About the courses

See the Catalog for full course descriptions, but here's an overview.

Fall (4 credits)

ED 677

Special Education Alternative Licensure I
This class will cover topics related to special education. It will address what is special education, federal disabilities, IEP development, identification process, collaboration strategies and more. Teaching the core classes of reading, writing, and math to students with disabilities including strategies and interventions will be studied. A field-based practicum is required to implement and use information from course work.

Module 1: Introduction to Special Education

  • What is special education?
  • What are the federal disabilities?
  • Legalities around special education and IEP’s
  • Identification process for special education
  • IEP development
  • Stakeholders and conducting a meeting

Getting the Classroom Ready:

  • Legal necessities of the classroom
  • Accommodations and modifications for students in the classroom
  • Collaboration strategies with colleagues

Module 2: Teaching the Core Classes


  • Reading Disabilities
  • Six components of Reading
  • Reading Interventions


  • Disabilities in the written language
  • The writing process
  • Writing interventions


  • Mathematical disabilities
  • Mathematical processes and components
  • Math interventions

Specific Learning Disabilities:

  • Characteristics
  • Interventions
  • Strategies
  • Case Study

Spring (4 credits)

ED 678

Special Education Alternative Licensure II
This course will cover theories and best practices of designing instruction and behavior plans for students with disabilities, culturally linguistically appropriate strategies, and family/professional relationships with special populations. We will engage in activities/assignments around the ideals, strategies/interventions, and issues of special education. The class will look at behavior, culturally linguistically diverse students, classroom design/lesson planning, creating active and engaged learners, obligations of special educators, and family/professional relationships. This class contains a field-based practicum where you are expected to implement and use information gained from class.

Module 3: Behavior

Behavioral Interventions:

  • Theories of behavior management
  • Documentation of Behavior
  • Positive Behavior Instructional Supports (PBIS)
  • Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)
  • Manifestation meetings


  • Characteristics
  • Interventions
  • Sensory Strategies
  • Case Study

Module 4: Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD)


  • Characteristics of CLD students
  • Understanding unique needs
  • SIOP/Interventions/Strategies
  • Using culture and family for learning
  • Case study

Module 5: Classroom Design

Lesson Development:

  • Universal Design for Learners
  • Standards aligned lesson planning based on unique needs
  • Backwards design of lessons and assessments based on unique needs
  • Progress monitoring and goal adjustment
  • Creating inclusive lesson plans

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Differentiation
  • Collaboration
  • Other Service Providers
  • Case study of student with health issues (OHI, 504, TBI, Physical Disability, etc)

Module 6: Creating Active Participants

Competent Learners:

  • Student self-assessment
  • Student self-advocacy
  • Goal setting and transition planning
  • Understanding of unique needs

Expectations as a teacher

  • Advocate for people with disabilities
  • Collaborator
  • Understanding developmental needs of students
  • Sharing of talents through educating others
  • Staying current of issues in special education

Module 7: Family/Professional Relationships

  • Family and cultural values
  • Working with paraprofessionals
  • Other professional specialists (OT,PT, SLP)