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Master’s in Secondary Special Education and Transition Courses

Course Descriptions

The KU online Master's in Secondary Special Education and Transition equips education professionals with the skills to transition students and young adults to adult life. If this interests you, please read the topics and course descriptions available to you below. All courses listed are worth 3 credits.

Please note: Course list and sequence are subject to change.

Core Courses

SPED 856 - Transition Education and Services from Childhood through Adulthood

The purpose of this course is to provide a background in career development and transition education for persons with disabilities from middle school through adulthood. Emphasis is placed on IDEA requirements for transition services, career development and transition processes, transition services assessment, secondary special education curricular implications, career development and transition service needs, collaborative services in schools and communities to promote quality transition services, and issues and trends in transition education and services.

SPED 858 - Assessment for Transition Planning

The purpose of this course is to provide students in the secondary/transition personnel preparation program a background and foundation for understanding and using assessment information. Emphasis is placed on understanding the various types of assessment alternatives in secondary special education assessment and programming (cognitive, personality, interests/preferences, aptitude, life skills and self-determination) and awareness of specific examples of each. Formal and informal assessment approaches are presented with advantages and disadvantages of each applied for various populations or individuals. Curriculum-based assessment is a major emphasis for ongoing instructional and transition planning. The knowledge base for the course content comes out of the areas of measurement in educational psychology, measurement of exceptionality, special education curriculum and instruction, and vocational rehabilitation.

EPSY 715 - Understanding Research in Education

This course introduces the concepts and skills involved in understanding and analyzing research in education and related areas. The course provides an overview of basic, general knowledge of various research methodologies. Students should expect to study much of this material in greater depth through additional course work before being fully prepared to conduct independent research. However, this course should enhance their ability to locate, read, comprehend and critically analyze research articles and reports. Topics in the course include quantitative and qualitative methods and designs, historical and descriptive research and program evaluation.

SPED 857 - Career Development for Youth

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in special education and related areas who are specializing in secondary school/transition programs with an overview of career development for youth with disabilities. Emphasis is placed upon theory and practice related to career development, work-based learning, and school and community vocational training models.

SPED 861 - Blending Academics and Transition

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with research evidence of each of the components of universal design for learning within access to the general academic curriculum: multiple means of representation, expression and engagement.

SPED 862 - Work-based Learning

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with models and strategies to develop and coordinate meaningful work experiences for youth with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on practical strategies for engaging with community businesses, developing and customizing jobs and supporting youth in the workplace.

SPED 863 - Student Engagement in School and Community

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in special education and related areas who are specializing in secondary school/transition programs with an overview of models and issues pertaining to school and community engagement for secondary age youth.

SPED 859 - Interagency Services for Transition to Adulthood

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of interagency and community services and systems for adolescents and young adults with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on theory and practice related to interagency collaboration, systems change efforts in transition services, and state-of-the-art practices regarding supporting individuals with disabilities in community employment, living, socialization, community participation, and other areas of adult life.

Elective

Choose an elective from available courses that term.

SPED 898 Master's Project

The purpose of this independent study course is to provide students in the secondary/transition personnel preparation program an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of transition-related literature, resources and practices. Students will present a synthesis of empirical literature about a transition-related issue or topic (e.g. self-determination, interagency collaboration, etc.) and their unique online program portfolio. The online portfolio will document their mastery of specific competencies for secondary special educators/transition specialists.

Important Dates

Aug
03
Application Deadline

August 3

Aug
20
Next Start

August 20

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