SPED 160 Introduction to Special Education (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides an overview of special education and disability perspectives. It addresses philosophical, historical, foundational, legal and research based aspects concerning the education of students with disabilities and their families. Using the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and related federal and state laws as its framework, the course presents students with an overview of various disabilities, the special education process, and multiple educational approaches. Students are required to complete 10 (ten) hours of observing children in educational settings. Course may apply to PA's Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning.

SPED 164 Introduction to the Special Education Paraeducator (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides the competences that support a qualified paraeducator. Using national and state standards as its framework, the course presents students with the varying roles and responsibilities of a paraeducator across multiple and diverse cultural and learning environments. Students are required to complete 30 (thirty) hours of field experience in an educational environment. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and the FBI clearances are required. Course may be applied to the PA's Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators. This course is also available through Online Learning.

SPED 170 Instructional Strategies in Inclusive Environments (Cr3) (3:0)
This course addresses multiple and varied strategies and processes for educating all children. It addresses the diversity among learners regarding language, culture, and the educational environment in meeting individual needs. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, FBI clearances required. Course may be applied to Pennsylvania's Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators. Also available through Online Learning. Prereq:- SPED 160.

SPED 175 Behavior Support (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides an overview of positive behavior support practices used in educational environments. It considers the purpose of behavior and the positive approaches for preventing and responding to behavioral challenges in the classroom. Prereq:- SPED 160. Also available through Online Learning.

SPED 205G Special Education Paraeducator Internship (Cr3) (2:10)
Students in this course are placed in an educational setting to do an intensive internship under the supervision of a certified teacher. This capstone experience allows students to synthesize and apply the knowledge, skills, and competencies gained in all prior coursework. Students are required to complete 150 (one hundred and fifty) hours, (10 hours per week), in an educational setting with children with disabilities. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Prereq:- SPED 160, 164, 170, 175 and ENGL 101. Also available through Online Learning.