Special Education

  • SED AU 535: Autism: Positive Behavior Supports
    Examines effective practices of Positive Behavior Supports for assessing and supporting challenging behaviors of students with ASD and as identified as MGLc71B 3. A function-based intervention plan for reducing challenging behavior is applied, using emerging research to enhance the experiences and outcomes of individuals with ASD and their families. 4 cr.
  • SED SE 250: Disability, Education, and Public Policy
    Students will examine how disabilities impact students, their families, and their educational/community participation; analyze the historical treatment of individuals with disabilities; discuss contemporary ethical issues; learn federal legislation; and develop a foundational understanding of inclusive educational practices. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Ethical Reasoning.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Ethical Reasoning
  • SED SE 251: Special Education and Adolescents
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED ED100
    Students will analyze the impact of disabilities on adolescents, their families, and educational/community participation; learn federal legislation; and, explore behavior management/instructional strategies to ensure that future secondary education teachers will work effectively with all individuals within a diverse student body. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • SED SE 315: Field Experience in Special Education: Severe Disabilities
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED SE250
    Designed to develop skills to observe students with severe disabilities, service delivery models, and instructional and behavior management strategies. Learn to analyze students' learning profiles. 50 hours of fieldwork plus seminar. Prereq: SE 250. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 316: Fieldwork in Special Education: Severe Disabilities
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED SE315
    Through a second pre-practicum fieldwork experience and accompanying seminar, students further develop skills to work with students with severe disabilities, collect data, and plan and implement interventions with support. 50 hours of fieldwork plus seminar. Prereq: SE 315. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 317: Fieldwork in Special Education: Autism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED SE 250
    Designed to support the prepracticum experience (50 hours) working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The seminar includes the presentation of content related to the prepracticum and discussion related to the student's fieldwork experiences. Prereq: SE 250 2cr.
  • SED SE 401: Special Education: Cognition and Learning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED SE250
    Designed to develop an understanding of the various theories of learning that have informed the development of instructional and behavior managements strategies for students with disabilities. Prereq: SE 250 4cr.
  • SED SE 480: Teaching Students with Special Needs
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED LR 501.
    Students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate individualized educational programs for students with moderate disabilities PreK-8. Emphasis on explicit instruction framework, evidence-based practice for teaching core academic skills, and data-driven decision-making.
  • SED SE 493: Practicum in Disabilities Studies
    Through fieldwork experience and accompanying seminar, students develop an understanding of human services agencies for individuals with disabilities, service delivery models, policies, roles and responsibilities, and collaboration. Var cr.
  • SED SE 500: Directed Study
    For description, see SED AP 500. Prereq: Approval of advisor. Complete the online Directed study form. Wheelock Office of Records. Var cr.
  • SED SE 502: Behavioral and Emotional Problems: Characteristics and Methods
    Introduces students to childhood emotional and behavioral disorders. Students will identify questions to ask if they believe a student may have an emotional/behavioral disorder, identify resources within the educational system and the broader mental health system, and discuss evidence-based interventions. 4 cr.
  • SED SE 503: Learning Disabilities: Characteristics and Methods
    Students will develop and demonstrate their knowledge of the etiology of learning disabilities, learner characteristics, diagnostic models, and evidence-based instructional methods. Prereq: SE 250 or SE 706. 4 cr.
  • SED SE 504: An Introduction to Early Childhood Disabilities
    Students acquire and demonstrate their knowledge of the etiology, history, service delivery models, and issues and trends related to young children with disabilities. Prereq: SE 250, SE 706, or permission. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 505: An Introduction to Severe Disabilities
    Student acquire and demonstrate their understanding of the etiology of various severe disabilities, historical background, current service delivery models, and issues and trends in the education of individuals with severe disabilities. Prereq: SE 504 or permission. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 507: Early Childhood Disabilities/Severe Disabilities: Assessment and Instructional Planning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED SE 504; or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED SE 504; or consent of instructor.
    Designed to develop knowledge and skills related to goal-setting, instructional planning, implementation, and evaluation of students with early childhood and severe disabilities. Emphasis on collaboration and cross- cultural competence. Prereq: SE 504/505. 4 cr.
  • SED SE 508: Early Childhood Disabilities/Sever Disabilities: Curriculum and Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED SE 507; or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED SE 507; or consent of instructor.
    Designed to develop knowledge and skills to design curricular content and instructional methods for students with early childhood and severe disabilities. Includes evidence-based strategies in the following areas: communication, motor, sensory, self-care, social, academic, transition, assistive technology, and special health care needs. Prereq: SE 507. 4 cr.
  • SED SE 510: Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction
    Designed to develop an understanding of the historical background and legal framework of special education, various disabilities (etiology, diagnostic criteria and process, and learner characteristics), and instructional practices and behavioral support strategies. For elementary and secondary content area teachers. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 511: Topics in Special Education
    Designed to address a specific topic area related to individuals with disabilities. May address contemporary issues, instructional methodologies, research, or special interest areas. Topic varies each semester. Variable cr.
  • SED SE 512: Special Education: Students with Disabilities and the Law
    Students will develop an understanding of the core concepts of United States public policy related to the provision of special education and related services to students with disabilities. Focus on historical context and legal precedent. Prereq: SE 250 or SE 706. 4cr.
  • SED SE 515: Assessment in Special Education: Procedures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED LR 503 and SED SE 250.
    Designed to develop knowledge and skills related to the assessment of students who are in or being referred to special education. Specific competencies include selecting instruments, administering, scoring, interpreting, and reporting findings. Prereq: SE 250 and LR 503. 2 cr.