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Field experience

The special education program is heavily based in field experiences illustrating the balance of theory into practice. Field hours for special education are in addition to the required hours for the general education courses.  Some courses have field activities, but the following core special courses have field experiences and hours to fulfill:


SED 312 Introduction to Special Education
Semester hours: 3
Field Experience: 30 clock hours in a classroom with students with learning disabilities. This can be in a resource room, self-contained classroom, or inclusion classroom. Students tutor individual children/youth. Students spend a minimum of 15 hours in a special education classroom and 5 hours in an inclusion setting. 

SED 342 Parent-School Partnership: Special Education
Semester hours: 2
Field experience: 10 clock hours working with a family. Observing the interaction of the family, interviewing the family, and developing a family plan related to the IEP are some of the field activities. This can be MAPS or another family planning model. 

SED 343 Assessment And Evaluation Of Students With Disabilities 
Semester hours: 3
Field Experience: 10 clock hours in face-to-face assessment time in a K-12 school. Six of the hours must be spent in individual assessment and four hours in group assessment. At least one assessment must be from the elementary level and at least one assessment from the secondary level.

SED 349 Special Education in an Urban Setting
Semester hours: 1  
Field Experience: 20 clock hours completing field activities in a special education classroom in an urban setting teaching both small and large group lessons.  This course is taken during the junior year and placements are made directly into classrooms concurrently with EDU 349.

SED 351 Behavior Management
Semester hours:  2
Field Experience: 10 clock hours working closely with the classroom teacher in developing behavior plans for managing individual, small group, or large group behavior in a special education classroom. This course is taken during the junior year concurrently with EDU 351.

EDU 334 Strategies For Teaching Reading In The Elementary School 
Semester hours: 3
Field Experience: 20 clock hours where students will use and apply course materials with K-8 students. Students instruct children in reading using a variety of method and techniques. Students will demonstrate their understanding of strategies for creating interactive, child-centered classrooms that facilitate the construction of meaning from a literacy perspective. 
 
EDU 335: Strategies For Teaching Reading Through The Content Areas In The Secondary School
Semester hours: 3
Field Experience: 20 clock hours where students will use and  apply course materials with secondary level students. Using the content areas, the university student will instruct the student in reading skills. A variety of content areas will be used. The student will use materials appropriate for age and reading level.

SED 344 Early Childhood and Special Education
Semester Hours: 3
Field Experience: Twenty hours of field experience in a special needs or inclusion program is required.During the field hours observation and interactions occur in a one-on-one manner. A case study is then developed based on the experience.

Field Experiences Specific to the Learning Disabilities Program:


SED 334: Strategies For Teaching Reading to Students with Learning Disabilities 
Semester hours: 1
Field experience: 10 clock hours teaching reading to students identified with a learning disability. Students teach individual students and small groups in reading skills. This course is taken concurrently with EDU 335 or EDU 334.

SED 361 Introduction to Learning Disabilities
Semester hours: 3
Field Experience: 30 clock hours observing, tutoring and instructing of children with learning disabilities in a classroom setting. The instruction must be for a minimum of five consecutive lessons in each of three skill areas, i.e. math, reading, written expression. Lessons plans are to be approved by the cooperating teacher before lessons begin.

SED 362 Methods And Strategies For Teaching Children With Learning Disabilities
Semester hours: 4
Field Experience: 30 clock hours in a learning disabilities setting. If the field experience in SED 361 Introduction to Learning Disabilities course was in an elementary setting, the field experience in this methods course must be either a middle grades or secondary setting. After being assigned a group of students, the candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate 5 sequential lessons in two skill areas and one social skill or one study skill area. The lessons may be designed for individual, small group or large group. The cooperating teacher must approve the lessons prior to teaching.

Field Experiences Specific to the Cognitive Impairment Program:


SED381 Nature And Need For Individuals Cognitive Impaired
Semester hours: 3
Field Experience: 30 clock hours observing, tutoring and instructing of children with learning disabilities in a classroom setting. The instruction must be for a minimum of five consecutive lessons in each of three skill areas, i.e. math, reading, written expression. Lessons plans are to be approved by the cooperating teacher before lessons begin.
 
SED382 Methods And Strategies For Teaching Individuals With Mild Cognitive
Impairment
Semester hours: 2
Field Experience: 20 clock hours in a setting for students with mild cognitive impairment. If the field experience in SED381 Nature And Need For Individuals Cognitive Impaired course was in an elementary setting, the field experience in this methods course must be either a middle grades or secondary setting. After being assigned a group of students, the candidate will develop, implement and evaluate 5 sequential lessons in two skill areas and one social skill or one daily living skills skill area. The lessons may be designed for individual or small group. The cooperating teacher must approve the lessons prior to teaching. 
 
SED383 Methods And Strategies For Teaching Individuals With Mild Cognitive
Impairment
Semester hours: 2
Field Experience: 20 clock hours in a setting for students with mild cognitive impairment. After being assigned a group of students, the candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate 5 sequential lessons in two skill areas in two different domains. The lessons may be designed for individual or small group. The cooperating teacher must approve the lessons prior to teaching. 

SED385 Strategies For Fundamental Reading and Functional Reading
Semester hours: 2
Field experience: 15 clock hours teaching reading to students identified with a cognitive impairment. Students teach individual students and small groups in reading skills related to functional living and functional living. 

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