Undergraduate Level Coursework

Special Education (SPLED)

SPLED 395W Observing in Exceptional Settings (3) Observations of exceptional persons and techniques used by their teachers in a variety of settings, e.g., school, day care, vocational.
Effective: Summer 1997
Prerequisite: EDPSY 101. PA Act 34 clearance required. In addition non-Pennsylvania residents must provide evidence of an FBI background information check. (Forms: 228 Chambers)   Concurrent: SPLED 425

SPLED 400 Teaching Exceptional Students in General Education Settings (3) Educational rights, characteristics, identification procedures, and instructional practices for exceptional students with prereferral and mainstreaming as an emphasis. Not open to Special Education majors.
Effective: Summer 1994
Prerequisite: EDPSY 014  

SPLED 401 Motivating Exceptional Learners (4) Group and individual techniques to promote student task engagement and prosocial behavior.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: or concurrent: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 395W  

SPLED 404 Working with Families and Professionals in Special Education (3) Strategies for productive interactions between special educators and others such as colleagues, employers, parents, service providers, professionals, and students.
Effective: Spring 1997
Prerequisite: or concurrent: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 425  

SPLED 409A Fundamental Literacy Skills for Students with Special Needs (3) Effective reading curriculum and teaching methods to teach students with special needs.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better required in SPLED 425, SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 412, SPLED 454, SPLED 495E   Concurrent: SPLED 495G

SPLED 409B Writing and Content Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3) Effective curriculum and materials for teaching writing and content literacy to students with special needs.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 425, SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 409A, SPLED 412, SPLED 454, SPLED 495E   Concurrent: SPLED 495G

SPLED 409C Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3) Research-based practices for teaching mathematics skills to students with special needs.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 425, SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 409A, SPLED 412, SPLED 454, SPLED 495E   Concurrent: SPLED 495G

SPLED 411 Intervention for Students with Severe Disabilities (3) Assessment, teaching strategies, curricula, materials, and assistive techniques for use with individuals having severe disabilities (mental and physical).
Effective: Spring 1997
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 425   Concurrent: a grade of C or better in SPLED 495E

SPLED 412 Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (4) Appropriate teaching strategies, curriculum sequences, and materials selection and evaluation for children with mild special needs.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 425, SPLED 454   Concurrent: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 454

SPLED 415 Early Special Education (3-4) Includes early identification methods, assessment, curricula, parent involvement, and program evaluation for exceptional preschoolers in mainstreamed or segregated settings.
Effective: Summer 1994
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in the following courses C & S 401 or SPLED 454 ; a course in child development  

SPLED 418 Technologies for Persons with Disabilities (2) Sensory aids, communication systems, computer systems, expert systems, simulations, and other technologies for students who are academically or physically challenged.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: SPLED 400 or SPLED 425 

SPLED 419 Assistive Technology for General Education Teachers (2-3) Strategies to support use of assistive technologies by students with disabilities in general education classrooms. 
Prerequisite: SPLED 400, SPLED 403A, or SPLED 403B

SPLED 425 Foundations of Special Education, Etiologies, Law, and Implications for Practice (4) An introduction to exceptional individuals being served in special education programs across the life span.
Prerequisite: declaration of major or minor in Special Education. 

SPLED 454 Assessment for Instruction (4) Orientation to evaluation of special students with emphasis on the creation, use, and interpretation of teacher-made assessment procedures.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in EDPSY 101   Concurrent: a grade of C or better in SPLED 412

SPLED 461 Autism: Issues and Concerns (1) Overview of issues, characteristics, and evidenced-based assessment strategies, and approaches for individuals with autism/PDD.
Effective: Summer 2006

SPLED 462 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (4) Basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and empiricism. Emphasis will be given to ABA principles in educational settings.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: SPLED 461  

SPLED 463 Communication and Social Competence (3) Overview of deficits and strategies in speech, language, and communication across the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: SPLED 461  

SPLED 464 Assessment and Curriculum (3) Overview of screening, diagnosis, and identification of skills in developmental domains and curricula for individuals with autism.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: SPLED 461

SPLED 495E Experience with Exceptional Children (3) Supervised activities with exceptional children in a variety of possible settings, e.g., schools, institutions, day care centers, vocational settings.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 425, SPLED 454 . PA Act 34 clearance required. In addition non-Pennsylvania residents must provide evidence of an FBI background information check. (Forms: 228 Chambers)   Concurrent: a grade of C or better in SPLED 411 SPLED 412

SPLED 495F Practicum in Special Education (15) Teaching experience with mildly/moderately disabled children in age appropriate settings, e.g., infant/preschools, schools, vocational/job sites.
Effective: Summer 1997
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 495G. PA Act 34 clearance required. In addition non-Pennsylvania residents must provide evidence of an FBI background information check. (Forms: 228 Chambers)  

SPLED 495G Experience with an Integrated Inclusion Classroom (4) Supervised teaching in integrated general classrooms with activities in assessment, diagnosis, and direct intervention with students in need or with disabilities.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 425, SPLED 395W, SPLED 401, SPLED 412, SPLED 454, SPLED 495E. PA Act 34 clearance required. In addition non-Pennsylvania residents must provide evidence of an FBI background information check (Forms: 228 Chambers).   Concurrent: a grade of C or better required in SPLED 409

SPLED 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1990

SPLED 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1990 

SPLED 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1992