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Kansas State University

Special Education

Mary Kay Zabel, Chair

Professors Thurston, White, M. K. Zabel, and R. Zabel; Associate Professor Kaff; Assistant Professors Frey, Knackendoffel, and Teagarden; Instructor Anderson; Emeriti: Dettmer and Dyck.

Studies in special education accommodate students who wish to specialize in teaching children and youth with certain exceptionalities. Students must complete an undergraduate teacher education program leading to licensure for either elementary or secondary school teaching. Program focus is to work with students with adaptive and functional disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels.

Special education courses

EDSP 323. Exceptional Students in the Secondary School. (2) I, II, S. Designed for regular classroom teachers in meeting the needs of exceptional adolescents. Support strategies for teachers and exceptional students in the mainstream of education. Pr.: Admission to teacher education, and FSHS 110.

EDSP 324. Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom. (3) I, II, S. Designed for general education teachers in meeting the needs of exceptional children. Support strategies for teachers and exceptional children in the mainstream of education will be explored. Pr.: Admission to teacher education, and EDCEP 315 (may be taken simultaneously).

University General Education courseEDSP 500. Introduction to Human Exceptionality. (3) II, S. Survey of history and legal aspects of service, etiologies, characteristics, and special needs of exceptional individuals. Pr.: FSHS 110 or PSYCH 100.

EDSP 502. Independent Study in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Selected topics in professional education. Maximum of three hours applicable toward degree requirements. Pr.: Consent of department chair.

EDSP 710. Education of Exceptional Individuals. (3) I, II, S. A general study of special education, with emphasis on legislation, Individual Education Plans, cross-cultural assessment and intervention, and strategies for exceptional students at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. Pr.: EDCEP 315 and EDSP 323 or EDSP 324.

EDSP 723. Characteristics of Cognitive Disorders. (3) I, II. Etiological, psychological, sociological, and educational aspects of cognitive disabilities. Pr.: EDSP 323 or 324, and EDCEP 315.

EDSP 728. Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. (3) I, S. Study of conceptual models for understanding emotional and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescents, and their implications for educators. Pr.: EDCEP 315 and EDSP 323 or EDSP 324.

EDSP 742. Interventions: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. (3) I, II, S. Educational planning assessment, instructional methods, curricular modification, media and materials, teacher competencies, and model programs for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Pr.: EDSP 323 or 324, 710.

EDSP 743. Interventions: Academic Disabilities. (3) I, II, S. Educational planning, instructional methods, and curricula modifications for students with academic learning disabilities. Pr.: EDCEP323 or EDCEP324; EDSP 710.

EDSP 775. Readings in Special Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Readings in research and application in specialized areas in education. May be taken more than once. Pr.: EDCEP 315.

EDSP 777. Behavior Management for Exceptional Individuals. (3) II. Theoretical and practical applications of behavior analysis with emphasis on preventing and remediating behavior problems of students with disabilities. Pr.: EDCEP 315 and EDSP 323 or EDSP 324.

EDSP 778. Technology for Special Education. (3) I. Designed to help special educators develop an awareness of assistive technology (AT) and related legislative guidelines, which can assist in the lives and learning of students receiving special education. Explores assistive technology devices and services and software appropriate for students with special needs. Internet resources and AT evaluations systems related to special education will also be covered. Pr.: DED 318 or related professional experiences.

EDSP 785. Practicum in Adaptive Special Education. (1-6) I, II, S. Observation and participation in teaching individuals with exceptional educational needs under the supervision of selected teachers in special education. Pr.: EDSP 323 or 324, 710, 742, 743.

EDSP 786. Topics in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Examination of current topic in specialization of faculty. Varied topics offered each semester so course may be repeated. Pr.: EDCEP 315 and EDSP 323 or EDSP 324.

EDSP 787. Field Experiences in Special Education. (1-3) On sufficient demand. Observation and supervised activities in schools, camps, clinics, or institutions related to student's area of special interest or preparation. Pr.: EDSP 323 or EDSP 324 and EDSP 710.

EDSP 795. Problems in Special Education. Credit arranged. I, II, S. Selected students are permitted to secure specialized training appropriate to the needs of the individual. The student's project may involve intensive library investigation in a special field or the collection and analysis of data pertinent to a given problem. All work is done independently under the direction of a faculty member. As many conferences are held as necessary to assure successful completion of a project. Pr.: Background of courses necessary for the problem undertaken and consent of instructor.