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EDEX: Education of Exceptional Persons

Department of Special Education and Clinical Services

College of Education and Educational Technology

EDEX 509 Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners 3 cr.

Participants will explore issues of excellence and equity in gifted education; examine the unique characteristics of gifted learners; become oriented to the differentiation process; explore predispositions and behaviors of effective gifted teachers; and become acquainted with specific strategies for meeting the learning needs of gifted students.

EDEX 515 Preschool Education for Children with Disabilities 3 cr.

Provides information on assessment, intervention strategies, curriculum, and prescriptive planning for preschool children with disabilities. Serves as a course for departmental majors who are specifically interested in early childhood education, as an elective for other interested students in related fields, and as a priority course for Early Childhood Education majors. Prerequisite: Certification or EDEX 650 or EDEX 111 or EDEX 300.

EDEX 558/* Transition for Youth with Disabilities 3 cr.

Develops competencies in the skills necessary to help students with disabilities make a successful transition from school to adult life. Transition service elements are, at a minimum, postsecondary education and training, employment, and community living. For students with disabilities, successful outcomes require self-determination and other personal-social characteristics that must be identified and supported by the transition team throughout the entire transition planning process.

EDEX 560 Family Perspectives on Disability 3 cr.

Intended for any major who will work with families and youth with disabilities. By understanding families as competent and resourceful systems, students examine critically ways to collaborate effectively with family members. This course focuses on legal and philosophical bases for supporting families in making important decisions affecting the education and care of their children. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

EDEX 569/* Education of Persons with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, or Brain Injury 3 cr.

Focuses on major theoretical positions regarding etiology of emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and brain injury; definition and identification of the populations; and educational approaches. The course will review research in the field, including current issues, trends, educational practices, and services. Throughout the course, a variety of instructional approaches (e.g., cooperative learning, simulations, role-playing) will be used to facilitate acquisition of new knowledge and skills. Students are expected to develop presentations using Internet resources and PowerPoint format. Prerequisite: Certification or EDEX 650 or EDEX 111 or EDEX 300. This course is designed to meet teacher certification requirements.

EDEX 578/* Education of Persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and Physical/Multiple Disabilities 3 cr.

Focus on major theoretical positions regarding etiology of mental retardation, developmental disabilities, a wide and diverse range of physical/multiple disabilities, and other health impairments. Definitions, population characteristics, and educational approaches are discussed. Reviews research in the field, including current issues, trends, practices, and services. Prerequisite: Certification or EDEX 650 or EDEX 111 or EDEX 300. This course is designed to meet teacher certification requirements.

EDEX 581 Special Topics

EDEX 590 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

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EDEX 591 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. May focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. May be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. Offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.

EDEX 599 Independent Study in Special Education 1-3 cr.

Individual students develop research studies in consultation with a faculty member. Departmental consent required.

EDEX 621: Models of Teaching for Gifted Learners 3 cr.

Designed to provide graduate students with an understanding of the unique teaching models best suited for gifted students and to build upon their knowledge of instructional strategies. The course also explores a framework for facilitating gifted students’ individualized efforts, teaching the key steps of the exploratory process, and identifying the optimal options for self-reflective and summative evaluations.

EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3 cr.

Surveys characteristics, definition/identification, and service delivery models for children and youth with disabilities or who are gifted/talented. Considers state and federal policies governing special education program service delivery, as well as the legal rights of individuals with disabilities.

EDEX 681/781 Special Topics 3 cr.

EDEX 752 Assessment of Persons with Disabilities 3 cr.

Provides students with an understanding of the diagnostic tools and techniques used to evaluate students with disabilities. Examines formal and informal assessment measures used in the diagnosis and remediation of educational problems. Emphasizes those skills expected of a special education teacher as a member of a multi/interdisciplinary team.

EDEX 753/853 Research Seminar in Special Education 3 cr.

Provides enrollees with opportunities to focus on current research in special education. Focus of research may change each term in accordance with preferences of instructor and students. Emphasizes critical analysis of research, classroom applications of that research, and implications for future research.

EDEX 754 Advanced Instructional Design in Special Education 3 cr.

Emphasizes effective instructional approaches appropriate for the education of students with mild to profound disabilities. Considers educational priorities and effective teaching practices in developing and evaluating individualized, integrated interventions.

EDEX 755 Professional Collaboration and Team Building for Special Educators 3 cr.

Focuses on strategies for collaborating with families, regular and special educators, paraprofessionals, and other service providers in the school and community.

EDEX 781 Special Topics 3 cr.

EDEX 785 Practicum and Internship 3-9 cr.

Offers advanced students guided practicum experiences in selected schools, residential institutions, clinics, or agencies. Internships or supervised student teaching planned individually. Students analyze, evaluate, and report on their experiences.

EDEX 795 Thesis 3 cr.

*Indicates dual-listed class

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