Course Descriptions


EDU 595 - Legal Aspects of Pupil Services and Special Education

(Credits: 3.00)

The content of this course includes examination and discussion of the historical foundations of special education law and the examination, discussion and application of special education law. Emphasis is on the Individual Education Program (IEP) process including eligibility, IEP development and placement, due process, parental/student rights, dispute resolution, student discipline, and the relationship between special education law and other existing laws and regulations including No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I, Title IX, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act (HIPPAA), and laws related to English Language Learners( ELL), child abuse and neglect, homeless children, children at risk, home schooling, regulations regarding parochial/private school students with disabilities and reporting mandates.

EDU 596 - Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

(Credits: 2.00)

The content of this course includes examination, discussion, and application of the following topics to effectively meet the needs of all learners: Response to Intervention (RtI), service delivery models, and various instructional models including Universal Design for Learning. Connections to various stakeholders, including parents and community agencies, are explored.

EDU 597 - Leadership and Administration of Pupil Services and Special Education

(Credits: 3.00)

The content of this course includes the examination, application and discussion of various areas that are necessary to provide effective leadership, administration and advocacy of pupil services and special education. This includes: supervision of instruction, staff development, service delivery including staffing, and fiscal management.

SED 740 - Leading Diverse Educational Systems: Rethinking the Boundaries of School

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a process orientation course, where students, through the examination of various epistemological lenses, will examine and analyze effective leadership, administration and advocacy of Pupil Services and Special Education Pk-12+ programs. This includes: resource/fiscal management, service delivery models, staffing, and non-traditional school programming (i.e. alternative schools, juvenile detention centers, and
day or residential treatment programs). Students will analyze systematic predictors of the effects of different programming options and why sub-groups of students may be overrepresented in certain types of programs. Corequisite: For licensure students only: this course must be taken concurrently with SED 741.

SED 741 - Special Education Leadership Practicum 1

(Credits: 1.00)

Designed to give students an opportunity to work within the field of special education leadership at the higher education or k-12 level, this practicum course consists of educational leadership (administrative-like) or special education faculty (research and teacher education) experiences that supplement and give meaning to the coursework in the Special Education Leadership Licensure and Ph.D. programs. The practicum is a project-based application course, intended to encourage engagement with all stakeholders of the special education leadership community including, but not limited to, faculty, research personnel, special education teachers and administrators, students, school board, support staff, community organizations, and any other relevant (and approved) parties to special education. Students will be required to develop projects and experiences with faculty supervisors in order to gain experiences in each of the of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Administrative (WI DPI) (DPI) Special Education and Pupil Services Content Standards and/or Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Advanced Preparation Standards. Corequisite: For licensure students only, this course must be taken concurrently with SED 741.

SED 795 - Legal and Political Analysis of Special Education

(Credits: 4.00)

The content of this course includes a research based critical examination of the historical foundations of Special Education litigation/case law and legislation and its application into policy.

SED 796 - Instructional Leadership: Advanced Methods in Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

(Credits: 3.00)

The content of this course includes critical and research based examination, discussion, and application of the methods in special education to effectively meet the needs of all learners (i.e. Response to Intervention, service delivery models, and various interventions and instructional models including Universal Design for Learning). Connections to various stakeholders including parents and community agencies will be explored through the use of single subject design, meta-analysis and qualitative research synthesis. Specifically, students will:

a. Examine evidence-based instructional practices in a particular focus area in special education, pupil services, and/or special education teacher education.

b. Critically analyze the research basis of methods used to meet the needs of diverse learners. Corequisite: SED 797.

SED 797 - Special Education Leadership Practicum 2

(Credits: 1.00)

The content of this course includes critical and research-based examination, discussion, and application of the methods in special education to effectively meet the needs of all learners (i.e. Response to Intervention, service delivery models, and various interventions and instructional models including Universal Design for Learning). Connections to various stakeholders including parents and community agencies will be explored through the use of single subject design, meta-analysis and qualitative research synthesis. Specifically, students will:

a. Examine evidence-based instructional practices in a particular focus area in special education and/or special education teacher education.

b. Critically analyze the research basis of methods used to meet the needs of diverse learners Corequisite: SED 796.