Oct 30, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Social Work

  
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    SWK 642 - Social Work Part-Time Field Education IV

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): USM GPA of 3.0 or higher, SWK 641  The second practicum is designed to build on the integration and enhancement of values, knowledge, and skills developed in SWK 641 , completing the foundation level of micro, mezzo, and macro experiences. Includes integrative seminar.
  
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    SWK 643 - Advanced Social Work Practice I

    3hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of foundation year of MSW. Corequisite(s): SWK 644  This course focuses on advanced social work practice skills with selected mental health disorders.
  
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    SWK 644 - Advanced Social Work Practice II

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of foundation year of MSW. Corequisite(s): SWK 643  This course focuses on advanced social work practice skills with selected client groups.
  
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    SWK 645 - Management, Supervision and Leadership in Social Work

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of foundation year of MSW. Corequisite(s): SWK 646  Advanced SWK course reviews issues, topics and theory found in management of social service agencies.
  
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    SWK 646 - Program and Community Development

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the foundation year of MSW. Corequisite(s): SWK 645  Development of competencies in responding to needs or organizations and communities.
  
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    SWK 647 - Social Work Integrative Seminar IV

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of foundation year of MSW. Students will develop additional skills and practice competencies associated with advanced level social work practice.
  
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    SWK 651 - Time-Limited Intervention

    3 hrs.
    Techniques of task-centered intervention and crisis intervention in social work practice.
  
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    SWK 652 - Seminar in Critical Issues of the Aged

    3 hrs.
    Interdisciplinary review and analysis of the literature and research on issues of aging; including health care and policy, family, recreation, nutrition, social issues, and death and bereavement.
  
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    SWK 653 - Social Work Mental Health Assessment

    3 hrs.
    Individual and family pathology and diagnostic criteria, DSM-IV-TR, and the Person in the Environment (PIE) methods of assessment.
  
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    SWK 655 - Social Work Practice in Child Welfare Settings

    3 hrs.
    Multidimensional intervention with children and adolescents who have experienced neglect and abusive conditions.
  
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    SWK 657 - Advanced Social Work Practice and Addictions

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of the foundation year. Theories, intervention skills, and policy issues related to additions in the social service delivery system.
  
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    SWK 658 - Advanced Interventive Methods

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): SWK 673  Social work intervention focused on cognition, affect, and behavior with individuals, families, and groups. This course is integrated with field seminar SWK 673 .
  
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    SWK 659 - Social Work Full-Time Field Education I

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SWK 600  , SWK 603  , SWK 607  , SWK 611  , SWK 614  Corequisite(s): SWK 615 .  The first Field Education course is designed for full-time students to apply knowledge and skills in a practicum experience.
  
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    SWK 661 - Social Work Full-Time Field Education II

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SWK 659  Corequisite(s): SWK 616  The second practicum for the full-time students provides opportunities to integrate advanced knowledge and skills in SWK agencies.
  
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    SWK 662 - Social Work Full-Time Field Education III

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SWK 661  Corequisite(s): SWK 667  The second semester of the second practicum for full-time students integrates advanced knowledge and skills at the SWK 661  agency.
  
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    SWK 663 - Consultation and Supervision

    3 hrs.
    Concepts and skills related to consultation and supervision with application to a number of systems but emphasizing agency settings.
  
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    SWK 665 - Social Work and the Law

    3 hrs.
    An exploration of the interrelationships between social work and the law.
  
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    SWK 666 - Community Development and Social Planning

    3 hrs.
    Theories and techniques of community development and planning with special attention to practice needs and proposal writing.
  
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    SWK 667 - Advanced Social Work Practice with Adults

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Complete Foundation year. Services to formulate multidimensional assessments and intervention plans for adult issues and disorders within family and cultural contexts.
  
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    SWK 669 - Social Work Practice and Diverse Sexuality

    3 hrs.
    This course is an evidence-based social work practice human sexuality course, examining the bio-psycho-social influences on sexual identity and sexual behavior.
  
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    SWK 673 - Field Education III

    3-6 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): USM GPA of 3.0 or higher, SWK 641 , SWK 642  Corequisite(s): SWK 658  The third practicum is designed to build an advanced level integrated field experience on the prior learning in SWK 641  and SWK 642 . This practicum provides students with the opportunity to work with micro, mezzo, and macro systems.
  
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    SWK 674 - Social Work Practice with Families

    3 hrs.
    Theories, intervention skills, and policy issues related to families and the social service delivery system.
  
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    SWK 675 - Social Work Practice with Persons in Middle and Late Life

    3 hrs.
    Psychosocial variables at critical life transition points and intervention skills with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  
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    SWK 676 - Social Work Practice in Health Systems

    3 hrs.
    Assessment and modification of conditions which affect an individual's physical and mental health through intervention skills with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  
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    SWK 677 - Advanced Practice with Children and Adolescents

    3 hrs.
    Practice concepts, theories and skills for work with specific social adjustment problems utilizing a systems framework.
  
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    SWK 685 - Grant Writing in Social Work

    3 hrs.
    Principles of grant proposal development, opportunities to review and critique grant proposals, and submissions of a fund-able grant proposal in a human service field.
  
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    SWK 686 - Social Work Practice in Schools

    3 hrs.
    Challenges and opportunities of social work practice in education, and roles and functions of social workers within a complex system of home/school/community are examined.
  
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    SWK 687 - Social Work Practice and Family Violence

    3 hrs.
    This course addresses the dynamics of family violence, examines a range of strategies for social work intervention, and examines the social and legal responses to violence.
  
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    SWK 688 - Medical Aspects of Developmental Disabilities

    3 hrs.
    Medical conditions, diagnostic tests, and other health care issues relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  
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    SWK 689 - Forensic Social Work

    3 hrs.
    This course provides an overview of the interplay between social work professionals and the court systems. It builds on this history of forensic social work practice and its theoretical base.
  
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    SWK 691 - Research Practicum

    1-3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SWK 617 , SWK 637  Emphasis on the acquisition of more in-depth levels of knowledge and skills regarding evaluative research regarding practice effectiveness.
  
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    SWK 692 - Special Problems

    1-6 hrs.
    Study of a problem in order to develop knowledge in an area of student interest. Approved study plan, paper and/or project required.
  
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    SWK 695 - Human Rights and Social Development in the Caribbean

    4 hrs.
    The study of social development and social welfare efforts of Caribbean countries to address social problems, as well as, agency visits and service learning opportunities.
  
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    SWK 696 - Social Work Practice with Groups

    3 hrs.
    Design of preventive, developmental and remedial group services for at-risk populations.
  
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    SWK 698 - Families of the Developmentally Disabled

    3 hrs.
    Interdisciplinary approach to the study of families of the developmentally disabled.

Sociology

  
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    SOC 505 - Nonprofits and Social Change

    3 hrs.
    This course will focus on the role of nonprofit organizations in meeting the needs of American society.
  
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    SOC 515 - Sociology of Gender

    3 hrs.
    A study of the relationship between sex roles and broader cultural patterns in various societies.
  
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    SOC 521 - Sociological Topics

    3 hrs.
    Variable content; can be repeated three times in separate topical offerings.
  
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    SOC 523 - Sociology of Health

    3 hrs.
    An analysis of the field of health and health care delivery from a sociological perspective.
  
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    SOC 524 - Sociology of Aging

    3 hrs.
    A survey of demographic, social, and cultural aspects of aging with particular emphasis upon American society and the types of problems encountered by older persons.
  
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    SOC 525 - Food, Culture, and Society

    3 hrs.
    This course will focus on all the ways food is more than a means of human sustenance, such as the role of food in the expression of identity and the way we live.
  
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    SOC 526 - Sociology of Education

    3 hrs.
    A comprehensive study of the educational institution, and its relationship to the community and society.
  
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    SOC 527 - Sociology and Film

    3 hrs.
    This course explores the world of film from a sociological perspective, including how to interpret representations (i.e. race, class, and gender) in film, and their influences.
  
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    SOC 530 - Political Sociology

    3 hrs.
    A study of politics as a social institution, its relationship with other institutions, and its place in a changing society.
  
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    SOC 544 - Juvenile Delinquency

    3 hrs.
    A study of causes and the nature of juvenile delinquency, the development of the juvenile court, probation, and other rehabilitative programs.
  
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    SOC 550 - Social Psychology

    3 hrs.
    A study of how the thoughts and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the actual or implied presence of others.
  
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    SOC 560 - Quantitative Methods

    3 hrs.
    A survey of quantitative research techniques, focusing on descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications.
  
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    SOC 561 - Population

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SOC 460 An introduction to demography, analyzing significant changes in population composition.
  
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    SOC 562 - Methods of Social Research

    3 hrs.
    A study of the production and interpretation of social research with an emphasis on the relationship of theory and method.
  
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    SOC 564 - Qualitative Research Methods

    3 hrs.


    Prerequisite(s): SOC 101. An introduction to qualitative research methods in sociology through hands-on involvement in research. May be repeated up tp 9 hours.

     

  
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    SOC 571 - Social Institutions

    3 hrs.
    A study of selected American social institutions, focusing on class and power structures, the rise of post-industrial society, religious and moral divisions, and democratic individualism.
  
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    SOC 575 - Social Inequality

    3 hrs.
    Research and theory in social differentiation, class, status, power, and mobility. Analysis of inequality and the effects of socioeconomic status upon behavior and social organization.
  
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    SOC 582 - Sociological Theory

    3 hrs.
    A study of classical and contemporary social theory, focusing on selected theorists (e.g. Weber, Durkheim, Marx, Merton, and Goffman) and selected topics, including anomie and alienation, the rise of capitalism, theories of crime, and concepts of self.
  
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    SOC 589 - Caribbean Studies

    3 hrs.
    Variable content lecture series and study abroad under the auspices of International Programs. May be repeated up to 6 hours in different topical offerings.
  
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    SOC 593 - Irish Studies

    4 hrs.
    Variable content lecture series and study in Ireland under the auspices of International Programs.
  
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    SOC 599 - British Studies

    3-6 hrs.
    Variable content. Lecture series and research offered abroad under the auspices of International Programs.
  
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    SOC 692 - Special Study Projects in Sociology

    1-6 hrs.
    Special projects in reading, survey, or research in sociology. Work will be under the direction of graduate faculty.

Spanish

  
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    SPA 501 - Spanish Reading for Research I

    3 hrs.
    Beginning study of fundamental structures and vocabulary to facilitate reading in Spanish for research. Credit hours may not count towards a degree in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
  
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    SPA 502 - Spanish Reading for Research II

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SPA 501 . A continuation of the study of language structures and vocabulary begun in Spanish
  
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    SPA 505 - Spanish Phonetics

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. A contrastive study of the phonetic systems of English and Spanish with emphasis in production of speech sounds, correction of exercises in pronunciation, and problems in learning the sound system of a second language.
  
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    SPA 506 - Advanced Composition and Grammar

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Understanding of the grammatical concepts, forms and practice in descriptive, narrative, analytical, and research composition with attention to grammar and style, as well as methods of organization.
  
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    SPA 511 - The Spanish Subjunctive

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Understanding the mode of the subjunctive inner world. Discussion, comparison between the indicative and subjunctive moods and learning problems.
  
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    SPA 521 - Advanced Conversation

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): SPA 421, equivalent, or consent of instructor. Development of oral skills and strategies through intensive practice in speaking and listening comprehension, using the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines, teaching as well as extensive research in oral language proficiency.
  
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    SPA 533 - Hispanic Film

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Overview of Spanish and Spanish-American cinema. Discussions will emphasize cultural, sociohistorical, and pedagogical issues.
  
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    SPA 535 - Spanish Culture and Civilization

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Examines sociopolitical, cultural history, and construction of social values in the Spanish society as well as forms of regional, national, and gender identity.
  
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    SPA 536 - Latin American Culture and Civilization

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. A chronological survey of Hispanic civilization and institutions.
  
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    SPA 540 - Survey of Latin American Literature

    3 hrs.
    Historical overview of major Latin American authors, texts and literary tendencies. May be taken for a total of six hours in topics vary.
  
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    SPA 542 - Survey of Spanish Literature

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. May be taken for a total of 6 hours if topics vary.
  
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    SPA 545 - Topics in Spanish Literature

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. May be taken for a total of 6 hours if topics vary.
  
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    SPA 546 - Don Quixote

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. A study of the Cervantes novel, of its historical and literary background, and of the principal critical materials.
  
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    SPA 552 - Topics in Latin American Literature

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. May be taken for a total of 6 hours if topics vary.
  
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    SPA 581 - Advanced Credit for Study Abroad

    1-9 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Advanced knowledge of Spanish; prior arrangements for evaluation and receipt of credit. Credit will be granted for systematic study of the language and culture or the language and literature of an Hispanic area. Study must be under the direction of a recognized teaching institution approved in advance by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The department will examine and grade the progress and achievement of the participants in this program before granting credit.
  
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    SPA 591 - Advanced Studies in the Spanish Language

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Content varies in response to students' interests and needs. Topics include syntax, lexicography, and etymology. May be repeated once.
  
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    SPA 605 - Old Spanish

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
  
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    SPA 609 - Spanish Lexical Problems

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. A study of correct vocabulary usage, with composition practice.
  
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    SPA 612 - Spanish Pedagogical Grammar

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Exploration and development of ways of teaching concepts and techniques with a view of grammar as a coherent system, its internal logic, and the strategies to use in the classroom.
  
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    SPA 637 - Topics in Hispanic Culture

    3 hrs.
    Seminar course for MATL program. Explores major issues in Hispanic culture.
  
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    SPA 641 - Spanish Seminar

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. May be taken for a total of 9 hours if topics vary.
  
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    SPA 645 - Teaching Reading in Spanish

    3 hrs.
    An introduction to current reading theory, research and techniques relevant to the teaching of Spanish.
  
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    SPA 647 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics

    3 hrs.
    Seminar course for MATL program. Explores specific areas in Hispanic linguistics. May be taken for a total of 9 hours if topics vary.
  
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    SPA 656 - Qualitative Research for Spanish

    3 hrs.
    Course familiarizes students with qualitative research methods in languages for conducting field-based research projects in Spanish-speaking communities. Repeatable once.
  
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    SPA 661 - Spanish Reading

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Development of reading skills and of suitable reading materials for the Spanish classroom.
  
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    SPA 685 - Teaching Spanish for Special Purposes

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Methods and materials for teaching such groups as law enforcement, health care, and business personnel. May be taken for a total of 6 hours if topics vary.
  
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    SPA 690 - Teaching College Spanish

    3 hrs.
    A teaching and training practicum designed to prepare teaching assistants to teach their own college Spanish class.
  
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    SPA 692 - Special Problems in the Teaching of Spanish

    1-3 hrs. by prior arrangement only.
    May be repeated as content varies.

Special Education

  
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    SPE 500 - The Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children

    3 hrs.
    An introduction to exceptional children focusing on characteristics, approaches and policies relating to their education and citizenship.
  
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    SPE 560 - Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students

    3 hrs.
    This course includes characteristics, educational options, assessment and referral procedures, and legal issues. Teacher attributes and competencies, family characteristics, and local, state, and national issues are also addressed.
  
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    SPE 578 - Specialized Studies in Developmental Disabilities

    1-6 hrs.
    Specialized study and skill acquisition in the area of developmental disabilities. Topics vary.
  
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    SPE 597 - Professional Collaboration for Developmental Disability Services

    3 hrs.
    Study of the interdependent contributions of relevant disciplines in training, service, and research.
  
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    SPE 598 - Families of the Developmentally Disabled

    3 hrs.
    Interdisciplinary approach to the study of families of the developmentally disabled.
  
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    SPE 600 - Single Subject Research in Educational Settings

    3 hrs.
    An advanced study of the design, implementation, and interpretation of a single-subject research methodology applicable in educational and behavioral support settings.
  
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    SPE 605 - The Process of National Board Teacher Certification

    3-6 hrs.
    Provides opportunities to analyze and apply National Board for Professional Teaching standards in the student's content area using the reflective process. Three hours may be taken at the pre-candidate level or 3 hours may be taken at the candidate level.
  
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    SPE 628 - Assessment Procedures for Young Children with Disabilities

    3 hrs.
    To familiarize students with current issues, theories, and practices regarding the assessment of young children who are at risk for or have manifest disabilities.
  
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    SPE 629 - Advanced Intervention Procedures for Young Children with Disabilities

    3 hrs.
    To familiarize students with current issues, theories, intervention methods, and procedures for young children who are at risk for or have manifest disabilities.
  
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    SPE 630 - Advanced Seminar in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

    3 hrs.
    Advanced studies of the social, emotional, physical, and learning characteristics of individuals with high incidence disabilities across the life span.
  
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    SPE 631 - Methods of Instruction: Elementary Special Education

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): to SPE 654    Advanced studies in methods, materials, and individualized programming for elementary students with high incidence disabilities.
  
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    SPE 632 - Methods of Instruction: Secondary Special Education

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): to SPE 654   Advanced studies in methods, materials, and individualized education/transition plans for secondary students with high incidence disabilities.
  
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    SPE 634 - Practicum in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

    1-6 hrs.
    Supervised classroom experience, including observation and teaching of students with high incidence disabilities.
  
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    SPE 640 - Advanced Seminar in Intellectual Disabilities

    3 hrs.
    Advanced studies of the social, emotional, physical, and learning characteristics of individuals with intellectual disabilities across the life span.
  
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    SPE 641 - Transition Programming: School to Adult Life

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): to SPE 654   Advanced exploration of philosophy, policy, and methodology needed to facilitate positive transitions to adulthood focusing on communication, self-determination, employment, daily living, and post-secondary education.
 

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