The Master of Education Special Education Low-Incidence Disabilities is designed for those who wish to earn an endorsement in special education as part of their graduate degree. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for the graduate degree. Endorsement in low incidence disabilities may be earned with 33 credit hours. A minimum of nine credit hours is required for a provisional endorsement. EDUC 512 Action Research must be completed within the first 15 credit hours of the program of study.
Anyone interested in the program who resides in a state other than Kansas must check with that state’s department of education to determine specific licensure requirements for teaching within that state and the acceptability of out-of-state licensure.
Course will provide training in the procedures for developing high quality individual education plans for students with disabilities, based on state curriculum standards and meeting all of the requirements of state and federal special education laws and regulations. This course can be taken in conjunction withEDUC524.
This course focuses on the techniques of collaboration with general education teachers, parents, other professionals, and paraeducators in providing appropriate educational services to exceptional children of all ages. The course will explore instructional approaches that allow all students to be educated in an inclusive setting.
The focus of this course is on the theoretical constructs and practical considerations in programming for students with disabilities from the preschool through the secondary and post‐secondary level.
This introductory course provides an overview of the characteristics of learners with significant needs for support. Learners will be introduced to the various classification systems and the implications of low‐ incidence disabilities, significant cognitive disability, various vision and/or hearing impairments, motor disabilities, and health impairments. The diversity of curriculum needs for students at the functional level will be addressed, including cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs across the developmental spectrum. The course prepares learners for more advanced study in specific areas, such as assessment, instructional methodology, behavior management and transition.
This course will provide an overview of instructional practices contributing to community‐referenced planning, community‐based and life skills instruction. Students design community‐based instructional programs, ecologically valid and age‐appropriate to facilitate mastery of skills essential for community and social inclusions including family and student involvement, transportation, and administrative and policy support.
This course provides a problem solving approach along with a framework for teaching in order to develop pro-social behavior for students with low incidence disabilities through a student-centered Functional Behavioral Assessment process. Through an emphasis on family and professional collaboration, learners identify problem behaviors, determine functions of the behavior, understand how to appropriately respond to challenging behavior, identify replacement skills and implement interventions that lead to pro-social behaviors in home, school and community settings.
In this course students learn instructional strategies for teaching children and youth with sensory and/or motor impairments and complex medical needs. Students will learn use of residual and alternative senses: proper positioning and transfer for students with motor impairments, nutrition, hydration, medical monitoring, and seizure activity. Students will develop appropriate goals and objectives in the sensory and motor areas, incorporate related services into inclusive educational settings, embed sensory and motor skills training into the general education curriculum, adapt materials and apply assistive technologies.
This course will develop the use of observation techniques and the administration and interpretation of test instruments and strategies including screening tests, formal and informal tests, norm and criterion‐ referenced tests, and diagnostic and achievement tests. Individual assessment of developmental skills, academic achievement, adaptive behavior and processes will be included. Tests will be evaluated for their usefulness in diagnosis, placement, and intervention in special education and remedial programs.
This course will provide overall instructional practices in the area of effective communication and literacy for students with significant disabilities. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with related service providers, community personnel, general education teachers, families and paraprofessionals in the pre-assessment, construction, implementation and reassessment of both high and low tech communication systems. Candidates will also demonstrate the ability to design literacy objectives that align to the Common Core state standards and create formative and summative assessments to support the objectives.
This is a field‐based course relating theory to application. Students will be place in settings where they will obtain experiences working with students with functional disabilities.
This is a field‐based course relating theory to application. Students will be placed in settings where they will obtain experiences working with students with severe and profound cognitive disability, medically fragile, deaf/blind disabilities.
This course will introduce students to action research, a form of self‐reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice. The primary objective of the course is to prepare students to do action research in schools. There are three other goals: 1) the development of professional community; 2) the illumination of power relationships; and 3) students' recognition of their own expertise.
This course will provide an introduction to the unique characteristics, etiology and prevalence of autism spectrum disorders. Effective practices for instructing students with autism spectrum disorders will be presented; with special focus on environmental structuring and management, communication, social skill development and sensory processing differences.
All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Catalog for the most current degree requirements.
*Online courses are six weeks long with the exception of some RN to BSN and Education courses. Please review the course catalogs for more information.