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Special Education Professional Sequence

Students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses after admission to the program. The professional methods courses and clinical experiences must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters. Class schedules for the professional sequence courses are determined in advance. Courses below are Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RP&SE) listings unless otherwise indicated.

(* Starred courses below may be taken prior to admission to the Special Education program.)

RP&SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities, 3 credits, is a prerequisite for admission to the Special Education program. The course must be completed by the end of the summer of the application year.

First Semester of the Professional Sequence (Fall), 14 credits

*330 Behavioral Analysis: Applications to Persons with Disabilities, 3
*466 Diversity in Special Education, 3
Curric/RP&SE 506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3
464 Diagnosis, Assessment and Instructional Planning in Special Education, 4
402 Methods in Teaching Functional Skills, 1 cr., recommended this semester 

Second Semester of the Professional Sequence (Spring), 17 credits

465 Language and Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities, 4 (Meets Communication B requirement)
Curric/RP&SE 365 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings, 4
Curric 374 General Education Practicum and Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners, 5
473 Management: Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, 3
401 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities, 1 cr., recommended this semester

Third Semester of the Professional Sequence (Fall), 13 credits

477 Special Education Student Teaching: Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence, 10 — Full-day student teaching following the school district calendar
467 Elementary Student Teaching Seminar, 2
403 Promoting Adolescent Literacy for Students with Disabilities, 1 cr., recommended this semester

Fourth Semester of the Professional Sequence (Spring), 16 credits

478 Special Education Student Teaching: Early Adolescence - Adolescence, 10 — Full-day student teaching following the school district calendar)
472 Methods in Transition and Vocational Education, 3
468 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar, 2
404 Methods in Teaching Science & Social Studies for Students with Disabilities, 1 cr., recommended this semester

RP&SE Modules, 4 credits 

Students are required to complete all four of the following one-credit modules after admission to the program. Most students complete one or two modules during each semester of the professional program and a suggested sequence is listed above. Consult with the program advisor for information on when each of the modules will be offered. At least one will be offered each semester.  

401 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities, 1
402 Methods in Teaching Functional Skills, 1
403 Promoting Adolescent Literacy for Students with Disabilities, 1
404 Methods in Teaching Science & Social Studies for Students with Disabilities, 1