Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number
Course Name
Semester Credit Hours
Course Description
Cross Listed Course
Prerequisite
ESP 502Legal and Parental Issues in Special Education3This course reviews pertinent legislation concerning
human and constitutional right and parental issues
related to special persons. Teachers’ specific responsibilities
and liabilities are described and related to current
requirements for development of appropriate
educational programs. Emphasis is given to how,
through active parent participation, teachers can facilitate
each student’s developmental progress. The resources
and methods for dealing with the problems
confronted by parents of exceptional children are considered,
10 Hours of field work required.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
ESP 504Theories of Reading & Educational Practices P-123This course will concentrate on the best practices for
teaching reading to students with learning and behavioral
difficulties. Candidates will conduct research on
literacy problems in the United States and examine
reading approaches for students with reading difficulties.
Understanding of best practice strategies for
teaching of reading will be applied through a research paper project, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 505Teaching Mathematics to Children and
Youth with Learning & Behavior Disorders
3The primary focus of this course is on teaching of mathematics
to children and youth with learning and behavior
disorders. The overall context in which these
teaching approaches are considered are the national
curricular reforms in mathematics. Clearly, this course
primarily attends to the domains of pedagogy, pedagogy
and its relationship to subject matter, curriculum,
and pedagogical content knowledge. Given that, the
learner must always be considered and that the general
context of instruction in the school, the domains of
the learners and schools are emphasized, however to a
lesser degree in this course. Specific attention is provided
in this course to the teaching that responds to
the reform recommendations identified by National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and
higher standards in mathematics education present in KERA, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 507Introduction to Special Education
3This course will provide information and knowledge
on legislation and litigation in special education. A
historical overview of the field of special education
will be presented. Characteristics of children and
youth with disabilities, especially learning disabilities
and behavior disorders, will be presented, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 510Curriculum and Methods in Learning
and Behavior Disorders
3This course is designed to provide an opportunity to
explore the variety of teaching methods, technology,
media, resources, and materials that may be used for
effective teaching in the classroom. Major focuses are
given to the area of constructing unit lessons, lesson
presentations, and evaluation of student progress.
Candidates are expected to develop lesson plans that
accommodate the needs of learners with disabilities.
Designing instructional strategies for diversity in culture
and in learning styles, adapting commercial and
teacher made materials, assessing learners’ progress,
and using technology to enhance instruction are presented,
10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 511Methods/Strategies Behavior Management3This course is designed to provide candidates with
knowledge and understanding of behavioral assessment
and intervention strategies based on operant
conditioning and applied behavior management techniques.
Students will learn to: (a) identify and assess
problem behavior; (b) design and implement behavioral
interventions; (c) design learning environments
that will prevent problem behaviors; and (d) apply behavioral
procedures in educational settings, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 515Research in Special Education3A review of studies from a variety of disciplines that
have relevance to special education populations. Special
emphasis will be given to those skills (understanding,
assumption, reading, and abstracting articles, interpreting
data, and evaluating results) needed to understand
the relationship between research strategies
and problems in special education, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 523The Individual with LD: Learning and
Development through the Lifespan
3This course will provide information focusing on the
identification, instruction, and assessment of individuals
with specific learning disabilities and learning differences.
Special emphasis will be placed on the characteristics
(academic, social, organizational, and behavioral)
of individuals who learn differently. Participants
will learn information that will help them better prepare
lessons, settings, and evaluations that enable success
for their learners. For more information, see
Purposes of the Course within this syllabus, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 524Instructional Assessment Methods3This course will provide participants with an understanding
and informed use of assessment data. It focuses
on policies and procedures involved in the
screening, diagnosis, and placement of individuals with
emotional/behavioral disorders including academic
and social behaviors. The primary research project will
involve the assessment of appropriate and problematic
social behaviors of individuals with E\BD, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 525Inclusion, Collaboration and Advocacy3This course addresses inclusion, collaboration, and
advocacy approaches to working with children and
youth with disabilities. Approaches for differentiating
instruction in an inclusive classroom are presented.
Procedures for working with parents and educators in
collaborative settings are addressed. Related and transitional
services are discussed, 10 hours of field work
required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 526Prescriptive Teaching3This course will explore strategies for teaching skills
and content areas, such as reading, mathematics, oral
and written language, and social and study skills, to
students with learning and behavior disorders. The
course will provide participants with the opportunity
to incorporate previous course knowledge and various
approaches to learning and teaching to design IEPs
that meet the needs of their students. This course will
require a 10-hour field experience component, 10 hours of field work required.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 573Practicum in Special Education3This culminating practicum experience is designed for
special education candidates who currently are employed
full-time in accredited schools. The practicum
student must be a teacher of record for at least one
class that includes students identified, through official
IEPs, with LD and/or EBD. The practicum student is
supervised on site by a full-time teacher who holds a
Master degree in an area of education and is certified
in an area of special education, preferably LBD. (Graded pass/fail)
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 574Practicum in Special Education6This culminating practicum experience is designed for
special education candidates who, although not currently
teaching, have taught full-time, as teachers of
record, for three of the past five years in accredited
schools. The practicum student is supervised on site
by a full-time teacher who holds a Master degree in an
area of education and is certified in an area of special education, preferably LBD. (Graded pass/fail)
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
ESP 575Practicum in Special Education
12This culminating student teaching experience is designed
for special education candidates who have not
served full-time as teachers of record in accredited
schools. The student teacher teaches full-time in a
class that includes students with IEPs in LD and/or
EBD and is supervised on site by a full-time teacher
who holds a Master degree in an area of education and
is certified in an area of special education, preferably
LBD. The student teacher may not hold another fulltime
job while taking this course. (Graded pass/fail)
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
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