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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
SPED 421
Clin Pract-Mod, Sev, Mult Dis
This practicum places preservice teachers into field settings involving people with moderate, severe, and/or multiple disabilities who will use an individualized independence curriculum. Preservice teachers will implement basic instructional sequenc,es utilizing behavioral objectives, matching instruction with learner and goal characteristics, identifying appropriate instructional strategies, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. Prerequisite: SPED 320, 360, 380, 381. Must be taken,concurrently with SPED 420.|
SPED 422
Special Educ Class Admin
In addition to mastering instructional strategies and curricular content, today's special education teachers are required to be knowledgeable about various theories, policies and procedures necessary for the complex daily administration of the specia,l education program. Competencies included in this course will be: adapting the classroom environment to meet the physical, academic and emotional needs of students; classroom management techniques; development of the IEP, behavior and transition pl,ans; and collaboration with other professionals, paraprofessionals and parents. Prerequisite: SPED 320, 360, 380, 381 and must receive a C or better in SPED 462.|
SPED 423
Sped Block
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SPED 426
Clin Prac For High Inc Disab
This practicum places teacher candidates into field settings involving people with high incidence disabilities who use an individualized curriculum. Teacher candidates will match instruction with learner, goal, and curriculum characteristics; identi,fy and implement appropriate instructional strategies aned sequences; and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Prerequisites: SPED 128, 129, 245, 380, 462, 482. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 5/444. Fall and Spring, every year.|
SPED 427
Clin Prac For Low Inc Disab
This practicum places teacher candidates into field settings involving people with low incidence disabilities who use an individualized independence curriculum. Teacher candidates will match instruction with learner, goal, and curriculum characterist,ics; identify and implement appropriate instructional strategies and sequences; and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Prerequisites: SPED 128, 129, 245, 380, 462, 482. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 5/446. Fall and Spring, every ye,ar.|
SPED 428
Assistive Technology
Students will learn how to assess assistive technology requirements for people with disabilities, make low tech devices, and install and operate computer hardware and software applications in a laboratory experience. Prerquisites: SPED 128, 129, 245,, 381, 462, 482 and students must receive a C or better in SPED 462..|
SPED 432
Specific Learning Disabilities
Focuses on the nature of specific learning disabilities. Includes history, definition, characteristics, assessment, strategies, and tactics of instruction and/or remediation, vocational implications and federal and state laws and regulations in rega,rd to the individual who is learning disabled. Prerequistes: SPED 245 and SPED 350|
SPED 435
In Dev Strat Gift
Develops the capacity of the educator to plan, develop, deliver, and evaluate programs that will help the gifted and talented realize their individual and collective potential. Prerequisite: SPED 110 or teaching certificate.|
SPED 440
In Dev Str Cultur
A study of the process of individualizing instruction for children who are not members of the dominant culture and whose cultural membership significantly influences the educational process and school performance. Involves designing basic instruction,al sequences, selecting and matching media with learner and goal characteristics, identifying culture-appropriate instructional strategies, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. Summer only, on demand.|
SPED 441
Tch Stu w/ Disabilities In Sec
This course will prepare educators with the skills and knowledge to deliver and support instruction to students with disabilities in secondary classroom settings. Prerequisite: SPED 418.|
SPED 442
Diff Inst In Inclusive Setting
This course focuses on planning, designing, and delivering differentiated instruction to an increasingly diverse general education population, including students with disabilities, students who are gifted, students at risk, and students with cultural, differences. Prerequisite: SPED 418.|
SPED 443
Prev & Trmt Acad & Learning
This course will review the practice of prevention and intervention in dealing with students who are academically deficient, including, response-to-intervention, scientifically-based instruction, and the teacher, learner, curriculum interface. Prere,quisite: SPED 418.|
SPED 444
Meth For Ind w/ High Inc Disb
This course is about individualizing instruction for students with mild and moderate disabilities. It involves designing basic instructional sequences, utilizing behavioral objectives, matching technology, learner and goal characteristics, identifyi,ng appropriate instructional strategies, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. Prerequisite: SPED 128, 129, 245, 380, 462 and 482. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 416 and students must receive a C or better in SPED 462. Fall and,Spring, every year.|
SPED 446
Meth For Ind Low Inc Disab
Focuses on individualizing instruction for individuals with low incidence disorders. Includes designing basic instructional sequences, utilizing behavioral objectives, technology, learner and goal characteristics, identifying appropriate instruction,al strategies, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. Prerequisites: Sped 128, 129, 245, 380, 462, 482. To be taken concurrently with SPED 427 and students must receive a C or better in SPED 462. Fall and Spring, every year.|
SPED 450
Student Teaching
Observation and participation in teaching students with disabilities and in activities related to the performance of a teacher's work. Prerequisites: SPED 411 must receive a C or better, 415, 416, 420, 421, 422.|
SPED 455
Professional Seminar
Examines problems, practices, and regulations attending student teaching professional experiences. Coordinates the student teaching program with the educational objectives of the student teaching centers. Examines Pennsylvania school laws relevant to, the work of the beginning special educator. Includes practical interpretations of professional ethics and the functions of professional organizations. Limited to student teachers. Each semester.|
SPED 462
Educational Assessment
Assists students in acquiring knowledge and skills needed for decision-making regarding individuals with disabilities or suspected disabilities, and apply these skills in case studies. Prerequisites: SPED 128, SPED 129, SPED 245. Each semester.|
SPED 475
Augmentative & Altern Comm
Introduces the student to various augmentative/alternative communication systems prevalent in the field. Current and comprehensive information relative to type of disorder. Disgnosis and treatment discussed. Emphasizes the application of unique crite,ria in diagnostic and the administration of competent and flexible management strategies in rehabilitation. Fall, annually.|
SPED 482
Special Mathematics Instruct
Provides students with specific data-based strategies to teach mathematics to students with disabilities. Prerequisites: SPED 128, 129, 245, MATH 111.|
SPED 492
Special Mathematics Instr II
This course builds upon the content of Special Mathematics by providing students with mechanisms to deliver standards-based mathematics instruction to adolescents with disabilities. Prerequisite: SPED 482 or permission of instructor.|
SPED 499
Independent Study
Provides students with an opportunity to explore an area of special needs or interest in special education in-depth under the supervision of a faculty member of the department. Students must develop a proposed study plan and secure the approval of th,e department chair prior to registration. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.|
SPED 500
Contemp Issues
Participants engage in problem-centered analyses and investigations, and in determination of responses relative to the contemporary issues confronting special education.|
SPED 501
Found For Lit Inst Excep Read
Students will be provided an historical perspective concerning the teaching of reading and the relationships between psychological, sociological, and linguistic processes and how these influence reading and writing development.|
SPED 502
Curr Des & Mat Tch Excep Read
This course examines the theory and practices of curriculum development and related issues in teaching reading to learners with exceptionalities. In addition it covers issues related to children's literature.|
SPED 503
Ed Assess For Excep Readers
In this course, students are taught the concepts, knowledge, and competencies required for specialized formal and informal reading assessment, interpretation, and diagnosis for grades pre-K to 12. Prerequistie: SPED 462|
SPED 504
Tch Emergent & Dev Excep Read
This course is designed to provide students with research-based techniques and strategies that are required to promote the growth from emergent to conventional reading, writing, and literacy concepts for children with disabilities. Prerequisite: SP,ED 501|
SPED 505
Concepts Of Intel
Participants engage in an extensive study of the nature of cognition, traditional and contemporary, with emphasis on the development of a paradigm having relevance to the educational process.|
SPED 506
Tch Excep Adol w/Reading Prob
This course will prepare teacher candidates to address the challenges presented in the curriculum area of reading for secondary students with high incidence disabilities. Specifically, content addressed in this course include classroom reading asses,sment, instructional strategies, and special consideration in reading instruction for adolescents with high-incidence disabilities in general education classrooms. Prerequisite: SPED 501|
SPED 507
Writ & Vis Exp For Excep Read
This course presents evidence-based practices for enhancing the writing and visual literacy of elementary and secondary students. It also presents effective strategies for teaching writing to multilingual students with special needs. Prerequisite:, SPED 501|
SPED 508
Prof Sem: Del Evd-Based Instr
Teacher candidates will examine evidence based reading instruction as it applies to individuals with disabilities. Integration of research and best practices will serve as the core of this course as well as developing skills to serve in leadership p,ositions on response to intervention (RTI) teams. Prerequisites: SPED 504 and SPED 506|