Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Special Education: Childhood Program (XCE)

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This program prepares teachers for delivery of educational services in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, self-contained classrooms, special schools, residential facilities, or consultant teachers in general education settings to help infuse special education practices into the general education class. The program focus is on the education of students who have a variety of regular and special instructional needs. Included are students in disability groups traditionally associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical/neurological disabilities, and learning and behavioral difficulties.

The coursework is designed to prepare teachers with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate modifications to the curriculum for students with mild/moderate disabilities in general and special education settings. The goal of this program is to prepare special educators, working closely with general educators, to provide the best teaching strategies to promote student learning, as well as to design positive environments that foster learning for students both with and without disabilities.

Program Requirements

Preliminary Courses

18 cr

Required for students without provisional/initial certification in special education

EXE 500

Individuals with Special Needs

EXE 501

Educational Assessment Techniques for Special Education

EXE 502

Contingency Management

EXE 503

Instructional Strategies (Foundations)

EXE 504

Graduate Practicum in Special Education (6)

Required Courses

27 cr

EXE 520

Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

EXE 620

Advanced Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

EXE 631

Adapting Language Arts and Reading for Students with Mild Disabilities

EXE 632

Direct Instruction Intervention Models for Students with Special Needs

EXE 633

Adapting Content Area Instruction

EXE 634

Applied Behavior Analysis

EXE 636

Promoting Effective Social Interaction in the Schools

EXE 682

Instructional Field Experience in Special Education*

EXE 684

Graduate Seminar in Exceptional Education

*EXE 682 is for students in the Childhood Program who do not complete EXE 504

Elective Course*

3 cr

Select one course from the following:

EXE 518

Individuals with Physical Disabilities

EXE 530

Parent and Family Involvement in Special Education Programs

EXE 534

Understanding Students with Behavior Problems in the Classroom

EXE 544

Models of Classroom Discipline for Students with Disabilities

EXE 627

Transition from School to Adult Community Life

EXE 644

Advanced Behavior Analysis for Challenging Behaviors

EXE 650

Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities

EXE 652

Intervention in Early Childhood Special Education

Master's Project or Master's Thesis

3-6 cr

Select one option:

EXE 690

Master’s Project

EXE 695

Master’s Thesis (6)

Total Required Credit Hours

30-54 cr

* Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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