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SPECIAL EDUCATION (ESPE)

Upper Division

515. Language and Literacy for Children Under Five With Special Needs
An intensive study of early literacy and language skills including English as a second language, typical and atypical development, assessment, instruction, and guidelines as it relates to infants, toddlers, and young children who may be at-risk. (4 units)
523. Mainstreaming Handicapped Individuals in the Elementary Classroom
Introduction to the adaptation of curriculum, methods and materials necessary for accommodating exceptional individuals in the regular elementary classroom. (2 units)
530. Introduction to Special Education
Characteristics and educational implications of physical, intellectual, social and emotional deviations among exceptional individuals. Ethical and legal aspects of special education. Observations in educational settings. (4 units)
531. Methods and Procedures in Special Education
Introductory teaching methods in special education. Policies and procedures related to the implementation of federal and state legislation governing the delivery of special education services. Formerly ESPE 529. Prerequisite/corequisite: ESPE 530. (4 units)
532. Introduction to Teaching Individuals with Exceptional Needs
Learning characteristics of individuals with handicaps related to educational procedures and intervention strategies. Study and observation of education and intervention theory and practices. Prerequisite: ESPE 530 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
538. Introduction to Teaching the Gifted and Talented
Definition, characteristics and development of the gifted and talented individual. Identification procedures. Current legislation and educational practices. Eight hours of class and activities weekly. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)
539. Programs for Teaching the Gifted and Talented
Development of school programs for gifted and talented: identification, objectives, scheduling, curriculum, materials and program assessment. Prerequisites: ESPE 538 and consent of instructor. (4 units)
540. Strategies for Remedial Teaching
Methods of diagnosing needs, teaching basic subjects; organizing curriculum, and controlling behavior of low achieving students in the regular elementary classroom. (4 units)
542. Seminar in Special Education
Intensive study of topics and problems in education. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes and with consent of instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. (1-4 units)
545. Computer Technology and Assistive Devices
Review of, and training in, computer technology and assistive devices that provide solutions to problems in educational and employment environments faced by persons with disabilities. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Graded A,B,C/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (3 units)
570. Teaching Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom
Advanced study of special populations in the mainstream classroom for general educators. Teachers will display knowledge, skills and strategies for teaching students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Demonstrates the ability to create a positive inclusive climate for individualized assessment and instruction for students with special needs and/or abilities utilizing grade appropriate State adopted standards, collaborative professional relationships, and an understanding of local and federal acts regarding special education. Observations in educational settings are required. Course may be offered on-line. (4 units)

Graduate/Postbaccalaureate

May not be taken by undergraduate students.
610. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Characteristics of the autism spectrum and related developmental disabilities; implications for education and treatment. Practicum in approved settings is required. Prerequisites: ESPE 530 and 531 and admission to the Special Education program; or admission to the Autism Added Authorization program and concurrent enrollment in ESPE 623A. (4 units)
611. Assessment Methods in Special Education
Data collection methods for eligibility for special education services, program planning, and program evaluation in the areas of academics, language, and social-emotional. Formerly ESPE 637. Prerequisites: ESPE 530 and 531; admission to the Special Education Program. (4 units)
612. Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
Strategies for managing diverse special education classroom and service delivery settings. Planning and implementing positive behavior support and maintaining a supportive learning environment. Practicum in approved settings is required. Formerly ESPE 624. Prerequisites: ESPE 530 and 531; admission to the Special Education Program. (4 units)
613. Curriculum and Methods in Literacy Learning for Students with Disabilities
Differentiated teaching methods and specialized assessment in literacy learning for students with special needs, including English learners. Practicum in approved settings required. Formerly ESPE 655. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, and 611, and admission to the Special Education program. (4 units)
614. Curriculum and Methods for Diverse Learners with Disabilities
Specialized assessment, instructional planning and teaching methods for English language acquisition. Consideration given to cultural characteristics of students, cultural transmission, and acculturation. Practicum in approved settings required. Formerly ESPE 660. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, and 611, and admission to the Special Education program. (4 units)
620. Supervised Student Teaching in Special Education I
Supervised full time student teaching in a special education setting at a public school designated by topic area. Experiences in general education, grade/age levels, federal disability categories, and the continuum of services outlined by the credential authorization will be documented. Apply for admission to Supervision one quarter in advance of enrollment. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: classified admission to the Special Education credential program.
  1. Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Formerly ESPE 609A. Prerequisites/corequisites: ESPE 642 (for Preliminary credential candidates); ESPE 530, 531, 611 and 612, EELB 315 or 423 (for Level I credential candidates) (8 units)
  2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Formerly ESPE 609C. Prerequisites/corequisites: ESPE 662 (for Preliminary credential candidates); ESPE 530, 531, 611 and 612, EELB 315 or 423 (for Level I credential candidates) (8 units)
  3. Early Childhood Special Education. Formerly ESPE 609D. Prerequisite/corequisite: ESPE 672. (8 units)
621. Supervised Student Teaching in Special Education II
Supervised full time student teaching in a special education setting at a public school designated by topic area. Grade/age level experience must be different from the first supervised student teaching experience. Experiences in general education, federal disability categories, and the continuum of services outlined by the credential authorization will be documented. Transition plan for induction will be developed. Admission to Supervision as a student teacher required; apply for Supervision one quarter in advance of enrollment. Graded credit/no credit.
  1. Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Formerly ESPE 679A. Prerequisites: grade of credit in ESPE 620A; completion of required credential coursework in the same quarter. Prerequisite/corequisite: ESPE 643 (for Preliminary credential candidates); ESPE 613 (for Level I credential candidates.) (8 units)
  2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Formerly ESPE 679C. Prerequisites: grade of credit in ESPE 620B; completion of required credential coursework in the same quarter. Prerequisite/corequisite: ESPE 663 (for Preliminary credential candidates); ESPE 662 (for Level I credential candidates.) (8 units)
  3. Early Childhood Special Education. Formerly ESPE 679F. Prerequisites: grade of credit in ESPE 620C; completion of required credential coursework in the same quarter. Prerequisite/corequisite: ESPE 673. (8 units)
622. Intern Teaching: Special Education
Full time teaching on an Education Specialist Internship credential in a special education public school setting designated by credential authorization. Must be repeated with a grade of Credit during each quarter of the internship program until completion of the credential objective for a minimum of 24 units. Graded credit/no credit.
  1. Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Formerly ESPE 680A. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Specialist Internship Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities; consent of intern coordinator. (8 units)
  2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Formerly ESPE 680B. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Specialist Internship Credential: Moderate/Severe Disabilities; consent of intern coordinator. (8 units)
  3. Early Childhood Special Education. Formerly ESPE 680C. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Specialist Internship Credential: Early Childhood Special Education; consent of intern coordinator. (8 units)
623. Education Specialist Added Authorization Practicum
Observation and participation in selected programs for exceptional individuals required in addition to weekly seminars. Implementation of strategies and methods learned in corequisite coursework. Must be repeated for credit each quarter required in the designated Added Authorization program. Prerequisite: admission to the designated Education Specialist Added Authorization program.
  1. Autism Spectrum Disorders I. Corequisite: ESPE 610. (4 units)
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorders II. Prerequisites: a grade of "B-" or better in ESPE 610 and 623A. Corequisite: ESPE 627. (4 units)
  3. Early Childhood Special Education I. Corequisite: ESPE 672. (4 units)
  4. Early Childhood Special Education II. Prerequisites: grade of "B-" or better in ESPE 672 and 623C. Corequisite: ESPE 673. (4 units)
625. Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education
Competencies and skills for collaborative and consultative roles to develop partnerships with students, professionals, paraprofessionals, families, and community service personnel. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, 611, and 612, and admission to the Special Education program. (4 units)
626. Curriculum Development for Individuals with Physical Handicaps
Strategies and implications for teaching physically handicapped children and youth in mainstream and special education settings. (4 units)
627. Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Evidence base for methods used in educational settings for students in early childhood through grade 12 with autism spectrum disorders. Planning, implementing, and evaluating methods to teach social, language, behavioral, and learning skills. Practicum in approved settings is required. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, 610, 611, and 612, and admission to the Special Education program; or ESPE 610 and 623A, admission to the Autism Added Authorization program, and concurrent enrollment in ESPE 623B. (4 units)
630. Topics in Research in Teaching and Learning
Survey of current research in teaching and learning. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
  1. Gifted and Talented (4 units)
  2. Special Education (4 units)
633. Reflective Inquiry Seminar and Induction Plan
Initial professional Level I course for the special education credential. Designed to culminate the content completed in Level I courses and to establish the induction plan; the concluding activity is the Individualized Induction Plan (IIP). The IIP is completed in collaboration with student, university, and local education agency. Twenty hours of fieldwork required. Prerequisites: completion of Level I requirements and consent of program coordinator. (4 units)
635. Effective Communication with Professionals and Families
Develop effective communication skills to foster an atmosphere of collaboration among professionals and families, to support quality programs for students with disabilities. Models for collaboration and consultation will be explored. Prerequisites: Level I Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential and ESPE 633. (4 units)
642. Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities I
Methods and differentiated instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities including learning disabilities, language development, and data based decision-making. Prerequisites: ESPE 610, 611, 612, 613, and 614. (4 units)
643. Methods in Mild/Moderate Disabilities II
Strategies, methods, and materials as well as curriculum modification in subject matter content areas for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Prerequisite: ESPE 642. (4 units)
644. Problems in Educational Assessment
Teacher-made tests, standardized tests and other published instruments of use in assessing growth in the affective, psychomotor and cognitive domains. (4 units)
646. The Resource Specialist in Special Education
Development and evaluation of consultation and coordination procedures for the special education resource specialist. Prerequisites: ESPE 630B and special education specialist credential or consent of instructor. (4 units)
649. Curriculum and Methods in Special Education: Secondary Transition and Career/Vocational Preparation
Methods, materials and strategies for facilitating career, vocational and adult skills development in learners with disabilities. Interfacing with agencies and other support providers in the transition from secondary programs to adult life. Prerequisites: Level I Preliminary Education Specialist Credential and ESPE 633. (4 units)
652. Applied Curricular Strategies for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Principles of systematic instruction to community-based instruction, functional academics, language training, and social skills training. Application of computer and other technology to learners with severe handicaps. A 20-hour practicum will be required. Prerequisites: Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential: Moderate/Severe and ESPE 633. (4 units)
653. Seminar on Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Advanced seminar designed to study current issues and empirical research findings relating to the education of students with moderate and severe disabilities. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, 611, 612, 651, and 652. (4 units)
656. Curriculum and Methods in Special Education: Core Subjects
Methods, materials and strategies for designated subject areas with particular emphasis on adapting and modifying curriculum from general education frameworks for students with mild/moderate special needs. Prerequisite: Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate. (4 units)
657. Seminar on Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Synthesis and application of information on assessment, instruction, development and delivery of quality instruction, providing instruction and appropriate support for use in regular education settings. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, 611, 612, 613 and 656. (4 units)
662. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities I
Characteristics of students with moderate to severe disabilities and their implications for education; assessments for positive behavior support, instructional planning and progress monitoring; evidence-based instructional strategies for communication, social skills, and the core curriculum. Formerly ESPE 651. Prerequisites: ESPE 610 and 611. (4 units)
663. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities II
Movement, sensory, and specialized healthcare needs; augmented and alternative communication methods; transition planning and implementation strategies; case management for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Prerequisite: ESPE 662. (4 units)
672. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education I
Contemporary theoretical, philosophical, legal, and empirical influences in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. Screening and assessment of development and behavior for program development and instructional planning. Consideration of the rights and roles of the family, the needs of children with low incidence disabilities, and English learners in assessment and planning. Formerly ESPE 650. Prerequisites: ESPE 610, 611, and 612 and admission to the Special Education program; or admission to the Early Childhood Special Education Added authorization program and concurrent enrollment in ESPE 623C. (4 units)
673. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education II
Intervention and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of students between the ages of birth and six years with disabilities (including children at risk and with low incidence disabilities). Special consideration of family concerns and priorities, models of service delivery, collaboration, and supportive learning environments. Formerly ESPE 665. Prerequisites: ESPE 610, 611, and 612 and admission to the Special Education program; or admission to the Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization program and concurrent enrollment in ESPE 623D. (4 units)
685. Advanced Behavior Management
Advanced techniques for teaching students with serious problem behaviors including crisis management and other interventions derived from psychodynamic, psychoeducational, behavioral, cognitive and social learning theory. Field study experience required. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 611, 620, 635, 640, 679A, 679C, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
691. Issues and Trends in Special Education
Specialized in-depth study of selected topics in special education. Field study experience included. Prerequisites: ESPE 530, 531, 611, and 612.
  • A. Current Issues (4 units)
  • B. Collaboration and Consultation (4 units)
  • C. Early Childhood (4 units)
  • D. Instructional Technologies (4 units)
  • E. Administration (4 units)
  • F. Historical (4 units)
  • G. Special Populations (4 units)
  • H. Transition (4 units)
  • J. Post Secondary (4 units)
694. Special Education Leadership Evaluation and Outcomes
Presentation of the Professional Development Portfolio demonstrating that the candidate has met the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Standards for a Clear Professional Specialist Credential. Prerequisites: California Preliminary Specialist Credential in the same credential area, completion of Level I coursework, or completion of program requirements for the Mild to Moderate Intern Program, and consent of the Program Director. Eligibility: students who developed an induction plan and have implemented that plan for a minimum of 18 months are eligible. The Individual Induction Plan, Professional Development Portfolio, and non-University activities will be evaluated. May be repeated for credit by students in the Mild to Moderate Disabilities Intern Program and by candidates seeking an additional authorization. Candidates who participated in an approved Induction Program and/or seeking a first Specialist Credential should take ESPE 694. (4 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. (0 units)

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