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Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling

The Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling offers undergraduate majors that prepare professionals to serve children and adults with special needs and disabilities.

Special Education

Majors in special education prepare highly qualified teachers to serve children of all ages with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, and behavior disorders. The collaborative teacher special education major leads to teacher certification in grades K-12; the early childhood/elementary special education major leads to teacher certification grades P-6. These teacher education programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Education. Auburn University’s College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

The rehabilitation and disability studies program prepares students for jobs in the rehabilitation field such as vocational evaluation and work adjustment, mental health technicians, case managers, human service workers, and as supported employment specialists. Graduates can also use this major for entry into rehabilitation graduate programs in areas such as counselor training, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredits Auburn University’s rehabilitation programs. The Rehabilitation Counseling program ranks No. 14, among public universities, in the Health Disciplines category of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools’’ survey of 2012.

The Auburn University schedule of courses is available on the Auburn University website. Information about graduate programs is available at the following links: Rehabilitation and Special Education - MEd, MS, EdS, PhD and Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology- MEd, MS, PhD.

 The Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling offers the following undergraduate degree programs.

Undergraduate Majors

Counselor Ed, Counseling Psych Courses

COUN 1000 CAREER ORIENTATION EXPLORATION (2) LEC. 1. LAB. 2. The process of career decision-making through hands- on activities, in-class exercises, and job shadowing.

COUN 2000 LIVING AND COMMUNICATING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY (3) LEC. 3. The class developing cultural competence in context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society related to such factors as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, and mental and physical abilities/disabilities.

COUN 2900 DIRECTED STUDIES (1-3) IND. SU. Reading, research, or other work undertaken by a student focused on an area of special interest. Directed by faculty member. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 2940 DIRECTED FIELD EXPERIENCE (1-3) FLD. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 2970/2973 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT (1-3) LEC. Selected topics in college student development. Fall, Spring. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

COUN 3000/3003 CAREER SUCCESS (2) LEC. 2. Developing a career plan via instruction on researching careers, writing resumes, developing portfolios, interviewing, net working and other career development practices. May count either COUN 3000 or COUN 3003.

COUN 3100 COUNSELING AND HUMAN SERVICES (3) LEC. 3. Counseling concepts and skills appropriate in the helping professions. Not open to graduate students in counseling education.

COUN 3980 SUPERVISED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN COUNSELING (3) LAB. 3. SU. This course provides students with the opportunity to gain supervised research experience in counselor education, counseling psychology, and special education programs. Students will work with the faculty instructor to gain experience in a range of research activities.

COUN 7100 INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Orientation to profession of school psychology; history of the profession, professional roles, ethical and legal standards, and current issues.

COUN 7200 INTRODUCTION TO MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7100 or (COUN 7400 or COUN 7406) or COUN 8530. Introduction to the history and theory of measurement and assessment as it applies to counselors and psychologists.

COUN 7210 APPRAISAL IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7200 and COUN 7350. Development, administration, scoring and interpretation of personality, interest, aptitude, achievement, attitude tests. Includes assessment interview, behavioral observation.

COUN 7220 INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7200. Theory and measurement of children's intelligence. Administration and interpretation of selected tests.

COUN 7230 CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND VOCATIONAL APPRAISAL (3) LEC. 3. Career development theories appraising vocationally related interests, aptitudes, and personal characteristics. Laboratory practice in test procedures.

COUN 7240/7246 COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (3) LEC. 3. Course provides awareness, knowledge, and skills for counseling children and adolescents using effective theoretical approaches, counseling modalities, and specific techniques. May count either COUN 7240 or COUN 7246.

COUN 7250/7256 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS IN COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7100 or (COUN 7400 or COUN 7406) or COUN 8530. Assessment/diagnostic skills related to counseling: intake, assessment, diagnostic criteria, treatment planning, counseling interventions. May count either COUN 7250 or COUN 7256.

COUN 7310/7316 COUNSELING APPLICATIONS OF LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT (3) LEC. 3. Theories and current research in development across the lifespan with emphasis on applications to counseling. May count either COUN 7310 or COUN 7316.

COUN 7320/7326 COUNSELING THEORIES (3) LEC. 3. Study of major counseling theories. May count either COUN 7320 or COUN 7326.

COUN 7330/7336 COUNSELING DIVERSE POPULATIONS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Special counseling and advocacy issues. Needs of diverse populations are considered.

COUN 7340 GROUP COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Leading, developing, evaluating a counseling group; including group proposal, session development, group dynamics, group leadership and evaluation, treatment planning; group intervention, counseling skills.

COUN 7350 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (COUN 7320 or COUN 7326) or (COUN 7400 or COUN 7406) or COUN 8530. Methods, interventions, and skills essential to counseling.

COUN 7360 ADVANCED COUNSELING PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Students must successfully pass the Introduction to Counseling Practice (COUN 7350)course before they are permitted to enroll in Advanced Counseling Practice. An intensive study of advanced counseling skills with supervised experience. Class format will include lecture, group discussion, role play, case and videotaped counseling practice analysis, observational analysis and evaluation of counseling techniques.

COUN 7400/7406 ORIENTATION TO PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Orientation to the counseling field with emphasis on philosophical, historical, psychological, and organizational foundations of professional practice.

COUN 7410 ORIENTATION TO CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Orientation to clinical mental health counseling to include roles, responsibilities, systems, theories, professional issues, and history.

COUN 7420 ORIENTATION TO SCHOOL COUNSEL (3) LEC. 3. Orientation to the role and activities of the K-12 school counselor. Emphasis on the components of a developmentally-oriented school counseling program.

COUN 7430 COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT (3) LEC. 3. Theory and practice of counseling and student services in higher education.

COUN 7500/7506 CRISIS INTERVENTION IN COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Development of skills and knowledge for crisis intervention and management in counseling, including prevention planning, intervention strategies and evaluation.

COUN 7510 ADVANCED CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERVENTIONS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7320 or COUN 7326. Advanced counseling interventions, practices, techniques and methods for mental health counselors, including treatment planning, counseling processes, and evaluation.

COUN 7810 COUNSELING CONSULTATION THEORY AND PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Counseling consultation theories, models, practices, legal and ethical standards, and interdisciplinary approaches in school and clinical mental health settings.

COUN 7820 PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS: ACADEMIC (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7100 and COUN 7220. Intervention approaches designed to address children's academic success across all content areas including: reading, mathematics, written language and other academic enablers.

COUN 7900 DIRECTED STUDIES (1-3) IND. SU. Independent learning effort directed at desired objectives. Includes evaluation by professor and student at regular intervals. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 7910 PRACTICUM (3) LEC. 3. SU. Departmental approval. Supervised experiences appropriate to student's program emphasis area. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 7920 INTERNSHIP (1-9) INT. SU. Pr. COUN 7910. Departmental approval. Supervised on-the-job experiences. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 7940 DIRECTED FIELD EXPERIENCE (1-10) FLD. SU. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

COUN 7960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-10) IND. SU. May be taken more than one semester. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

COUN 7970 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3) AAB. An in-depth study of a current topic(s) impacting the professions related to departmental programs.

COUN 7990 RESEARCH AND THESIS (1-10) MST. Course may be repeated with a change in topic. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

COUN 8100 PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (3) LEC. 3. Origins and structure of individual differences in personality and intelligence, and their application to counseling.

COUN 8110 COUNSELING ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (3) LEC. 3. Development, administration, scoring and interpretation of personality, interest, aptitude, achievement, and attitude tests across the lifespan.

COUN 8200 INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT OF ADULTS (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 3. Pr. COUN 7200. Theory and measurement of adult intelligence. Administration and interpretation of selected tests.

COUN 8210 TEST ADMINISTRATION AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COUN 7200 or ERMA 8350 or FOUN 8350 and COUN 7210. Coreq. COUN 8200. Administration and scoring of selected tests, primarily WAIS-IV, to familiarize students with measurements for assessment of adult intelligence.

COUN 8300 RESEARCH DESIGN IN COUNSELING AND EVALUATION (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Methods for counseling research design . Studies, experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental, survey, between subjects and within subjects.

COUN 8400 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (1-3) LEC. Scientific foundations of the counseling psychology profession and application of that foundational knowledge in counseling interventions. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 8510 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN COUNSELOR EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. History, development, current issues. Philosophical assumptions, legal and ethical considerations, new research service initiatives.

COUN 8520 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (1-3) LEC. History, development, and current issues. Legal and ethical considerations, research and service initiatives, and new client populations. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

COUN 8530 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. History, development, and current professional issues. Philosophical and cultural assumptions, legal and ethical considerations, and current research topics.

COUN 8540 COUN SUPERVISION-THEORY & PRAC (3) LEC. 3. Advanced theories, skills, models and methods used in counseling supervision including counselor development, supervisory processes and evaluation.

COUN 8550/8556 COUNSELOR EDUCATION PEDAGOGY (3) LEC. 3. Counselor Education pedagogical skills and knowledge including; theories, course and curriculum development methods, and professional responsibilities. May count either COUN 8550 or COUN 8556.

COUN 8610 ADVANCED THEORIES: EXISTENTIAL/HUMANISTIC (3) LEC. 3. Theory and practice of humanistic/existential approaches to individual and group therapy.

COUN 8620 ADVANCED THEORIES: COGNITIVE/BEHAVIORAL THEORIES (3) LEC. 3. Current cognitive/behavioral models for understanding human problems and behavior change.

COUN 8630 ADVANCED THEORIES: PSYCHODYNAMIC THEORIES (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. The origins, current status, and emerging applications of psychodynamic approaches to counseling.

COUN 8800 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP SKILLS (3) LEC. 3. This three-hour required course is designed to help students solidify their professional identity and effectively apply for their one-year Counseling Psychology internship.

COUN 8910 PRACTICUM (3) LEC. 3. SU. Departmental approval. Advanced supervised experiences appropriate to student's program emphasis. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 8920 INTERNSHIP (1-9) INT. SU. Departmental approval. Advanced supervised on-the-job experiences appropriate to doctoral-level study. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 8930 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (0) INT. SU. Departmental approval. Supervised, full-time experience in Counseling Psychology at the doctoral level. May be repeated to satisfy 2000 clock hour accreditation requirement.

COUN 8970 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3) SEM. An in-depth study of the current educational, sociological, psychological, economic, health, legal, technological, and professional issues impacting the professions related to departmental programs. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

COUN 8980 FIELD PROJECT (1-10) FLD. SU. Departmental approval. Required for completion of the Education Specialist degree. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

COUN 8990 RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION (1-10) DSR.

Rehabilitation & Special Ed Courses

RSED 3000/3003 DIVERSITY AND EXCEPTIONALITY OF LEARNERS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. 2.00 GPA Exploration of philosophical, social, cultural, and legal factors, and individual characteristics shaping education for individuals with disabilities; and roles/responsibilities of educators in inclusive settings. May count either RSED 3000 or RSED 3003.

RSED 3010 INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Orientation to special education profession including history, philosophy, federal legislation, contemporary issues and national organizations.

RSED 3020 INTRODUCTION TO REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Orientation to the profession including history, philosophy, federal legislation, contemporary issues and national organizations.

RSED 3030 INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH PATHOLOGY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Emphasis on the role and function of speech pathologist with respect to best practices in the school setting.

RSED 3100/3103 ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 3010. Concepts and techniques for developmental screening, evaluation and assessment for young children (ages 3-8) with developmental delays and disabilities. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 3100 or RSED 3103.

RSED 3110/3113 ASSESSMENT: ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized aptitude and educational tests used in the field of special education. May count either RSED 3110 or RSED 3113.

RSED 3120 ASSESSMENT IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of work sample systems and standardized tests of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interest, and dexterity used in the field of rehabilitation.

RSED 4010 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Skills to manage the behavior of special education students including behavioral assessment, selection criteria for appropriate intervention strategies and evaluation of intervention effectiveness.

RSED 4100 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Theoretical and practical aspects of written and oral communication with rehabilitation and other professionals, clients, and family members.

RSED 4110 SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Historical, legislative, theoretical, research and practical foundation of supported employment.

RSED 4120 INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. The history, legislation and philosophy of the independent living movement and its impact on the quality of life for people with severe disabilities.

RSED 4130 ETHICAL PRACTICES IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Ethical dilemmas that are routinely faced by practitioners in human service occupations.

RSED 4140 ASSESSMENT: PROGRAM PLANNING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Coreq. RSED 4920. A framework for understanding the purposes and processes that underlie various forms of educational assessments, with emphasis on application assessment of students with disabilities, and how to use assessment data to inform instructional planning and IEP goal development.

RSED 4900/4903 DIRECTED STUDIES (1-3) IND. SU. Departmental approval. Content focus of study area will be translated into specific objectives with student learning guided by the instructor. Emphasis on exceptional learners. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

RSED 4910/4913 PRACTICUM (1-6) PRA. SU. Departmental approval. Practice in educational or community service setting aligned with degree program option. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

RSED 4923/4920 CLINICAL RESIDENCY (9) AAB/INT. SU. Comprehensive supervised on-the job experience in a school, college or community-based setting serving individuals with disabilities. Departmental approval or admission to internship.

RSED 4970/4973 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3) IND. Departmental approval. Seminar in which upper-level students and professors engage in critical thinking regarding selected concepts, theories, research, and issues germane to the field of disabilities. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

RSED 5000 ADVANCED SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONALITY (3) LEC. 3. This course is an advanced study of exceptionality with emphasis upon the educational implications of disability and current issues in special education and rehabilitation. May count RSED 5000, RSED 6000, or RSED 6006.

RSED 5010 MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY (3) LEC. 3. Medical terminology, basic body systems, common malfunctions, therapeutic services, restorative techniques, and disability evaluation for different disability groups and the vocational implications of each. May count RSED 5010, RSED 6010, or RSED 6016.

RSED 5020 PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY (3) LEC. 3. Theoretical constructs and practical issues for various types of physical, mental, psychiatric, and social disabilities with implications for personal, vocational, social and community adjustment. May count RSED 5020, RSED 6020, or RSED 6026.

RSED 5030 MENTAL RETARDATION (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition and classification of individuals with mental retardation. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5030, RSED 6030, or RSED 6036.

RSED 5040 LEARNING DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition, and classification of individuals with learning disabilities. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5040, RSED 6040, or RSED 6046.

RSED 5050 BEHAVIOR DISORDER (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition, and classification of individuals with behavior disorders. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5050, RSED 6050, or RSED 6056.

RSED 5060 SEVERE DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition and classification of individuals with severe levels of disability. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5060, RSED 6060, or RSED 6066.

RSED 5070 MILD DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. The purpose of this course is to present the major concepts and issues related to mild disabilities. A variety of topics, ranging from the historical developments in the field to proposed teaching procedures for students, will be discussed. In-depth analysis of selected topics will be accomplished with student presentations and assignments. May count either RSED 5070 or RSED 6070.

RSED 5100 INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 3010. Historical, legislative, and philosophical basis of early intervention for young children, birth through age two, with special needs and their families. May count RSED 5100, RSED 6100, or RSED 6106.

RSED 5110 CURRICULUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 3010. Admission to Teacher Education. Procedures for developing, implementing, and monitoring individualized educational programs in natural settings. Admission to Teacher Education. May count RSED 5110, RSED 6110, or RSED 6116.

RSED 5120 CURRICULUM IN ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 3010. Admission to Teacher Education. Functional/developmental approach to the selection, development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum activities for the collaborative instruction of elementary children with disabilities. May count RSED 5120, RSED 6120, or RSED 6126.

RSED 5130 CURRICULUM IN SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 3010. Admission to Teacher Education. Functional/developmental approach to the selection, development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum materials for the collaborative instruction of secondary students with disabilities. Admission to Teacher Education. May count RSED 5130, RSED 6130, or RSED 6136.

RSED 5140 CURRICULUM IN SEVERE DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 3010. Understanding a functional/developmental approach to selecting, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate curriculum activities for instructing students with severe disabilities. May count RSED 5140, RSED 6140, or RSED 6146.

RSED 5150 ELEMENTARY TEACHING METHODS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Admission to Teacher Education. Instructional strategies in reading and math for students who have learning and behavior problems. May count RSED 5150, RSED 6150, or RSED 6156.

RSED 5160 FRAMEWORK FOR COLLABORATION IN K-12 (3) LEC. 3. Admission to Teacher Education. Collaborative teaching, consultation, and teaming as a critical best practice in serving students with disabilities. May count RSED 5160, RSED 6160, or RSED 6166.

RSED 5170 TRANSITION FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD (3) LEC. 3. History, philosophy, models, and definitions of transition with emphasis on practices, programs, and services. May count RSED 5170, RSED 6170, or RSED 6176.

RSED 5180 INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical basis and the practical application of classroom organizational and instructional classroom management for students with learning and behavioral problems. The focus of this class will be to discuss proactive approaches to instructional classroom management. May count RSED 5180, RSED 6180, or RSED 6186.

RSED 5190 COMMUNITY-BASED INSTRUCTION AND RELATED SERVICES (3) LEC. 3. Provides an in-depth study of transition programs and practices for youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. May count either RSED 6190 or RSED 6196.

RSED 5200/5203 VOCATIONAL EVALUATION IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Vocational evaluation and work adjustment techniques and strategies used within the rehabilitation process. May count RSED 5200, RSED 5203, RSED 6200, or RSED 6206.

RSED 5210 OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION (3) LEC. 3. Identification, location, and use of data resources for job accommodation and modification strategies, labor market surveys, and job placement of persons with disabilities. May count RSED 5210, RSED 6210, or RSED 6216.

RSED 5220 PLACEMENT SERVICES IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Theories, strategies, and techniques for job development, accommodation, modification, and placement of people with disabilities with application skills needed to facilitate employment. May count RSED 5220, RSED 6220, or RSED 6226.

RSED 5230 REHABILITATION ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Basic computer literacy; use of commercially available software, and assistive technology for use by persons with disabilities. May count RSED 5230, RSED 6230, or RSED 6236.

RSED 5340 FOUNDATIONS OF SUBSTANCE USE COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Provides knowledge of the nature of substance abuse, drug classification, models of addiction, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, and related issues. May count RSED 5340, RSED 6340, or RSED 6346.

RSED 6000/6006 ADVANCED SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONALITY (3) LEC. 3. This course is an advanced study of exceptionality with emphasis upon the educational implications of disability and current issues in special education and rehabilitation. May count RSED 5000, RSED 6000, or RSED 6006.

RSED 6010/6016 MEDICAL VOC & PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY (3) LEC. 3. An introduction to medical terminology, body systems, common physical and cognitive conditions therapeutic/restorative services, and psychosocial & vocational considerations of various disabilities. May count RSED 6010 or RSED 6016.

RSED 6020/6026 PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY (3) LEC. 3. Theoretical constructs and practical issues for various types of physical, mental, psychiatric, and social disabilities with implications for personal, vocational, social and community adjustment. May count RSED 5020, RSED 6020, or RSED 6026.

RSED 6030/6036 MENTAL RETARDATION (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition and classification of individuals with mental retardation. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5030, RSED 6030, or RSED 6036.

RSED 6040/6046 LEARNING DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition, and classification of individuals with learning disabilities. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5040, RSED 6040, or RSED 6046.

RSED 6050/6056 BEHAVIOR DISORDERS (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition, and classification of individuals with behavior disorders. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5050, RSED 6050, or RSED 6056.

RSED 6060/6066 SEVERE DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Historical perspective, theoretical concepts, etiology, diagnosis, definition, and classification of individuals with severe levels of disability. Educational and rehabilitative approaches and contemporary issues are emphasized. May count RSED 5060, RSED 6060, or RSED 6066.

RSED 6070 MILD DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. The purpose of this course is to present the major concepts and issues related to mild disabilities. A variety of topics, ranging from the historical developments in the field to proposed teaching procedures for students, will be discussed. In-depth analysis of selected topics will be accomplished with student presentations and assignments. May count RSED 5070 or RSED 6070.

RSED 6100/6106 INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Historical, legislative, and philosophical basis of early intervention for young children, birth through age two, with special needs and their families. May count RSED 5100, RSED 6100, or RSED 6106.

RSED 6110/6116 CURRICULUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Procedures for developing, implementing, and monitoring individualized educational programs in natural settings. May count RSED 5110, RSED 6110, or RSED 6116.

RSED 6120/6126 CURRICULUM IN ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Functional/developmental approach to the selection, development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum for the collaborative instruction of elementary children with disabilities. May count RSED 5120, RSED 6120, or RSED 6126.

RSED 6130/6136 CURRICULUM IN SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Functional/developmental approach to the selection, development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum materials for the collaborative instruction of secondary students with disabilities. May count RSED 5130, RSED 6130, or RSED 6136.

RSED 6140/6146 CURRICULUM IN SEVERE DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Understanding a functional/developmental approach to selecting, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate curriculum activities for instructing students with severe disabilities. May count RSED 5140, RSED 6140, or RSED 6146.

RSED 6150/6156 TEACHING METHODS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Instructional strategies in reading and math for students who have learning and behavior problems. May count RSED 5150, RSED 6150, or RSED 6156.

RSED 6160/6166 COLLABORATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Collaborative teaching, consultation, and teaming as a critical best practice in serving students with disabilities. May count RSED 5160, RSED 6160, or RSED 6166.

RSED 6170/6176 TRANSITION FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD (3) LEC. 3. History, philosophy, models, and definitions of transition with emphasis on best practices, programs, and services. May count RSED 5170, RSED 6170, or RSED 6176.

RSED 6180/6186 INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical basis and the practical application of classroom organization and instructional classroom management for students with learning and behavioral problems. The focus of this class will be to discuss proactive approaches to instructional classroom management. May count RSED 5180, RSED 6180, or RSED 6186.

RSED 6190/6196 COMMUNITY-BASED INSTRUCTION AND RELATED SERVICES (3) LEC. 3. Provides an in-depth study of transition programs and practices for youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. May count either RSED 5190 or or RSED 6196.

RSED 6200/6206 VOCATIONAL EVALUATION IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Vocational evaluation and work adjustment techniques and strategies used within the rehabilitation process. May count RSED 5200, RSED 5203, RSED 6200, or RSED 6206.

RSED 6210/6216 OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION (3) LEC. 3. Identification, location, and use of data resources for job accommodation and modification strategies, labor market surveys, and job placement of persons with disabilities. May count RSED 5210, RSED 6210, or RSED 6216.

RSED 6220/6226 PLACEMENT SERVICES IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. The course is designed to familiarize students with career theory and methods used by rehabilitation practitioners to analyze and apply vocational techniques to place individuals with disabilities. May count RSED 6220 or RSED 6226.

RSED 6230/6236 REHABILITATION ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Basic computer literacy; use of commercially available software, and assistive technology for use by persons with disabilities. May count RSED 5230, RSED 6230, or RSED 6236.

RSED 6340/6346 FOUNDATIONS OF SUBSTANCE USE COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Provides knowledge of the nature of substance abuse, drug classification, models of addiction, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, and related issues. May count RSED 5340, RSED 6340, or RSED 6346.

RSED 7010/7016 REHABILITATION PROFESSIONS, PROGRAMS AND ETHICS (3) LEC. 3. This course exposes students to the ethics, history and development of the rehabilitation counseling movement inclusive of its legal base, philosophies, concepts, and current socio-political trends. May count either RSED 7010 or RSED 7016.

RSED 7100/7106 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION IN EARLY INTERVENTION (3) LEC. 3. Assessment and intervention strategies for special needs children, birth to age three. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7100 or RSED 7106.

RSED 7110/7116 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Assessment and intervention strategies for special needs children, pre-k through 3rd grade. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7110 or RSED 7116.

RSED 7120/7126 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Advanced study of educational tests and procedures for diagnosing special training problems. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7120 or RSED 7126.

RSED 7130/7136 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT I IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Principles, process and techniques used to diagnose vocationally-related assets and liabilities of the individual with disabilities. May count either RSED 7130 or RSED 7136.

RSED 7140 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT II IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 7130 or RSED 7136. Interpretation of vocational evaluation data for prescriptive purposes and communication of that data through report writing and oral communication.

RSED 7150/7156 MULTICULTURAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Study of three main areas relevant to multicultural competencies and standards for rehabilitation professionals: (a) acquisition of communication skills; (b) attitudes towards ethnic minorities, and (c) knowledge about minority populations. May count either RSED 7150 or RSED 7156.

RSED 7200/7206 ADVANCED INTERVENTION WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 7100 or RSED 7106. Administration and on-going management of early intervention programs and service coordination of individualized family service plans and family support. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7200 or RSED 7206.

RSED 7210/7216 ADVANCED INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 7110 or RSED 7116. Curriculum methods, intervention plans, intervention methods, physical and medical management, environmental and behavioral management, and evaluation of child and family outcomes. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7210 or RSED 7216.

RSED 7220/7226 ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Applied study and practice in analyzing, designing, constructing and evaluating teaching sequences and programs with empirical emphasis for design of instructional principles. May count either RSED 7220 or RSED 7226.

RSED 7230/7236 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3) LEC. 3. Provides skills necessary to direct academic and social performance and appropriately manage the behavior of students with special needs. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7230 or RSED 7236.

RSED 7246/7240 SENINAR IN REHABILITATION RESEARCH AND DESIGN (3) LEC. 3. Research in rehabilitation counseling, with focus on acquisition of knowledge about traditional and recent developments in research methods, and skill application. May count either RSED 7240 or RSED 7246.

RSED 7300/7306 REHABILITATION COUNSELING TECHNIQUES (3) LEC. 3. Facilitative communication skills and systematic problem solving skills for effective clinical practice. May count either RSED 7300 or RSED 7306.

RSED 7310/7316 PROPRIETARY REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (RSED 6210 or RSED 6216) and (RSED 7130 or RSED 7136). Vocational rehabilitation in private sector including case management and expert witness for workers compensation, personal injury litigation, and social security. May count either RSED 7310 or RSED 7316.

RSED 7320/7326 INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING APPROACHES IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Survey of theoretical approaches involved in individual counseling with an emphasis on persons with disabilities using an eclectic point of view and psycho-educational approach. May count either RSED 7320 or RSED 7326.

RSED 7330/7336 GROUP COUNSELING IN REHABILITATION SETTINGS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. RSED 7320 or RSED 7326. Nature and function of group dynamics in rehabilitation settings including theories of groups, group structure, and psych-educational strategies used with rehabilitation clients. May count either RSED 7330 or RSED 7336.

RSED 7400/7406 CURRICULUM AND TEACHING IN SPECIALIZATION (3) LEC. 3. Curriculum design, content, and materials selection related to teaching practices in areas of specialization (intellectual disability, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, etc.). RSED 7400 and RSED 7406 may be repeated for a maximum combined total of 6 credit hours.

RSED 7410/7416 PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION IN SPECIALIZATION (3) LEC. 3. Program organization and development of materials for curriculum improvement and teaching practices in specialization area (mental retardation, learning disabilities, etc.). RSED 7410 and RSED 7416 may be repeated for a maximum combined total of 6 credit hours.

RSED 7420/7426 RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZATION (3) LEC. 3. Examination and interpretation of applied research in specialization area (mental retardation, learning disabilities behavioral disorders, etc.). May count either RSED 7420 or RSED 7426.

RSED 7430/7436 RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Applied opportunities for translating instructional and behavioral research into practice. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 7430 or RSED 7436.

RSED 7440/7446 SEMINAR IN SPECIALIZATION (3) SEM. 3. Departmental approval. Advanced students and professor(s) engage in critical thinking regarding selected concepts, theories, research and issues germane to the field of disabilities. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

RSED 7460/7466 POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS (3) LEC. 3. Evaluating and implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for students grades PK through 12 in traditional and alternative educational settings. May count either RSED 7460 or RSED 7466.

RSED 7900/7906 DIRECTED STUDIES (1-3) IND. SU. Departmental approval. Content focus of study area will be translated into specific objectives with advanced student learning guided by the instructor. The department's policy is to restrict independent study only for content not covered in RSED's course listing. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

RSED 7910/7916 PRACTICUM (1-6) PRA. SU. Departmental approval. Practice in educational or community service setting aligned with degree program option. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

RSED 7920/7926 CLINICAL RESIDENCY (1-9) INT. SU. Departmental approval. Comprehensive supervised on-the-job experience in a school, college or community-based setting serving individuals with disabilities. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

RSED 7940/7946 ADVANCED THEORIES IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING (3) LEC. 3. Intensive study of advanced theories within rehabilitation counseling, as well as an examination of outcome research relating to the use and application of these theories and techniques. May count either RSED 7940 or RSED 7946.

RSED 7950/7956 EMERGING ADULTHOOD AND TRANSITION IN REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Introduction to the transition process of youth with disabilities from school to adulthood and employment with emphasis on the developmental stage emerging adulthood. May count either RSED 7950 or RSED 7956.

RSED 7980/7986 NON-THESIS PROJECT (1-3) IND. SU. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.

RSED 7990/7996 RESEARCH AND THESIS (1-10) MST. Departmental approval. The content focus of the study area will be translated into specific objectives with the student learning toward that end, guided by the instructor. In addition to regular meetings with the instructor, the student will be evaluated and graded according to learning performance. The department's policy is to restrict independent study only for content not covered in RSED's course listing.

RSED 8010 DISABILITIES AND RESEARCH METHODS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. History, principles, and methodology of single subject research with emphasis on the various types of research designs applied in rehabilitation and special education.

RSED 8020 DISABILITIES AND APPLIED RESEARCH IN MEASUREMENT (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Classical measurement theory, individual differences determination, constructs related to diagnostic labels, measurement bias and fairness, nature-nurture controversy, and clinical versus statistical inference.

RSED 8030 DISABILITIES AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES (3) LEC. 3. Critical and contemporary issues regarding disability and its relationship to the leadership roles of professionals in special education and rehabilitation.

RSED 8040 DISABILITIES AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Adaptive technology for use by persons with disabilities and proficiency in the use of computers and the World Wide Web as they relate to disabilities.

RSED 8050/8056 DISABILITIES AND THE LAW (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Development of rehabilitation and special education laws from a historical, policy, leadership, and advocacy. perspective.

RSED 8060 DISABILITIES AND LIFE SPAN TRANSITIONS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Advanced study of historical, legal, legislative, philosophical, and service delivery issues and trends with emphasis on research studies and programs.

RSED 8070 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR (3) LEC. 3. SU. Departmental approval. A series of doctoral seminars devoted to professional technical writing, grant writing, management, and research. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

RSED 8110/8116 ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE REHABILITATION (3) LEC. 3. Organizational leadership for the pubic and private non-profit sectors of rehabilitation emphasizing individual qualities required for successful leadership. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 8110 or RSED 8116.

RSED 8120/8126 MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS (3) LEC. 3. Objective and analytical perspective of public sector management and organizational leadership skills as it relates to rehabilitation settings. Departmental approval. May count either RSED 8120 or RSED 8126.

RSED 8230 EXAMINING DISABILITY DATABASES (3) LEC. 3. Conducting descriptive and correlational research by using existing publicly available databases in the field of disabilities.

RSED 8900 DIRECTED STUDIES (1-3) IND. SU. Departmental approval. Content focus of study area will be translated into specific objectives with student learning guided by the instructor. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

RSED 8950/8956 SEMINAR (1-3) SEM. Departmental approval. Provides an opportunity for advanced graduate students and professors to pursue cooperatively selected concepts and theoretical formulations. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

RSED 8980/8986 NON-THESIS PROJECT (1-10) IND. SU. Departmental approval. May be repeated with change in topic. Provides an opportunity for advanced graduate students to pursue a project of interest. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

RSED 8990/8996 RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION (1-10) DSR. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated with change in topic.

Special Ed, Rehab, Counseling

  • BRUMBELOE, KELLY A., Instructor
  • BUCKHALT, JOSEPH A., Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor
  • CARNEY, JAMIE S., Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor
  • CORNISH, MARILYN, Assistant Professor
  • CURTIS, REBECCA S., Associate Professor
  • DARCH, CRAIG B., Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor
  • DERZIS, NICHOLAS, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • DUNN, CAROLINE, Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor
  • EVANS, AMANDA M., Assistant Professor
  • FLEMING, CHRISTINE, Executive Director CDRS, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • FLORES, MARGARET M., Associate Professor
  • FRIPP, JESSICA, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • HILL, DORIS, Assistant Research Professor
  • HINTON, VANESSA, Lecturer
  • IARUSSI, MELANIE M., Assistant Professor
  • KLUCK, ANNETTE, Associate Professor
  • MARTIN, JR, E. DAVIS, Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor and Head
  • MEYER, JILL, Assistant Professor
  • PIPES, RANDOLPH B., Professor
  • RABREN, KAREN S., Professor
  • RAWLINS-ALDERMAN, LEE ANN, Assistant Professor
  • REILLY, AMYSUE, Associate Professor
  • RENNER, SCOTT, Assistant Research Professor
  • SCHWECK, KELLY, Project Director
  • SHIPPEN, MARGARET E., Professor
  • SUH, SUHYUN, Associate Professor
  • THOMAS, CHIPPEWA, Associate Professor