Approved School Based Electives


SPED 2100-001 Exceptionality in Schools and Society Special Education

An introduction to exceptionality intended for students interested in careers in U.S. schools.  This required teacher education course assists future teachers and school professionals in understanding the nature of disabilities in school and society, as well as the unique needs of gifted learners.  The course examines the impact of exceptionalities on learning and other life outcomes as well as the development of appropriate educational programming.  As exceptional children require differentiation in inclusive classrooms, school professionals have a responsibility to provide effective educational programs for all students. This course, along with EDUC 1100 or EDUC 1511, contributes to preservice teachers’ understanding of learners in American schools.

MDSK 2100 Foundation of Education Secondary School

An introduction to the field of education and teaching at the high school level.  Provides students with an introduction to education including social, historical, and philosophical foundations and also examines current organizational structures of schools, school reforms issues, and the roles and responsibilities of high school teachers.  In addition to the course, a minimum of 12 hours of clinical observation at a high school is required. This course serves as the prerequisite for students seeking the Minor in Secondary Education.

SPED 4111 Issues in Early Intervention for Young Children with Disabilities

Explores issues and evidence-based practices for young children with disabilities and their families in home, school, and community settings.


SPED 5370 Culturally Responsive PBS Special Education

Equips students with the knowledge and skills to access, plan, and evaluate culturally responsive, positive behavioral supports based on students’ Individualized Education Program goals and objectives. Prepares students to design a positive classroom environment, as well as provides individual supports for students with behavioral challenges.

SPED 5300 Lifespan Development Special Education

Topics in special education (SPED) that support concepts and skills for early SPED professionals and others who serve exceptional individuals.  Examines legislation and litigation that govern and/or influence services for exceptional individuals. Various areas of exceptionality are addressed with applications for service delivery and programming.  The course also emphasizes the importance and relevance of diversity in today’s schools. Candidates study student and family transitions from early childhood to post-secondary options.  Identifies services, networks, organizations, and publications that serve or are relevant to exceptional individuals.

EDUC 5100  Diverse Learners Education

Strategies for adapting instruction to meet the learning needs of K-12 students, including students at risk for school failure, individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, gifted learners, and special needs populations. Extensive clinical experience required.

TESL 6204 Multicultural Education Teaching English as 2nd Language

Assists teachers and other school personnel in the development of skills in multicultural curriculum, design and delivery. Examines issues of power, race, class, and privilege that affect the educational success of English Language Learners and other diverse student populations in today’s public schools. Addresses the need to develop instructional practices that infuse critical multicultural education into the curriculum.