Special Education

  • SED SE 760: Special Education: Cognition, Learning, and Behavior
    Designed to develop an understanding of the theories of learning and how these theories have informed the development of instructional and behavior management strategies for students with disabilities. Pre/coreq: SE 706. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 805: Research Work in Special Education
    Doctoral students work with faculty to investigate a specific research topic. Register for a minimum of 2 credits. Variable cr.
  • SED SE 807: Field Experience
    Graduate Prerequisites: Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites.
    Graduate students are involved in field experiences in schools, institutions, clinics, and other human services agencies serving students with disabilities. Students must register for a minimum of 2 credits. 2 cr.
  • SED SE 900: Independent Study
    See SED AP 900 for description. Prereq: Approval of advisor. Complete the online Directed study form. Wheelock Office of Records. Var cr.
  • SED SE 999: Dissertation Advisement
    See SED AP 999 for description. Prereq: Approval of advisor. Complete the online Directed study form. Wheelock Office of Records. Var cr.
  • SED SP 527: Impact of Special Needs: ECE I
    Explores effect of special needs on children birth to age eight. Introduces legislation, rights, services, stereotypes that affect children, families, and communities. Major areas of special needs are examined. Emphasis is on understanding children as individuals with varying performance and rates of development rather than members of a disability group. 3 cr.
  • SED SP 560: Understanding and Managing Behavior
    Explores traditional and current theories and model of managing behavior. Emphasis on analyzing and understanding causes and explanations. Examines approaches for preventing or decreasing undesirable behavior and increasing self-control. 2 cr.
  • SED SP 570: SpEd Assessment for EC Educators
    Develops knowledge and skills for early childhood educators to perform assessment and pre-referral activities to support young children who may have special needs, including culturally/linguistically appropriate developmental assessment and collaboration with families and program teams (RTI, Referral, IFSP, IEP). Introduces analysis, interpretation, critique and communication of assessment results used to identify disabilities. 3 cr.
  • SED SP 575: Strategies, Methods and Assistive Tech in ECE
    Explores strengths-based approaches to help students with special needs access general education curriculum. Students learn to use IEPs to design goals, lessons, accommodation, and modifications to help children be successful in the classroom. Develop and create adapted materials and use assistive technologies to support inclusion in the classrooms. Prerequisite:SPE 527. 3 cr.
  • SED SP 650: Understanding Reading Difficulties
    Takes a critical orientation to examine reading programs, instructional approaches, informal literacy assessments, and factors that influence reading development: decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Explores implications of social, political and cultural contexts on understanding literacy practices. 2 cr.
  • SED SP 685: Democracy and Education
    Provides a social, historical, legal and political context for understanding education practice and policies. Addresses issues of equity, access, civil rights, moral and ethical considerations, rights of students, parents and teachers, and the larger purpose of public education in our democracy. 2 cr.
  • SED SP 710: Assistive Technology
    Introduces Assistive Technology (AT) solutions that can support students with disabilities in fully accessing and progressing in standards-based curriculum activities. Include current laws and IEP considerations. 1 cr.