Core Courses

EDU 6304. Interpreting Educational Research
This course teaches educators how to understand and critically evaluate educational research.  Topics include research design, ethics, sampling, measurement, reliability and validity, statistics, and both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  Sustained attention is given to the practical application of research findings in educational settings.

EDU 6315. Diverse Learners
This course introduces students to different teaching approaches that help create equal educational opportunities for students from diverse racial, ethnic, social-class, and cultural groups. The course will provide strategies to make teaching more effective in increasingly diverse schools. Some sections of this course require Spanish proficiency.

General Requirement Courses

EDU 6356. Foundations of Special Education
This course focuses on educational policies, laws, and practices associated with education for individuals with disabilities.  Topics cover the range of perspectives underlying school-based delivery of educational services. 

EDU 6357. Assessment for Special Educators
This course focuses on current educational assessment practices associated with instruction for school-age individuals with disabilities. Participants will learn to prepare, interpret, and discuss formative and summative assessments.

EDU 6358. Instructional Interventions for Math
This course will equip teachers addressing the needs of students with exceptionalities in grades K-12 to teach mathematics skills in diverse classroom settings for a variety of learners. 

EDU 6359. Collaboration with Families and Colleagues
This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective collaboration with school-based personnel supporting the learning and social needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. 

EDU 6360. Behavioral Interventions in the Classroom
This course provides participants the principles of classroom management, both proactive and reactive, within the context of special education.

EDU 6361. Applied Research in Special Education 
The course content will focus on using data to guide individualized and intensive intervention for students receiving special education services due to severe and persistent learning and behavioral difficulties.

EDU 6363. Late Literacy Acquisition
Examines the evidence-based principles of literacy development and learning in intermediate, middle, and secondary grade reading and writing instruction (grades 3-12). Focuses on the theory, research base, and practitioner application of procedures for designing, implementing, adapting, and evaluating literacy instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Prerequisite for Reading Specialist Preparation Program: EDU 6364 and 6367.

EDU 6364. Early Literacy Acquisition I
The first of two courses that provides an in-depth examination of early literacy acquisition based on the latest research evidence. Provides teachers with knowledge essential to effectively teaching literacy to students with varying needs who are at the kindergarten to second grade developmental levels. Scientific theory about cognitive and literacy development is integrated with a deep understanding of the structure of language and applied to specific methods for teaching early literacy to students in K-2. Requires practicum experiences.

EDU 6367. Early Literacy Acquisition II
The second of two courses that provides teachers with knowledge essential to teaching literacy to students with varying needs who are at the kindergarten through second grade developmental levels. Requires practicum experiences. Prerequisite: EDU 6364.

EDU 63XX. Instructional Strategies for Intensive Intervention
This course will teach educators instructional and intervention techniques used to teach struggling readers.  Teachers will learn how to use task analysis, data based instruction, direct instruction, and other techniques across content areas in a differentiated classroom to ensure every student masters the content.