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SPED 5003: Characteristics of Children with Exceptionalities

Chronically disabling conditions that occur frequently in children with educational handicaps are reviewed. Emphasis is on early identification and detection of at-risk or failure-to-thrive children.

SPED 5013: Assessment and Design (birth-4th grade)

A study of the theory, materials, methods and instructional techniques applicable to special needs analysis. Also offers a brief examination of experiences during the early childhood education years - birth through fourth grade. This course examines challenged literacy development encompassing writing, reading, and oral language development of young children in the home and school environment.

SPED 5023: Planning Instruction for Children with Exceptionalities

This is a study of current theories and procedures utilized in the development of programs for children with special needs. Focus is on disciplines, strategies, and materials involved with special needs instruction planning and execution.

SPED 5033: Working with Families of Children with Exceptionalities

This course is a brief examination of the impact of children with special needs on the roles within the family. Study will also briefly examine impact of specialized educational programs and their role in aiding and assisting families.

SPED 5043: Supervised Practicum

This class is a supervised participation in an appropriate school, or institution dealing with early childhood exceptionalities, and providing a practical, hands-on application of teaching methods and ideas.

SPED 5053: Planning Instruction for Children with Exceptionalities, 4th ? 12th Grades

Offered: Once per calendar year

This course is a hands-on course in planning for the instruction of children, specifically children in the middle and secondary grades, with disabilities. Actual policies and paperwork mandated by the Arkansas Department of Education will be used in teaching how to develop an individualized plan for a special needs child. The focus is on disciplines, strategies, and materials involved with special needs collaboration, planning, and implementation.

SPED 5063: Supervised Practicum: Grades 4th - 12th

Offered: Once per calendar year

Prerequisites: SPED 5003, SPED 5013, SPED 5053, SPED 5033, EDFD 6053, or advisor approval.

This class is a supervised participation in an appropriate school, or institution dealing with children with exceptionalities, grades 4-12; and providing a practical, hands-on application of teaching methods and ideas.