Masters of Science in Education

Courses

Pre-Requisites

EDUC-K 500 Intro to Special Education for Secondary Students (3 cr)

This course provides and introductory overview to the field of special education.  Topics include: the history and evolution of special education; laws governing the field; the 13 exceptionalities under the special education umbrella, their unique characteristics, and the frequency with which they occur; the process of identifying students; response to intervention (RTI); universal design for learning (UDL); an overview of least restrictive environments (LRE) at the secondary level; the components of an individualized education plan (IEP); transition planning for young adults; the importance of person-first language; and an introduction to the critical disability studies perspective.

Required pre-requisite for secondary teachers only, unless transcripts show equivalent undergraduate coursework.  Not counted as part of the minor.

EDUC-K 505 Intro to Special Education for Elementary Students (3 cr)

This course provides and introductory overview to the field of special education.  Topics include: the history and evolution of special education; laws governing the field; the 13 exceptionalities under the special education umbrella, their unique characteristics, and the frequency with which they occur; the process of identifying students; response to intervention (RTI); universal design for learning (UDL); an overview of least restrictive environments (LRE) at the elementary level; the components of an individualized education plan (IEP); early childhood programs; the importance of person-first language; and an introduction to the critical disability studies perspective.

Required pre-requisite for elementary teachers only, unless transcripts show equivalent undergraduate coursework.  Not counted as part of the minor.

Coursework for Minor

EDUC-K 510 Assistive Technology in Special Education (2 cr)

This course is designed to provide an overview of various types of assistive technology which can benefit students with disabilities. How to best match students’ needs with assistive technology and how to provide assistive technology as an accommodation in students’ IEPs will also be investigated.

EDUC-K 520 Survey of Behavior Disorders (3 cr)

This course is designed to promote understanding of appropriate curricula, procedures, and materials for use with students who have been identified as socially or emotionally disturbed.  The following topics will be addressed: how to develop and maintain a productive and proactive classroom environment; how to teach student discipline, self-control, conflict resolution and other self-management skills; how to manage and prevent crisis behavior; and how to develop and implement behavior intervention and management plans in classroom programs and in cooperation with parents, teachers and other personnel.

EDUC-K 525 Survey of Mild Handicaps (3 cr)

This course is designed to provide educators with a wealth of methods for adapting, accommodating and modifying classroom instruction for students with special needs.  In specific assignments will focus on the differences between adaptations, accommodations and modifications as well as their applications in classrooms and in standardized testing situations.  How to document accommodations, adaptations and modifications in students’ IEPs, designing instruction with students’ strengths in mind, and utilizing Gardner’s multiple intelligences will also be explored.

EDUC-K 563 Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Disabilities (3 cr)

This course is designed to promote understanding of what constitutes a learning disability, how classroom teachers can accommodate, adapt and modify assignments to meet the needs of students with special needs, and what the presence of a learning disability means for identified students, their families, and their teachers.  Causes of learning disabilities, the development of students with learning disabilities, assessment of learning disabilities, and planning appropriate instruction and behavior interventions for students with learning disabilities will be addressed.

EDUC-K 565 Collaboration and Service Delivery (2 cr)

This course is designed to strengthen educators’ understanding of team teaching or co-teaching by exploring various models of team approaches.  Of specific focus will be the variety of inclusion models which can be implemented in the classroom along with the drawbacks and benefits of each.

Required Coursework for Adding Mild Intervention to Teaching License

Teachers planning to add this to their license must complete extra coursework, a practicum and a field experience.  The total graduate credit hours for adding mild intervention to a teaching license are 18.  Upon completion of the coursework and practicum/field experience, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to take the required licensure exam through the Indiana Department of Education.

EDUC-F 500 Independent Study (3 cr)

Students will work with the special education faculty to design and implement a research-based classroom experience where they focus on applying research-based instructional strategies to smaller groups or single student needs.

EDUC-K 595 (Practicum in Special Education (2 cr)

Students will complete a lab/field experience where graduate coursework will be applied in a classroom setting.  This will be arranged in consultation with the special education faculty at IU East.