EDS Courses

EDS199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

EDS201 - Infants and Young Children with Exceptional Needs (3 cr.)

Exploration of practices and policies appropriate to the needs of infants and preschool children who are disabled and/or at risk. The philosophy of early intervention, federal legislation related to early intervention, intervention strategies, service delivery approaches, development of children from birth-age 5, and awareness of the range of available Assistive Technology (AT) options and applications for young children with disabilities. The importance of the family structure and the cultural, linguistic, and social differences that affect the lives of young children. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: B.S./M.S.Ed major.

EDS299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

EDS399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

EDS405 - Literacy for Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (3 cr.)

Aspects of the development of listening, speaking, reading, writing, listening, and viewing and representing visually (media literacy), focusing on diverse learners, students who are at-risk, struggling, or identified as having Exceptional Learning Needs (ELN). Exploration of research-based best practices, assessment, Response to Intervention, materials, and techniques to promote literacy development of students who are at-risk, struggling, or who have ELN. Examination of differentiation of curriculum and instruction in the Language Arts, with a focus on reading. Emphasis on multiple approaches: multi-sensory, phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading as a lifelong pursuit. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisite: EDS201.

EDS410 - Foundations of Special Education (3 cr.)

This course provides a foundational understanding of the field of special education. The course will examine the characteristics and abilities of students with exceptional learning needs. Teacher candidates will learn to plan and implement differentiated instructional and assessment stategies to engage all students in meaningful learning activities. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: enrolled in undergraduate Childhood Education Program and EDR315, EDU371.

EDS424 - Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 cr.)

Descriptions, definitions, and methods of identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder. The symptoms and assessment instruments or techniques available to alert parents and providers to seek further evaluation by a child study team of the local school district and a developmental pediatrician. Local, state, and national resources for parents and professional. Current research and debate associated with the perceived causes of the disorders. Learning to work with students on the spectrum through teaching strategies and techniques. (Fall/Spring/Summer).

EDS429 - Family and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (3 cr.)

Provides candidates with theory, general principles, and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among teachers, families, professionals, students, and other stakeholders that lead to outcomes of individual and mutual empowerment. (Spring, Fall). Corequisite: EDS483. Prerequisite: EDS410.

EDS461 - Applied Behavior Management (3 cr.)

Study of management of problem behavior in the classroom. Effects of teacher behavior and teacher attitudes on handicapped students' behavior. Control techniques, case analysis, behavior modification and interviewing techniques. (Fall - Spring). Corequisites: EDS481, EDS482 Prerequisite: EDS410.

EDS481 - Assessment in Special Education (3 cr.)

Administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized educational assessment instruments. Use of assessment data to identify and place students with disabilities, and to develop Individualized Education Programs. (Fall - Spring & Summer). Corequisites: EDS461, EDS482. Prerequisite: EDS410 or equivalent.

EDS482 - Curricular Practices in Special Education (6 cr.)

Competencies in curricular programming for the learners with mild/moderate disabilities in the development, implementation and evaluation of instructional plans. The use of specific techniques and commercial programs as these apply to self-contained, resource and consultative teaching programs at both elementary and secondary levels. (Fall - Spring). Corequisites: EDS461, EDS481 Prerequisite: EDS410.

EDS483 - Special Education Practicum (6 cr.)

Teaching practicum stressing assessing learner instructional needs, designing, delivering, and evaluating instruction for learners with disabilities in school environments. (Spring & Fall). Prerequisites: EDS461, EDS481, EDS482.

EDS499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall).

EDS505 - Literacy for Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (3 cr.)

Aspects of the development of listening, speaking, reading, writing, listening, and viewing and representing visually (media literacy), focusing on diverse learners, students who are at-risk, struggling, or identified as having Exceptional Learning Needs (ELN). Exploration of research-based best practices, assessment, Response to Intervention, materials, and techniques to promote literacy development of students who are at-risk, struggling, or who have ELN. Examination of differentiation of curriculum and instruction in the Language Arts, with a focus on reading. Emphasis on multiple approaches; multi-sensory, phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading as a lifelong pursuit. (Fall/Spring).

EDS506 - Assessment, Evaluation, and Learning (3 cr.)

Candidates will learn to select and implement informal and formal assessment tools, strategies, and procedures for students who are at risk or struggling with content, processes, or products. Candidates will learn to select and implement informal and formal assessment tools, strategies, and procedures. Candidates will study how to interpret and use assessment results to make data-based decisions regarding student performance, instruction, curriculum modifications, and placement. Candidates will also learn effective approaches for communicating assessment results to parents, other professionals and specialists, paraprofessionals, and school administrators. (Fall/Spring).

EDS507 - Prosocial Skills, Positive Behavior Supports B-12 (3 cr.)

Study of techniques to change challenging classroom behaviors both in the academic and social areas. Assessment and analysis of a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the development of a Behavior Improvement Plan (BIP) which includes the identification of antecedent and consequent events. Understand why challenging behavior may occur and long-term strategies to reduce and teach positive alternatives. Provide contextual supports necessary for successful outcomes. Proactive and reactive strategies appropriate for Birth-12. Strengthening the foundation of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), behavior in school and other settings will be developed. (Fall/Spring).

EDS508 - Practicum in Special Education Birth to Grade 2 (6 cr.)

Practicum stresses assessing children's instructional needs; candidates will focus on developing and delivering appropriate lesson plans; designing curriculum; delivering and evaluating instruction for learners with disabilities in school environments. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: BS/MSEd major.

EDS510 - Foundations of Special Education (3 cr.)

This course provides a foundational understanding of the field of special education. The course will examine the characteristics and abilities of students with exceptional learning needs. Teacher candidates will learn to plan and implement differentiated instructional and assessment strategies to engage all students in meaningful learning activities. (Fall/Spring/Summer).

EDS511 - Young Children with Exceptional Learning Needs (3 cr.)

An in-depth look at the philosophy, intervention strategies, service delivery approaches, and professional development for early intervention, preschool and primary grades. Practices and policies appropriate to the needs of infant, preschool children and primary grades with disabilities and/or "at risk" are addressed. (Fall/Spring).

EDS512 - Special Education Capstone (0 cr.)

Members of the special education program faculty strive to make a connective link across the disciplines, place specialties in a larger context, and highlight the student's scholastic efforts in a revealing and meaningful way. The capstone project will provide students with the opportunities to examine the Council for Exceptional Children Advanced Professional Standards and the Teacher Education Unit Claims and connect them to their courses and their practice. (Fall/Spring).

EDS520 - Specific Learning Disabilities/School and Society (3 cr.)

Exploration of the complexities of the field of learning disabilities; study of the sociological, psychological, educational, vocational, familial, and societal aspects of this exceptional condition; study of the precursors of specific learning disabilities and clinical teaching practices. (Spring & Fall).

EDS521 - Intellectual and Low-Incidence Disabilities (3 cr.)

Introduction to the history, philosophy, causation, and service delivery models related to the education/habilitation of individuals with developmental and low-incidence disabilities. This includes intellectual disabilities, blindness, deafness, deaf-blindness, and multiple disabilities. Legal issues, ethical practices, and rights of individuals with disabilities will be examined. (Fall/Spring).

EDS522 - Emotional and Behavior Disorders in School and Society (3 cr.)

Historical, etiological, societal, and psychological nature of behavior disorders, current therapeutic, and educational interventions. Emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches. Problems in the analysis, interpretation, and treatment of disordered behavior will be evaluated. (Fall/Spring).

EDS523 - Advocacy and School Law in Special Education (3 cr.)

An in-depth examination of litigation and educational law (state and federal) that pertain to persons with disabilities. Introduction to the philosophical and historical legacy of advocacy for and by persons with disabilities. Development of skills and techniques required to become an educational advocate for infants, children, and young adults. Topics of discussion focus on defining disabilities, group process, communication skills, and assertiveness. (Spring).

EDS524 - Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 cr.)

Descriptions, definitions, and methods of identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder. The symptoms and assessment instruments or techniques available to alert parents and providers to seek further evaluation by a child study team of the local school district and a developmental pediatrician. Local, state, and national resources for parents and professionals. Current research and debate associated with the perceived causes of the disorders. Learning to work with students on the spectrum through teaching strategies and techniques. (Fall).

EDS525 - Adaptive Technology (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide special education teacher candidates with an introduction to and overview of Assistive Technology (AT) and its application within the context of early intervention and early childhood education programs for children with disabilities. Teacher candidates will have an opportunity to engage in authentic learning experiences related to the assessment, consideration, selection, and use of AT in areas of play, positioning, mobility, communication, learning, and activities of daily living. (Summer).

EDS529 - Family and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (3 cr.)

Provides students with theory, general principles and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among teachers, families, professionals, students and other stakeholders that lead to outcomes of individual and mutual empowerment. (Spring & Fall). Prerequisite: EDS510.

EDS531 - Action Research for Teacher-Researchers (3 cr.)

A conceptual framework for educators in their roles as producers and consumers of research. The basic concepts and principles important to planning and implementing action research are explored with emphasis on how educators conduct research in settings where they work as practitioners. The focus will be on sensitizing educators to caveats and ethical issues by developing abilities to frame, analyze, evaluate, and critique research. (Fall/Spring).

EDS532 - Assessment in Special Education (3 cr.)

Competencies in the basic measurement concepts associated with educational assessment, the administration and scoring of specific norm-referenced instruments for the comprehensive assessment, development and use of authentic assessment; interpretation and utilization of assessment data to guide the process of identifying, classifying, and planning educational interventions for persons with disabilities. Understanding the legal perspectives related to assessment. Understand of the assessor's code of ethics. (Spring, Summer & Fall).

EDS533 - Assessment for Infants and Young Children (3 cr.)

Application of assessment procedures with infants and young children who are at risk for or have developmental disabilities. Administration, scoring, interpretation of norm-referenced instruments across a broad spectrum of developmental (e.g. cognitive, language, motor) skills; use of authentic assessment tools and observation skills; the organization, preparation, and presentation of diagnostic data including educational recommendations. (Spring & Summer). Pre-requisite: EDS530 or equivalent and EDS532 or equivalent.

EDS535 - Theories of Behavior Management (3 cr.)

Theories of behavior change for persons with disabilities. Study of management of problem behavior in the classroom. Effects of teacher behavior and attitudes on students with disabilities behavior. Management strategies, case analysis, behavior modification, and observation techniques will be discussed. Skills necessary for assessing and applying the development of internal locus of control, self-reinforcement impulse control, and adaptive behavior in school and other settings will be developed. (Spring & Fall).

EDS536 - Instructional Practices for Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2 (3 cr.)

Acquisition of knowledge and skills in curricular and instructional programming for children birth to Grade 2 who have been identified as having, or at risk of developing, developmental disabilities or other disabilities. The use of specific instructional techniques and practices as they apply to pre-elementary school levels or early elementary grades to facilitate success in elementary schools. (Summer).

EDS537 - Instructional Practices for Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 (3 cr.)

Instructional and curricular programming for school-age children with mild and moderate disabilities, development of individual programs of instruction, instructional objectives, lesson planning and instructional design, curriculum-based assessment and instruction, data-based decision making, application of research-based teaching strategies. (Fall/Spring/Summer).

EDS539 - Instructional Practices: Grades 7-12 (6 cr.)

Curricular and instructional programming for learners with mild to moderate disabilities in grades 7-12. Development, implementation and evaluation of instructional objectives and teaching plans. Application of criterion-based instructional procedures. Analysis of factors and conditions that facilitate learning. Use of specific instructional techniques and strategies as they apply to content areas and placement options in grades 7-12. (Fall).

EDS541 - Teaching Prosocial Skills to Young Children (3 cr.)

Teaching young children prosocial skills who are at-risk or manifest disabilities. Methods for increasing appropriate interactions with peers and adults. Both proactive and reactive strategies appropriate for young children will be studied. Examination of various models of social skills instruction. Techniques for assessing prosocial skills and applying instruction. The development of internal locus of control, impulse control, and adaptive behavior in preschool and other settings. (Spring & Fall). Prerequisite: EDS511.

EDS543 - Inclusion and Collaboration (3 cr.)

Educational professionals will learn philosophies, strategies, and approaches related to inclusion and collaboration versus mainstreaming, integration and consultation. Students will learn how to plan and implement instructional practices appropriate for all students in an inclusive school community. (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer).

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Alphabetical Listing of Curriculum Descriptions by Course Subject

A

  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST

B

  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS

C

  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI

E

  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP

F

  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX

G

  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER

H

  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF

I

  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA

J

  • Journalism = JOU

L

  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN

M

  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS

N

  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI

P

  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY

R

  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS

S

  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK

T

  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR