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Language Development and Disorders | EDF 7023
Course introduces the candidate to the nature and structure of language, current theories of language, normal first and second language development, language disorders, multicultural issues in language assessmet, and contemporary classroom management of language deficits. Topics are examined from an educational perspective to enhance the teacher's knowledge of language and to facilitate classroom management of language deficits exhibited by exceptional children in grades PreK-12.
Special Education Service Coordination | EDF 7033
Course focuses on the praxtices and problems associated with the development, monitoring, and organization of multiple school based special education services. Course addresses how to link evaluation results to writing the Multidisciplinary report and the IEP, as well as exploring the differences in using the Individual Family Service Plan for early childhood settings. Emphasis placed on collaborative relationships within the school community and the development of consultation and communication skills.
Exceptional Children from Diverse Communities | EDF 7043
Focus of course is to explore the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity in communication, learning, and behavior. Special emphasis on the contrast between what is considered normal language/learning development in the presence of culturally and linguistically diverse special needs PreK-12 students. Other topics include differentiating instruction and lesson planning based on individual needs with a focus on adaptation, accommodation, and modification.
Research: Assessment and Evaluation | EDF 7163
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.
Master's Research Project | EDF 8503
Prepare major culminating scholarly project directly relevant to the program of study. Approved project proposal required.