2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Ed Leadership: Special Education (EDSE)

EDSE 703   Leveraging Inclusive Practices and Services for All Students   3 Units

This course will prepare Special Education leaders to integrate a variety of inclusive and technology-based strategies into schoolwide planning, classroom instruction, assessment and data-based monitoring to meet the diverse needs of all learners. It is critical educators not only understand but model the attitude of acceptance, creating culturally responsive learning opportunities, and demonstrating flexibility in the ways that students are engaged academically and socially. Evidenced-based teaching strategies and technology that will give all learners access to successful learning opportunities. Topics will include differentiated instruction, individualized accommodations, Universal Design for Learning, and assistive technologies.

EDSE 704   Advanced Research in Special Education: Legal, Historic, and Current Issues   3 Units

Special Education administrators and leaders must know compliance obligations related to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The landmark Supreme Court Decisions in Special Education and the common mistakes that lead districts into litigation will be discussed. Current issues related to service delivery, fiscal compliance, work with parents and paraprofessionals, assessment, accountability, and inclusive education will be studied.

EDSE 705   Advanced Social Emotional Skills for Counselors and Special Educators   3 Units

This course will guide leaders in building and maintaining social emotional support for learners with special needs (gifts or disability) in education, home, and community settings. Best practices for data-based decision making, School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) and Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) designed to enhance the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for all learners will be studied.

EDSE 752   Mixed Research Methods for Leaders in Special Education   3 Units

This course provides students with an exposure and skill development in the use of mixed methods, both qualitative and quantitative, for the study of educational research. Students will learn and understand the theoretical underpinnings of mixed methods and the application of these methods for effective leadership in dynamic global settings. The course approaches conducting research and the understanding of research as a key competency for those who will successfully lead school and organizations in the 21st century. Special attention is given to design of research questions, problem and purpose statements, variables, constructs and sampling. This course also prepares students to craft and answer important educational questions using mixed methods.

EDSE 753   Qualitative Design and Analysis for Leaders in Special Education   3 Units

This course develops students skill set in the use of qualitative methods for the study of special education research. Students will learn and understand the theoretical basis of qualitative methods and how these methods are applied toward the successful leadership of schools and other organizations. The course covers the collection, coding, analysis, and reporting of qualitative data. This course also prepares students to craft and answer important researchable questions using qualitative methods.