Course Descriptions

Special Education Courses

Course Descriptions

ESE 400 Introduction to Special Education (3-2-4). Prerequsites or Corequisites: EDB 200, EDB 301 and EDB 302. This is an introduction to the profession of special education with information regarding the characteristics of persons with the various disabilities included in IDEA. Students learn historical and legal issues regarding special education; to identify, plan, and implement a variety of instructional strategies; and information on the concepts of Praxis II and of the profession. Includes 50 hours observation and field experience.Return to top

ESE 402 Introduction to Individuals with Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (3-2-4). Prerequisites: EDB 200, EDB 301, EDB 302, and ESE 400.It includes 30 hour service learning experience.  It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with mild/moderate educational needs. Return to top

ESE 403 Introduction to Individuals with Moderate/Severe Educational Needs (3-2-4). Prerequisites: EDB 200, EDB 301, EDB 302, and ESE 400. This course involves the examination of the learning and behavioral characteristics of individuals with moderate and severe disabilities from birth through adulthood, and the exploration of implications for a comprehensive service delivery system and trends in best practices, both current and historical. It includes 30 hour service learning experience. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with moderate/intensive educational needs. Return to top

ESE 404 Teaching Students of Varying Abilities (3-0-3). Prerequisites or Corequisites: EDB 200, EDB 301, and EDB 302 (except for Music Education students). This course is a survey of educational issues related to serving individuals with disabilities as well as those considered to be gifted and talented. It includes an introduction to the characteristics, etiology, classification, incidence, and learning potential of students with special needs, as well as the legal aspects involved in teaching these students. It addresses methods for accommodating learners of varied ability within the general classroom through alteration of the environment, curriculum, and instruction. It is required for Middle Childhood and Adolescent/Young Adult licensures. Return to top

ESE 410 Diagnostic Assessment and Multifactored Evaluation for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities (2-0-2). Prerequisite: ESE 400. Students  acquire competencies associated with norm and criterion-referenced assessment and understand the conditions under which assessments should be planned and conducted. Students also  gain competency with the interpretation and analysis of assessment information. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with moderate/intensive educational needs. Return to top

ESE 411 Classroom Management and Intervention for Severe Behavior Problems (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESE 400. The course includes approaches to classroom management that foster productive social interactions and are most compatible with instructional goals. It also examines the characteristics and causes of various severe behavior problems and research-based techniques for intervention. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with mild/moderate and moderate/intensive educational needs. Return to top

ESE 412 Collaboration and Partnerships Among Parents and Professionals in Special Education (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESE 400. This course highlights research and productive strategies for establishing successful collaborative relationships with parents of children with disabilities, paraprofessionals, and other professionals along with co-teaching skills. It fosters sensitivity to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse families. Emphasis is placed on collaboration and partnerships with other professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents as team members designing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate educational experiences for persons with disabilities. It is required for all Intervention Specialist licenses in special education. Return to top

ESE 413 Supporting Medical and Intensive Educational Needs (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESE 403. This is an overview of medical disabilities and the educational implications for children with medical- and/or health-care needs. It covers analysis of strategies for cross-disciplinary assessment, planning, technology use, and program implementation, including such disciplines as physical, occupational, and speech therapy; psychology; and other health-related fields. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with moderate/intensive educational needs. Return to top

ESE 415 Assessing Young Children (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ECE 300 (for Early Childhood students), ECE 403. This course provides a basic understanding of the components of developmental screening, child assessment, child identification, and program evaluation for children "at-risk" and those with disabilities from birth through age 8. Assessment and evaluation focus on child and family variables. Construction of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are stressed. Required for Early Childhood licensure. Return to top

ESE 416 Life Skills and Career Planning in Special Education (2-0-2). Prerequisite: ESE 402. This is the study of appropriate curriculum, instructional techniques, methods, and materials for the development of vocational, career, and functional living skills in students with mild/moderate disabilities. It addresses planning for the transition from secondary education to work, postsecondary education, and community involvement. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with mild/moderate educational needs. Return to top

ESE 419 Life Skills Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESE 403. The course involves the exploration of issues related to assessment, functional curriculum theory, Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, choice of teaching objectives, use of technology, and procedures for implementation of quality functional programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities or emotional disturbance. Topics include task analysis, prompting procedures, classroom structure, and monitoring of ongoing progress. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with moderate/intensive educational needs. Return to top

ESE 420 Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction to Meet the Academic and Behavioral Needs of Students with Moderate/Severe Educational Needs (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESE 403. This is an exploration of issues related to assessment, curriculum theory, Individualized Education Program development, and academic and behavioral approaches for individuals with emotional disturbance or multiple disabilities. Emphasis is placed on teaching academic skills, and social and emotional behaviors. It is required for licensure as an Intervention Specialist for students with moderate/intensive educational needs. Return to top

ESE 421 Assessment for Instructional Needs (3-2-4). Prerequisite: ESE 402. The focus of this course is the administration and interpretation of formal and informal assessment tools for students with mild/moderate disabilities. The course emphasizes the direct link between assessment and the design of appropriate instruction. Course assignments require students to make decisions in selecting and administering assessments as well as developing appropriate educational plans for children with disabilities based on assessment outcomes. Clinical or field experience is required. Return to top

ESE 422 Assessment-Based Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3-2-4). Prerequisites: ESE 402, and ESE 421. The focus of this course is on the development and utilization of appropriate assessment-based curriculum and instruction for individuals with mild/moderate educational needs. Participants in this course will develop an understanding of the relationships among assessment issues, learning environments and instructional practices employed in learning environments for students with disabilities. Clinical or field experience is required. Return to top

ESE 423 Introduction to Individuals with Autism (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESE 400 recommended. Exploration of characteristics of individuals (birth through adulthood) with autism, along with their varying needs for intervention and educational services. Examination of historical and current issues and trends related to the treatment of autism. Return to top

ESE 424 Curriculum and Instruction for Young Children with Autism (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESE 423, ESE 411. Examination of developmentally and individually appropriate approaches to early intervention as well as preschool and the primary grades for young children with autism. The course content includes general and individualized (e.g., IFSP and IEP) curricular issues, intervention strategies, and instructional approaches. Return to top

ESE 425 Curriculum and Instruction for School-Age Children and Adolescents with Autism (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESE 423, ESE 411. Study of appropriate curriculum, instructional techniques, methods, and materials for the development of academic, vocational, and functional living skills in school-age children and adolescents with autism. Addresses planning for the transition from secondary education to work, postsecondary education, and community involvement. Return to top


Please see also the following EST courses required for licensure for Intervention Specialists for students mild to moderate or moderate to intensive educational needs:

  • EST 377 Practicum in Special Education: Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialists
  • EST 378 Practicum in Special Education: Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialists
  • EST 487 Student Teaching for Mild/Intervention Specialists
  • EST 488 Student Teaching for Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialists

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