University of Houston-Victoria



Special Education (SPED)

SPED 6105:    Special Education Internship

Cr. 1.  Prerequisite(s): Approval by Program Coordinator
Supervised instructional internship in schools.  May be repeated as needed.

SPED 6300:     Selected Topics in Special Education

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Approval of advisor and school dean.

SPED 6302:     Independent Study

Cr. 3 per semester or more than 3 by concurrent enrollment.  Prerequisite(s):  Approval of advisor and school dean.

SPED 6304:     Practicum in Teaching Exceptional Children

Cr. 3. Prerequisite(s): 6 s.h. of special education and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. with advisor approval.
Supervised teaching in specialized area designed to provide professional development for teachers-in-service. Seminar meetings to evaluate work in progress.

SPED 6305:    Educational Diagnostician Practicum

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Approval of advisor.
Supervised field experience with administering and interpreting assessments for students with disabilities in the public schools.  Seminar meetings to evaluate work in progress.

SPED 6321:     Introduction to Special Education

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Survey of disabilities; federal and state mandates; transition; eligibility requirements; and, procedures for creating the optimal conditions for students with disabilities at appropriate developmental levels.

SPED 6322:    Educational Appraisal and Programming

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
A workshop experience in current educational appraisal and programming activities, which
 influence the education of individuals with disabilities.

SPED 6324:     On-the-Job Application and Demonstrations

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): SPED 6322.
A workshop experience that provides on-the-job training on a one-to-one or small group basis with individuals with disabilities. Demonstration teaching is provided.

SPED 6325:    Applied Behavior Analysis

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  SPED 6331.  
Principles and techniques of behavior analysis and behavior change with incorporated field based experiences.

SPED 6326:    Programming and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  
The collaborative process of developing and implementing an IEP and transition plan for students with disabilities through functional analysis and educational assessment, methods and foundations.

SPED 6327:    Appraisal, Instructional Coaching and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Appraisal using permanent products, direct observation, informal and curriculum-based assessments and interpretation of formal assessments.  Emphasis on collaboration and instructional coaching with school, family and community.

SPED 6331:     Behavioral Assessment and Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Analysis of conceptual models and issues surrounding children with emotional and behavioral disorders in the public schools.  Legal guidelines, functional assessments and behavior intervention are reviewed with field basesd experiences.

SPED 6332:    Principles of Behavior for the Educator

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Overview of Principles of Behavior including history, philosophy and conceptual framework of applied behavior analysis. In depth examination of principles of behavior applied to working with individuals with disabilities.

SPED 6334:    Diagnostic Teaching, Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies

Cr. 3. (3-3-0)
Strategies, assistive technology, and materials for students based on formal and informal assessment with emphasis on reading, math, functional living skills and community based instruction.

SPED 6335:    Ethical and Professional Conduct for the Applied Behavior Analyst

Cr. 3. (3-3-0)
Survey of guidelines, and disciplinary and ethical standards for responsible conduct for the Behavior Analyst.  Students will evaluate various ethics scenarios from Applied Behavior Analysis..

SPED 6336:    Behavior Applications; Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Review of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Focus on applied     
behavior analysis techniques as they apply to teaching and working with children and     
adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.

SPED 6337:    Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Cr. 3. (3-3-0)
Overview and analysis of teaching practices for students with ASD.  Teaching methods based on applied behavior analysis, structured teaching, developmental and experiential approaches will be discussed.

SPED 6338:      Behavior Intervention Procedures for Educators            

Cr. 3. (3-). Prerequisite(s): SPED 6332                                        |
Principles and concepts of behavior change and applied behavior analysis techniques.               
Measurement of behavior, procedures to establish new behavior, and increase decrease behavior will be taught.

SPED 6339:    Communication Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Cr. 3. (3-3-0)
Survey of language development and verbal and non-verbal communication in student with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Augmentative and alternative communication interventions will be discussed.

SPED 6343:    Transitions for Students with Disabilities

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Survey of issues in transitions from home to pre-kindergarten; kindergarten to primary school; primary to secondary school; and secondary school to independent adult life.

SPED 6344:    Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  SPED 6345
Review, administration and interpretation of achievement, reading, math, written oral language, perceptual motor and adaptive behavior tests used in educational settings.

SPED 6345:    Intellectual Assessment

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  
Administration and Interpretation of standardized intellectual tests, including nonverbal and early childhood instruments used in public schools; report writing and application of special education law.  (Replaces PSYC 6336 for Education plans.)