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500. Human Exceptionality (3) Historical, philosophical, and legal aspects of special education that affect identification and programming for diverse learners with exceptionalities. Characteristics of individuals with special needs and implications for adapting living and learning environments. Meets special education mainstreaming requirement for all basic teaching credentials.

501. Typical and Atypical Learning Processes (3) Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent registration in Special Education 500; concurrent registration in Special Education 502.Theory, research, and processes in learning in relation to individuals with disabilities. Foundations of learning, evelopment, and intervention.

502. Field Experiences in General and Special Education (1) Three hours of observation/ participation per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Special Education 501. Observation and participation in general and special education
classrooms and related school activities for students with disabilities

505. Educational Services for Students with Serious Emotional Disturbance (1) Prerequisites: Admission to credential program. Educational needs and services for students with serious emotional disturbance. Classroom interventions and procedures.

524. Characteristics and Education of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 500. Historical and philosophical perspectives of programs related to students with mild/moderate disabilities. Research on ducational programs, curricular approaches, and characteristics.

525. Characteristics and Education of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 500. Historical and philosophical perspectives of programs related to students with moderate/severe disabilities. Research on educational programs, curricular approaches, and characteristics with emphasis on services in context of school reform.

526. Characteristics and Education of Students with Physical, Health, and Sensory Impairments (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 500. Historical and philosophical perspectives, characteristics, needs, and supports for individuals with physical, health, and sensory impairments in educational, home, and community settings. Implications of health concerns for programming.

527. Special Education in a Pluralistic Society (3) Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in Special Education

528. Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 500.
Characteristics, needs, and educational programs and services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and
their families. Legislative requirements, models of service delivery, recommended practices, and family diversity.

534. Classroom Assessment of Students with Mild/ Moderate Disabilities (3) Prerequisite: Admission to credential program. Classroom assessment in general and special education for students with mild/moderate disabilities. Curriculum-based data collection strategies. Influences of cultural and linguistic diversity, and implications for curricular and instructional adaptations. 

553. Behavioral Strategies and Supports for Students with Disabilities (3) Prerequisites: Special Education 500 and 501. Positive behavioral supports for students with disabilities in general and special education settings. Current theories and programs in functional assessment and behavioral change. Applications in educational and community environments with diverse students.

560. Applications of Technology for Individuals with Disabilities (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 500.
Educational applications of current technologies for learners with disabilities. Selection, modification, and classroom use of
technologies to improve or bypass physical, sensory, communicative, learning, and social limitations.

570. Individualized Special Education Program Plans (1) Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Special Education 980. Components of individualized education program plans, individualized family service plans, and individualized transition
plans. Goals, objectives, and outcomes for program planning. Legal and ethical considerations.

596. Selected Topics in Special Education (1-4) Specialized study of selected topics in special education. May be offered as either a workshop or lecture/discussion. See Class Schedule for specific content. Maximum credit of six units of 596
applicable to a master's degree. Maximum combined credit of six units of 596 and 696 applicable to a 30-unit master's degree.

Graduate Courses

605. Advanced Behavioral and Health Supports (1) Prerequisite: Admission to Clear Education Specialist Credential or M.A. program in special education or related area. Advanced approaches to dealing with behavioral crises and health issues in classroom, to include working with mental health specialists and school nurses.

635. Assessment: Early Childhood Special Education and Moderate/Severe Disabilities (3) Prerequisite: Admission to credential program. Models of assessment emphasizing observation and interviewing, performance-based approaches, transdisciplinary teaming, family-professional collaboration, and adaptations for specific disabilities, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Communicating and using assessment data for individualized program planning.

643. Educational Programs and Services for Young Children with Disabilities (3) Prerequisite: Admission to credential program and concurrent registration in approved fieldwork. Developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and services for young children with disabilities. Selecting and adapting curriculum and instructional approaches, collaborating with families from diverse cultural/linguistic backgrounds, and monitoring program effectiveness. Both Special Education 643A and 643B required. Maximum credit six units. A. Preschoolers B. Infants/Toddlers

644. Working with Gifted and Talented Students and Their Families (3) Research-based instructional strategies to promote higher level and creative thinking; counseling approaches; services to families; issues in differentiating learning experiences.

645. Issues in Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Severe Handicaps (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 525. Design and implementation issues of instructional programs for students with severe handicaps; approaches which foster school and community integration and active family involvement will be analyzed.

647. Special Education Adaptations of Basic Skills Instruction (3) Prerequisites: Admission to credential program and concurrent registration in Special Education 970. Adaptations in curriculum and instruction in language development, reading, language arts, and mathematics for students with disabilities. Current research and practices related to linguistic, cultural, and ability differences.

648. Advanced Special Education Adaptations (3) Prerequisites: Special Education 647 and concurrent registration in Special Education 980. Advanced adaptations in curriculum and instruction in content areas, study skills, organizational strategies, and social and transition skills. English-as-a-second language approaches for students with disabilities. Research and practices related to linguistic...

650. Special Topics in Special Education (1-4) Prerequisites: Special Education 500, 501. Instructional sequences (mini-courses) focusing on a single topic or competency dealing with special education. Topics differ each semester to adjust to current literature in the field, training needs, and resource availability. Maximum combined credit of nine units for Special Education 650A, 650B, 650C, 650D applicable to a master's degree.

651. Legislation, Leadership, and Management for Special Education Services (3) Prerequisite: Admission to Clear Education Specialist Credential or M.A. program in special education or related area. Implementation of laws, regulations, and compliance requirements in special education. Leadership approaches for managing school related services within a multidisciplinary context.

653. Advanced Instruction, Collaboration, and Consultation in Special Education (3) Prerequisites: Admission to Clear Education Specialist Credential or M.A. program in special education or related area. Advanced instruction, collaboration, consultation skills, and strategies for working with students, teachers, paraprofessionals, school personnel, other service providers, parents, and representatives from the community.

662. Communication and Collaboration in Special Education (1) Prerequisite: Admission to credential program and credit or concurrent registration in Special Education 980. Communication and collaboration skills for working with teachers and other professionals, paraprofessionals, parents, and representatives from the community. Listening and questioning techniques, interpersonal processes, family systems and needs, conflict resolution, decision-making models, and team functions.

681. Advanced Studies in Special Education (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 524 or 525 or 528. Educational theories, philosophies, research findings, issues and trends in area of exceptionality. Application of research to solution of educational problems. May be taken in each area of exceptionality: A. Mild/Moderate Disabilities B. Moderate/Severe Disabilities and Early Childhood C. Developing Gifted Potential

685. Single Case Research Design (3) Prerequisite: Special Education 553. Single-case research designs focused on interventions with individuals with disabilities.

771. Directed Internship: Special Education (1-4) Cr/NC Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser. Application to be made during previous semester. Extensive daily participation or teaching in public schools and preparation for teaching of exceptional individuals. May be repeated with new content. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master's degree.

798. Special Study (1-6) Cr/NC/SP Prerequisite: Consent of staff; to be arranged with department chair and instructor. Individual study. May involve fieldwork. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master's degree.

970. Practicum: Students with Disabilities in General and Special Education (4) Cr/NC Fifteen hours of observation/participation per week. Prerequisites: Special Education 502 and consent of credential adviser. Participation in general and special education programs for students with disabilities; supervised by a special educator. Integration and application of skills and knowledge gained in credential coursework. May be repeated in other specialties. Maximum credit four units applicable to each credential program. A. Mild/Moderate Disabilities B. Moderate/Severe Disabilities C. Physical/Health Impairments D. ECSE: Infant/Preschool

975. Professional Development Planning in Special Education (1) Prerequisite: Completion of Preliminary credential in special education. Planning for professional development including demonstration of implementation of policies and practices appropriate for providing services to students with disabilities.

980. Advanced Practicum in Special Education (1-12) Cr/NC Prerequisite: Consent of credential adviser. Culminating practicum for Education Specialist Credential (Preliminary). Participation supervised by a special educator. May be repeated in other specialties. Maximum credit 12 units. A. Mild/Moderate Disabilities B. Moderate/Severe Disabilities C. Physical/Health Impairments D. ECSE: Infant/Preschool