 6110 – History and Law 3 Credit(s)

This course reviews the role of federal, state, and local governments in special education issues with an emphasis on law and regulation. Focus will be placed on ideas that impact education.

SPED (VI)CXX – Creating and Managing a Learning Environment 3 Credit(s)

This course helps students understand how to create effective learning environments by establishing and implementing routines and procedures consistent with expectations. Students will learn to implement personalized learning practices that consider the whole child, including the role of thinking, implementing minimally restrictive behavioral interventions, trauma-informed instructional practices, and restorative instructional practices.

SPED 6130 – Intervention Strategies in ELA for Students with Disabilities 3 Credit(s)

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum and instructional needs of students with mild/moderate disabilities in the areas of reading and writing.

SPED 6145 – Assistive Technology, Collaboration and Postsecondary Transition 3 Credit(s)

This course reviews the collaboration and communication skills necessary for special educators to implement transition planning for students with mild/moderate disabilities. Students also gain the necessary knowledge in providing assistive technology support.

SPED (VI)160 – Assessment for Learning and Data Driven Decisions for Special Education 3 Credit(s):

The focus of this course includes: Instruction and assessment in specific content strategies and cross-curricular teams. Designing, administering and reviewing educational assessments in a meaningful and ethical manner; training and modifying formative and summative assessments; assessing students’ competence for personal learning. Integrated technologies support and significantly supplement student learning by adding effective use of software to personalize learning. Utah Professional Education Educator Standards (UETS); sharing knowledge and skills with parents and guardians; skills to provide tier one and tier two instruction and interventions based on the Utah Core Standards and supports positive behavior for each student within a multi-tiered support system. Includes practical schools.

SPED (6)700 – Intervention Strategies in Math for Students with Disabilities 3 Credit(s)

Students will learn and practice evidence-based methods for teaching mathematics. The course will focus on elementary through upper middle school math standards.

EDUC 6030 – Principles of Research 3 Credit(s)

Contemporary psychological studies apply teaching and learning principles to positivist and constructivist research paradigms. Principles and skills for the study of the profession. Use of educational strategies to assess and organize the process.

Capstone Requirements (6 Credits)

EDUC 6650 – Research I 3 Credit(s)

This course builds on the objective of the research artist begun in EDUC 6030: Principles of Medical Research by applying action research tools to a classroom study. Candidates finalize research questions, conduct a literature review, determine research methodology and obtain IRB approval.

EDUC 6933 – Research II 3 Credit(s)

The student completes and presents a Medical Research Thesis based on a pre-selected topic and question. Advisor approval is required and the Advisor will complete the registration.

Electives (0-6 Credits)

  • SUU undergraduate students who have already taken SPED 6120 and/or SPED 6160 at the undergraduate level will choose 3 or 6 credits of electives for their course.
  • It can be chosen from graduate-level courses or from other SUU graduate programs with the approval of the M.Ed. Program Director.

*Please note that some students may ultimately earn more credits than listed above for their master’s degree. If the capstone cannot be completed within one (1) semester, students must be continuously enrolled in EDUC 6931 – Capstone Teacher Education Seminar until completion.

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