Education: Special Education - EDSE

EDSE F316 Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers

3 Credits
Offered Fall and Spring

The course provides an introduction to special education for students preparing to become an elementary classroom teacher. It provides an in-depth understanding of concepts, strategies and issues identifying and supporting the needs of elementary students who experience disabilities. Course content includes reviews of all categorical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and laws pertinent to elementary-aged children's disabilities. Requires fieldwork in an elementary special education classroom or an inclusive general elementary classroom. Prerequisites: ED F201 and Praxis I or permission of the instructor. (2.5+0+1)

EDSE F320 Adapting and Accommodating Instructions for Students with Disabilities

3 Credits
Offered Fall and Spring

Methods of instruction and strategies for addressing the needs of students with mild learning and behavior problems. A theoretical basis for selecting approaches is presented along with practical strategies that can be used in the classroom. Field experience required. Prerequisites: ED F201; EDSE F316, or permission of instructor. (2.5+0+1)

EDSE F422 Curriculum and Strategies II: High Incidence

3 Credits


Examines methods of instruction and strategies for addressing the needs of students with mild learning and behavior problems. A theoretical basis for selecting approaches is presented along with practical strategies that can be used in the classroom. Additionally, development, implementation support and evaluation of Individual Education Program (IEP) plans for students with high incidence disabilities such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders and communication disorders. Provides in-depth understanding of best practice strategies for supporting students with high incidence disabilities. Field experience and research are required. Prerequisites: ED F201 or EDSC F205 or other introduction to education course or permission of the instructor. Stacked with EDSE F622. (3+0+1)

EDSE F448 Understanding FASD: Diagnosis, Intervention and Strategies

3 Credits


This is an overview course designed to educate candidates about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: how they are acquired, current diagnostic strategies; intervention strategies within social services, therapeutic environments and school settings; and individual case management strategies. By the end of the course candidates should possess knowledge of working with children affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, understand the psychosocial implications of this disorder, and be able to identify best possible strategies to accommodating and intervening with these individuals in a classroom setting. Cross-listed with PSY F448. (3+0)

EDSE F482 Inclusive Classrooms for All Children

3 Credits


An in-depth understanding of concepts, strategies and issues that surround supporting the needs of students who experience disabilities in the general education classroom. Field experience required. Prerequisites: ED F201. Note: Elementary Education students are required to submit Praxis I scores to School of Education prior to enrolling in EDSE F482. (2.5+0+1)

EDSE F605 Early Childhood Special Education

3 Credits
Offered Fall; As Demand Warrants

Survey of philosophical, legal, and programmatic foundations of early childhood special education; characteristics of young children with disabilities; strategies to support young children with disabilities in inclusive settings; development, implementation, and evaluation of Individual Family Services Program (IFSP) plans in culturally diverse settings. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F610 Assessment of Students with Disabilities

3 Credits
Offered Summer; As Demand Warrants

Techniques and methods used for assessing students with disabilities. Focuses on the purpose of assessment, testing terminology and statistics, and administration and interpretation of formal and informal assessment procedures. Address assessment issues in all Alaskan communities. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F612 Curriculum and Strategies I: Low Incidence

3 Credits
Offered Summer; As Demand Warrants

Development, implementation and evaluation of Individual Education Program (IEP) plans for students with intensive needs. Provides in-depth understanding of best practice strategies for supporting students with low incidence disabilities in all Alaska communities. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F622 Curriculum and Strategies II: High Incidence

3 Credits


Examines methods of instruction and strategies for addressing the needs of students with mild learning behavior problems. A theoretical basis for selecting approaches is presented along with practical strategies that can be used in the classroom. Additionally, development, implementation, support and evaluation of Individual Education Program (IEP) plans for students with high incidence disabilities such as attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and communication disorders. Provides in-depth understanding of best practice strategies for supporting students with high incidence disabilities. Field and research experience required. Prerequisite: ED F201 or EDSC F205 or other introduction to education course or permission of the instructor. Stacked with EDSE F422. (3+0+1)

EDSE F624 Social/Emotional Development, Assessment, and Intervention

3 Credits
Offered Fall; As Demand Warrants

Review current research in both normal and abnormal social/emotional development. Emphasizes the use of research-based practices in assessment and intervention. Explores academic and cultural diversity in the social/emotional growth of students with learning differences. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F625 Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners

3 Credits
Offered Fall; As Demand Warrants

Provides assessment and instructional strategies in mathematics for teachers of students with disabilities. Focuses on standards-based instruction, explicit instruction, curriculum-based assessments and preparation of students for high stakes testing. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F632 Special Education Law: Principles and Practices

3 Credits
Offered Fall; As Demand Warrants

Examines three federal laws that form the foundation of disability law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Focuses on substantive principles that underlie procedural requirements including due process issues, case law analysis, policy changes and the creation of a legally defensible Individual Educational Program (IEP). (3+0)

EDSE F633 Autism: Communication and Social Disorders

3 Credits
Offered Spring; As Demand Warrants

Current methods for assessment and intervention of students with autism. Current issues and trends affecting educational practices are analyzed. Case study method used to make assessment and instructional decisions. Parent communication is emphasized. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F640 Collaboration and Consultative Methods

3 Credits
Offered Spring; As Demand Warrants

How to coordinate with regular education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech language therapists, Alaska Native Education Liaisons, coaches, principals, counselors and outside agencies. (3+0+1)

EDSE F642 Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Social and Behavioral Issues

3 Credits
Offered Summer; As Demand Warrants

Review functional behavioral assessments, development of behavior plans, use of social stories, social skills and life skills instruction to assist inclusive practices of students with autism or Asperger Syndrome. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F648 Understanding FASD: Diagnosis, Intervention and Strategies

3 Credits


This is an overview course designed to educate candidates about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: how they are acquired, current diagnostic strategies; intervention strategies within social services, therapeutic environments and school settings; and individual case management strategies. By the end of the course candidates should possess knowledge of working with children affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, understand the psychosocial implications of this disorder, and be able to identify best possible strategies to accommodating and intervening with these individuals in a classroom setting. Research projects required. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Cross-listed with PSY F648. (3+0)

EDSE F677 Reading Assessment, Curriculum and Strategies

3 Credits
Offered Spring; As Demand Warrants

Use and interpretation of reading assessments. The development of effective, research-based instructional strategies for students with disabilities who experience difficulties reading in any Alaska community. Field experience required. (3+0+1)

EDSE F678 Special Education Clinical Practice: Initial

3 Credits
Offered Every Fall, Spring, Summer

For initial licensure candidates only. Part-time fieldwork experience (minimum 120 hours) with individuals who have disabilities in approved K-12 public schools and affiliated facilities. Fieldwork assignments are in inclusive pullout and self-contained settings. Includes immersion in special education planning and teaching under the direction of a supervising teacher and university supervisor. Includes regularly scheduled seminars. Must be completed before enrollment in EDSE F680. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 18 approved credits in graduate level special education coursework. (3+0+20)

EDSE F680 Special Education Clinical Practice

3 Credits


For certified and initial licensure special education candidates. Full time field experience with individuals who have disabilities in approved K-12 public schools and affiliated facilities. Fieldwork assignments vary across areas of teaching specialization. Candidates assume full classroom responsibilities for planning, instruction and assessment under the direction of site and university supervisors. Includes regular seminars. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 18 approved credits in graduate level special education coursework. EDSE F678 (for initial licensure students only) must be taken concurrently with EDSE F681. (1+0+35)

EDSE F681 Special Education Portfolio

3 Credits
Offered Fall; As Demand Warrants

Development of special education portfolio based on UAF School of Education conceptual framework, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Special Education Standards, Alaska Teacher Standards, and Assembly of Alaska Native Educator (AANE) Guidelines for Preparing Culturally Responsive Teachers for Alaska's Schools. Must be taken concurrently with EDSE F680. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 18 credits in graduate level special education coursework. (3+0)