Course Descriptions - Department of Special Education


ID 2052 Human Exceptionality (3)
This course provides an overview of the historical, legal, etiology, and needs of individuals with disabilities.

ID 3051 Computer Technology in Today's Inclusive Society (3)
Information is presented relevant to basic computer/technology operations and concepts and adaptive devices and software used in the inclusive classroom.
Prerequisite: ID 2052

ID 3162 Families As Collaborators in the Classroom, School, and Community (3)
Group dynamics theory and practice will be examined to promote collaboration and consultation between families and professionals. Transitioning communication strategies and collaborative practices will be discussed.
Prerequisite: ID 2052

ID 3163 Building Inclusive Environments Through Positive Behavioral Supports (3)
This course explores effective management practices for inclusive classrooms. Behavioral theories, functional behavioral assessment, and development of positive behavioral intervention plans will be presented.
Prerequisites: ID 2052, Acceptance into TSD Program
Corequisties: SPED 3000, SPED 3001


SPED 2120 Introductory Field Experience in Special Education (3)
This field-based course will provide students with information about organizational structures, professional behaviors and ethics, and service delivery models across the continuum of educational services recommended for the education of students.
Prerequisite: 3.0 (beginning September 2012) Cumulative GPA, ID 2052 and successful completion of 40 college credits
Corequisite: SPED 2200

SPED 2200 The Multicultural Learner in Diverse Settings (3)

Characteristics of the diverse learners in multicultural settings will be emphasized, along with strategies to meet the needs of bilingual and minority populations. Culture and climate will be explored in urban settings.

Prerequisites: ID 2052, Acceptance into the TSD Program

Co-requisite: SPED 2120


SPED 3000 Principles and Practices for the Contemporary Educator
Students will explore education practices relevant to teaching students with and without special needs in all settings to include developing lesson plan components. Students will complete a mini Teacher Work Sample.
Prerequisites: ID 2052, Acceptance into the TSD Program
Co-requisite: SPED 2120

SPED 3001 PreProfessional Field Experience for Educators
Fifteen days (90 hours) spent observing and participating in general education classrooms providing candidates the opportunity to apply information learned in SPED 3000.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the TSD Program
Co-requisite: SPED 3000, ID 3163, SPED 4000 (if P-3, K-5, K-5/5-8 majors)

SPED 4000 Styles of Learning and Promoting Literacy
This course will examine the various theories of learning and literacy for inclusive classrooms. Specific strategies, models, and assessment practices will be explored.
Co-requisites: SPED 3000, SPED 3001, ID 3163

SPED 4200 The Professional Practitioner in New Jersey's Special Education System
Students will develop critical thinking skills by comparing, contracting, and synthesizing New Jersey's current trends/issues in Special Education set against national education trends. Student will examine New Jersey's social, legal, and political trends in special education to the present. Students will analyze, critique, and reflect on their professional development within the Special Education system. Students will present a Teacher Work Sample.
Prerequisite: All major coursework in Academic Sequence
Co-requisite: SPED 4135

SPED 4135 Professional Field Experience for Educators across Settings
Candidates will teach, full-time, during an entire semester spending fifty person of the semester in a special education setting and fifty percent of the semester in a general education setting.
Prerequisites: SPED 3001 and all required EMSE and EDUC coursework
Corequisite: SPED 4200 (for P-3, K-5, K-5/5-8) or EDUC 4000 (for K-12)


CS 0409 Basic Reading Skills (NC)
Designed to develop proficiency in reading to meet the curriculum needs of succeeding courses at the college level. The emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension skills.

CS 0412 Introduction to Academic Reading (NC)
Designed to develop proficiency in reading across the curriculum with emphasis on the reading demands of a paired course. Demonstration of college level performance. There is a reading laboratory requirement and a computer assisted instruction fee.
Prerequisite: CS 0409 and/or competency level.


CS 1501 College Reading and Study Skills (3)
Reading and learning skills are programmed to increase efficiency in these areas. Skills include speed of comprehension, areas of comprehension, vocabulary and the study skills of concentration, note-taking, time-scheduling and test-organization. Recommended as an elective for those students who seek a strong development program in learning.

CS 2500 Speed Reading (3)
Designed for students who read well but would like to increase speed and efficiency. Speed reading techniques will be demonstrated and applied to several kinds of reading material.

CS 3450 Analytic and Critical Reading (3)

Designed for the student who possesses grade appropriate vocabulary and comprehension skills and is interested in developing higher competencies in reading. Course does not meet 6 hour state certification reading requirement.
Prerequisite: Course limited to students who are not enrolled in developmental course.


All of the following courses in reading education include a study of appropriate trends and techniques for teaching students from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

CS 4400 Advanced Reading Techniques: Elementary Level (3)
Knowledge about the total field of reading is broadened. Assessment of reading progress and reading in the content areas are studied. Development of specific skills in multicultural settings is emphasized.

CS 4490 Reading in Society (3)
Perspectives on the varied functions of reading in society. An exploration of the historical, political, economic and pedagogical aspects of literacy. Does not fulfill reading requirements for state certification.
CS 4497, 4498, 4499 Independent Study in Reading (1, 2 or 3)
Opportunity for students of advanced ability to pursue in a concentrated but informal manner a specific area of study in reading education not available through current course offerings.
Prerequisites: Approval of coordinator and faculty member.


CS 3803 Educational Psychology of the Adult Learner (3)
This course examines the physical, social, psychological and educational variables that affect adult learners; included are applications of assessment techniques for adults, theories of learning and motivation, and a survey of training programs for adults. (May not be used for teacher certification programs).
Prerequisite: PSY 1000.

CS 4901 Programs and Strategies in Training and Development (3)

This course offers an in-depth study of model programs in training and development in business, industry and other organizations. Focus is on development, design and presentation of programs.
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