Course Descriptions Educational Diagnostics

Master of Science in Education Educational Diagnostics Course Descriptions

Leveling Courses (Credits Do Not Apply to Degree)

SPED 2103 Introduction to Special Education. 3 credit hours. This course surveys the historical development of Special Education, describes funding bases and legal implications, defines exceptionality, delineates service delivery options, and discusses theoretical foundations, curricula, and program models.

SPED 3523 Assessment, Evaluation, Referral, and Placement of the Exceptional Learner. 3 credit hours. Growth and development (social, cultural, physiological) of exceptional learners is discussed; formal and informal assessment is explored; screening, referral, and placement procedures are described; responsibilities of the Educational Appraisal and Review Committee (EARC) are described; and development of individualized Educational Plans (IEP) is discussed. PRE: SPED 2103, SPED 3323, and SPED 3423

Core Course Descriptions

EDU 5203. Learning and Human Development. 3 credit hours. Human life span from conception to death including physical, cognitive, affective, spiritual, career and social development. Emphasizes learning styles and multiple intelligence.

EDU 5513. Culturally Diverse & Special Needs Populations. 3 credit hours. Theory, research, and methodology relative to the needs of multicultural and special student populations. Course includes the use of technology to lessen the gap between program expectations and student achievement.

EDU 5523. Educational Research. 3 credit hours. Statistics and techniques for locating, analyzing, and evaluating educational research. Quantitative and qualitative research design with emphasis on direct application to educational problems and decisions. Must take within first 9 credit hours of graduate work.

EDG 5343 Special Education Law. 3 credit hours. Preparation of professionals through analysis and synthesis of research, legislative issues and court decisions regarding Special Education. Course covers special education law related to education (IDEA, 504, NCLB), assessment, and discipline, as well as current litigation and recent court decisions.

Specialization Course Descriptions

EDG 5103. Career Development and Life Planning. 3 credit hours. Career development theories and systems of career counseling and guidance, decision making, life planning, career education, occupational awareness, career assessment, career reports, computer-assisted programs, and transition plans. Prerequisite(s): EDU 5203.

EDG 5113 Brain-Based Instruction. 3 credit hours. Synthesizes recent brain research relative to practical instructional and learning activities that enhance literacy and intellectual abilities of diverse student populations. Includes brain-friendly classroom accommodations and modifications.

EDG 5203 Diagnostic/Corrective Reading. 3 credit hours. Extends the diagnostic/corrective concept to include all content areas as well as interpretation of diagnostic instruments, concepts, and task analysis.

EDG 5223 Advanced Assessment. 3 credit hours. Principles of assessment, integrating technology into the assessment process and using assessment in instructional decision-making in student, program, and staff development. Includes interpretation of standardized tests and the development of portfolio assessments for students.

EDG 5443 Individual Cognitive Assessment. 3 credit hours. Course is designed to address the aspects of the use of individual appraisal instruments and techniques in educational evaluation of children and youth. Considerations for culturally and linguistically diverse populations will be included. – This course is divided into two (2) parts (each 3 hours): Part A covers test administration, and Part B covers score interpretation and report writing.

EDG 5453 Individual Achievement and Processing Assessment. 3 credit hours. Covers theory and application of administering, scoring, and interpreting testing instruments designed to measure school achievement and processing in psycho-educational evaluations. The selection of reading and math inventories to individualize instruction is included. Special considerations and best practices for testing and assessment of individuals with special needs are addressed. – This course is divided into two (2) parts (each 3 hours): Part A covers test administration, and Part B covers score interpretation and report writing.

EDG 5463 Psycho-Educational Assessment. 3 credit hours. Focuses on report writing with specific recommendations for adjustments in teaching strategies, instructional materials, and classroom management strategies. The use of assessment through observational methods, interviews, and discrepancy models will be covered. Includes administration, scoring, and interpretation of scales designed to assess individual behavior. Best practices and special considerations for testing students of diversity or those with exceptionalities will be incorporated.

EDG 5533 Exceptional Populations in Regular Classrooms. 3 credit hours. Strategies to organize, modify, and supplement curricula; to provide appropriate learning activities on an individual basis, to assess exceptional students in reading and other curricula in the regular classroom.

EDG 5803 Internship in Educational Diagnosticians. 3 credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 240 hours of supervised placement in a school and/or agency setting with a licensed educational diagnostician or licensed school psychologist. Must include the total diagnostician process (i.e., screening, referral, assessment, testing, evaluation, report writing, recommendations, EAR committee leadership, IEPs, and professional communication). PRE: All required courses.

Optional Courses

EDG 5123 High- and Low-Incidence Disability. 3 credit hours. Course prepares Special Education teachers and other personnel to work with students with disabilities. All 13 exceptionalities will be explored and defined so that Special Education teachers and other personnel understand the various learning styles and individual needs presented by these students.

EDG 5473 Educational Diagnostician Process for Exceptional Learners. 3 credit hours. All aspects of diagnosticians responsibilities includes: referral and evaluation processes; IEP and transition assessment and planning; information on exceptionalities; cultural and linguistic considerations; early childhood assessment and programming; cross battery assessment. PRE: All required courses (except EDG 5803) for degree or licensure plan, including leveling courses and prerequisites.