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WI Cross-categorical Special Education 801

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Wisconsin Cross-Categorical Special Education License #801


All courses are offered entirely online

EDUC 613 Introduction to Individual Education Assessment (3 credits)
Assessment serves as a cornerstone of special education, both in terms of eligibility and instructional planning.  This course will focus on the wide array of assessment methods available for identifying students with disabilities and evaluating their responsiveness to instruction, including norm-referenced tests, criterion-referenced assessment tasks, curriculum-based assessments and measurements, and dynamic assessment.  Speech/language development, delays, and disorders will also be addressed in this course.

EDUC 614 Advanced Individual Education Assessment (3 credits)
The process of creating an individual education plan (IEP) for a student is the foundation for compliance with IDEA.  A well-written IEP utilizes a team of individuals to address the student’s needs and address each of the goals through clearly stated objectives.  This includes assessment practices, cultural and linguistic differences, individual motivation differences, neuropsychological differences, instructional arrangements to accommodate learning differences, and core components of effective literacy instruction.  Students will apply the information learned in the alignment of assessment and curriculum and instructional strategies through a case-study and IEP approach.  Students will learn about the balance between the need for students success in an inclusive environment with his/her need for specialized curriculum.

EDUC 619 Collaboration and Transition: The School and the Community (3 credits)
This course explores the activities inside and outside of school which develop collaborative problem solving in special education.  It provides an overview of IDEA requirements for students on the Autism Spectrum, and roles and responsibilities of families in the educational process.  Transition is the process to identify desired outcomes after high school and to plan for transition and achievement of those goals.  If the “end” we have in mind is “educated employees” then the transition planning is the “beginning.”  It establishes the education course for middle and secondary students with disabilities that leads to access to adult services, post-secondary education, and the world of work.

EDUC 621- Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Practices (3 credits) 
This course is designed to provide teachers and other practitioners with a foundational knowledge in classroom management, and behavioral intervention for mild/moderate behavioral challenges. It will also provide knowledge of behavioral technologies to support classroom teaching with diverse students, including those with special needs. Students will learn about prevention and intervention strategies, as required by RTI. Students will understand and utilize behavioral assessments and will acquire resources for identifying and successfully intervening with problematic behavior.

EDUC 626 Inclusive Classroom Strategies (3 credits)
In this inclusion course, students will be introduced to exceptional individuals and investigate instructional practices that can be used in general education classrooms to improve academic performance of students with learning difficulties and disabilities.  The course will focus on subjects of science, social studies, literacy, and mathematics.  Students will learn about educating learners in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and the continuum of alternative placements (CAP); in addition, students will learn to utilize differentiated instruction (DI) as a means to meet the needs of all individuals in a classroom by making the learning appropriate for all.


EMPHASIS COURSES
Students will select an area of emphasis (LD, CD, EBD) and complete one of the courses below:

EDUC 627 Teaching Students with Cognitive Disabilities (4 credits)
In this methods course, students will plan instruction for learners with cognitive disabilities.  Course content will include assessment, instruction and instructional design, establishment and maintenance of case records, the use of assessment data to design goals and objectives, and information needed in the development of individualized Education Plans (EP) and curriculum and instruction to accommodate diverse student needs.  A practicum experience is built into the course.

EDUC 629 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (4 credits)
In this methods course, students will plan instruction for learners with learning disabilities.  Course content will include assessment, instruction and instructional design, establishment and maintenance of case records, the use of assessment data to design goals and objectives, and information needed in the development of individualized Education Plans (EP) and curriculum and instruction to accommodate diverse student needs.  A practicum experience is built into the course.

EDUC 631 Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (4 credits)
In this methods course, students will plan instruction for learners with emotional/behavioral disorders.  Course content will include assessment, instruction and instructional design, establishment and maintenance of case records, the use of assessment data to design goals and objectives, and information needed in the development of individualized Education Plans (EP) and curriculum and instruction to accommodate diverse student needs.  A practicum experience is built into the course.


Currently Enrolled Students:
Current students enrolled under previous program requirements will receive an Individualized Learning Plan in order to complete the course requirements within the 19 credit program. Contact the Program Specialist regarding an Individualized Learning Plan.


Current graduate tuition: 
$325 per credit for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Apply to the Reading 316 Program: click on the "Apply Now" tab on the left of this page. All students who intend to register for courses must complete the application prior to registering for courses.

Register for Courses:  All students intending to complete courses in the fall must complete the Course Registration Form and return to Jeannette Armstrong at the address below.

Course Registration Form:  click here to download the Course Registration Form.
Course Schedule 2014-2015:  click here to download the Course Schedule (pdf)

For information regarding the Cross-categorical Special Education Program, contact: